Why, the caller asked, do I write about some outdoor shows and not about others? It's a good question and one without a clear answer.

First, the obvious. There are so many outdoor shows these days that it is almost impossible to know of them all. Thus you are going to miss one or two anyway.


More importantly, I try to give readers the benefit of my experience. For example, I receive a great deal of information about fishingand boating equipment. I read about and play with many different depth-finder units, but I usually write only about Lowrance. After yearsof experience, I can be assured that Lowrance equipment will do whatthe literature says it will do. I can't say that about others.

One caller asked why I did not mention the huge outdoor show at Harrisburg, Pa. I responded that I did not think the show was worth the two-hour drive, hassle and six bucks it cost. I will say the show improved this year. Organizers are once again forming a fishing section thatmight grow into something worthwhile.


When asked what is the verybest outdoor show, the answer is easy. Nothing beats the World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition at the Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y. Unfortunately, it is about five hours north of here. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

This is a national show; that is, the factory representatives and big distributors handling the very best fishing and hunting equipment will be there to show offwhat's new. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of fishing technology,this is the show for you.

Seminars at the World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition read like the who's who in hunting and fishing. Nationally known outdoors folk, such as author and casting instructor, Lefty Kreh, Jerry McKinnis from the popular television show, "The Fishin' Hole," pro bass fisherman Denny Brauer, and outdoor writer and hunter Peter Fiduccia are but a few of the seminar hosts.

Show hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. I recommend you make the trip during the week; weekend crowds are unbelievable.

Why write about a show in New York? Because surprisingly, there are quite a few area fishermen who do stay on the leading edge of fishing technology and make this show every year. And the number is growing.

If you are going to spend the day at a show, why not go where the good stuff is? It's just like fishing -- sometimes you may have to go a little farther tofind the big fish.

Annapolis is not without its splash of fishingcelebrities. Tomorrow, Outdoor Associates Inc. will conduct one of its National Seminar Series, which matches national fishing personalities with regional fishing experts for a day-long fishing program.

The Annapolis Sportfishing Seminar is at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Constitution Avenue and Greenfield Street. The doors open at 8 a.m. The seminar begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. A one-hour lunch break is scheduled at noon, and food will be sold by concessionaires.


On hand will be fishing superstars Mark Sosin, host of "Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal" on ESPN, Spider Andersen and George Poveromo of Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, and Dick Julylia, an authority on downrigger fishing. Joining them will be regional experts Capt.Ed Darwin, Bay Bridge and upper-bay fishing expert, Capt. Buddy Harrison Jr., middle-bay and offshore expert Capt. Joe Riley, and outdoorwriter Gary Diamond.

The seminar is designed to give fishermen timely, accurate information on how, where, and when to catch the big ones. Sosin and Poveromo take great pride in the fishing team.

The cost of the day-long seminar is $30. Each participant receives the 100-page textbook, "Salt Water Fishing," written by Sosin and Poveromo,and a one-year subscription to Salt Water Sportsman Magazine.

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