We've come upon one of those times when there is just too much for one plate.

Monday, the Striped Bass Advisory Board approved the framework for a spring striped bass fishery.


Everyone wants to hear about the rockfish, but first, I'll mention a couple of important shows. I'll cover the spring rockfish season Sunday.

Tidewater Promotions, the folks who brought you the Chesapeake Sportfishing Show last month at the Annapolis Armory, opens its Maryland Fishing and Hunting Outdoor Show today at the National GuardArmory in Pikesville.


This show is a nice blend of hunting and fishing exhibits and seminars. From the instant you enter, the chirping and gobbling of turkey calls is a strong indicator that spring turkey hunting is one of the popular topics at the show. Since the fishing season is just around the corner, you'll find plenty of equipment and information to get a jump start on the season.

The Pikesville Armory is a good-sized hall for the show -- not so large that it losesits intimacy, but large enough to make certain everything is included.

I haven't seen a list of this year's exhibitors, but normally ocean, Chesapeake Bay, fresh water, Delaware Bay and other fishing exhibits are well balanced, with perhaps a slight increase for the Chesapeake.

Hunting exhibits are strong on turkey, geese, deer and bear, with outfitters from Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

In my view, the strength of any show is the seminar program. And as usual, the Maryland Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Show has selected a good group to keep you educated and entertained.

Tonight at 7, bass fishing guide Ken Penrod will talk about bass fishing in Maryland. At 8, outfitter Bob Bandy will discuss bear and deer hunting, and at 9, Capt. Tom Price will discuss rockfishing at the Bay Bridge.

Tomorrow, Bill Burton will open the seminars with a rousing hour at 11a.m. A representative from the Maryland Bowhunters will follow at noon on how to get started in bowhunting.

Price will discuss fishingin the Bay Bridge area at 1 p.m., and Capt. Monte Webb will discuss off-shore trolling techniques at 2 p.m. Bandy will be back for a bearand deer hunting session at 3 p.m., and Penrod will get into Maryland bass fishing at 4 p.m.


On Sunday, I will open the proceedings with a talk at 11 a.m. on the 1991 Chesapeake Bay fishing outlook and the rockfish situation. At noon, Penrod will do his Maryland bass fishing thing. At 1 p.m., Webb will discuss off-shore fishing; at 2 p.m.,Bandy will talk on bear and deer hunting; and at 3 p.m., Price will again instruct fishing the Bay Bridge.

Show hours are from 6 to 10p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children under 15 are admitted free.

The Pikesville Armory is about a mile inside the Beltway on Reisterstown Road (Route 140).


The National Sportfishing Seminar comes to Annapolis Feb. 23. Fishing professionals such as Mark Sosin of "Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal" on ESPN, George Poveromo and Spyder Andresen from Salt Water Sportsman, and Dick Julylia, an authority on downrigger fishing, will be on hand.

The National Seminar Series, organized by Sosin and Poveromo, takes great pride in its teaching team. The regional teams are mostly captains and guides who enjoy a sterling reputation for catching specific game fish.


Based on key species, teams thoroughly cover the fishing within striking range of therespective seminar site.

A criterion for joining the staff is that a captain must divulge what it takes to catch his specialty fish, locations included. No holds are barred.

This year's regional panelincludes Capt. Buddy Harrison Jr. of Tilghman Island, Capt. Ed Darwin of Baltimore, off-shore expert Capt. Joe Riley, and Gary Diamond.

The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryland Hall for theCreative Arts, Constitution Avenue and Greenfield Street in Annapolis. The cost is $30, payable by Visa or MasterCard by dialing 1-800-448-7360.

Bob Spore is a Coast Guard-licensed charter boat captain from Pasadena. His Outdoors column appears every Friday and Sundayin The Anne Arundel County Sun.