Through March 15: Anglers have the chance to keep their fishing skills sharp during the winter months through the third annual Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Catch and Release Pickerel Tournament. The fly and light-tackle tournament covers any tidal tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Fishermen will be required to take photos of their catch against any standard ruler and submit those photos to a judging panel. Prizes will be awarded each month and for the total tournament based on inches of pickerel caught with the top prizes being fishing rods. Registration costs $30. For rules and registration procedures, go ccamd.org.
Gwynns Falls hike
Jan. 1: Hike 6.3 miles on the Gwynns Falls Trail from Washington Boulevard to Harbor Hospital with the D.C. Chapter of the Appalachian Club. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Details: amc-dc.org (click: "Chapter Activities") or call 410-263-1844.
First Day Hikes
Jan. 1: First Day Hikes are part of a national effort to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in all 50 state park systems. For a list of 23 easy-to-moderate hikes across the state, go to dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/firstdayhikes.asp.
Baltimore Boat Show
Jan. 23-26: The 60th anniversary Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show will be at the Baltimore Convention Center. Compare hundreds of boats from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons. Show will include appearances by members of the History Channel's "Swamp People," seminars a boating simulator and a 50-foot-by-50-foot pond for hands-on fly fishing practice, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. There is also a kids zone. For hours and details, go to BaltimoreBoatShow.com or call 410-224-7633.
Aug. 9: The point-to-point running race takes runners down Charles Street, now a National Scenic Byway, from the shops at Kenilworth in Towson to Power Plant Live in Baltimore. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. Register at charlesst12.com.
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