Boats out of Buddy Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island hit the first black drum of the season yesterday at the Stone Rock.
Harrison, who operates a charterboat fleet out of the Chesapeake House docks, said the drum were found while his boats were trolling for bluefish, which have been scattered near the Stone Rock at the mouth of the Choptank River.
Last year, the black drum were in at mid-May, about a month earlier than they usually arrive. The drum can be expected to be in the area of Poplar Island and the Stone Rock for perhaps a month.
Bluefish catches also have been picking up in the middle bay region, out of Chesapeake Beach and the Choptank and up to Buoy 1A below the mouth of the West River.
Blues to 15 pounds also have become more plentiful during the past few days in the lower bay, especially in the Middle Grounds
and off the beach at Point Lookout State Park.
Tomorrow-Sunday: Annual Volksmarch at Union Mills, sponsored by the Piedmont Pacers, including a Tournament of the Rings at noon tomorrow.
Tomorrow-Sunday: The Fort McHenry Cup, an invitational regatta for JY-15 sailors from Maine to Georgia, to be sailed between Fort McHenry and Key Bridge. Warning gun at 11 a.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Tomorrow-Sunday: Courtesy marine examination conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11 at the E&B; Marine store on Pulaski Highway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All trailered boats examined at no charge.
Sunday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in the Maryland and Louden Heights area near Harpers Ferry. Call (410) 442-5785 or (410) 744-7943.
Monday: Prep course for captain's license examination for inland and international waters. Seven nights, 6 to 11 p.m. at a site to be determined in the Baltimore area. Call (410) 825-5710.
June 5: Sail For Sight Regatta to benefit the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness. PHRF and Corinthian competitors welcome. Also a Hobie Cat fleet race. Call (410) 225-9400.
June 6: Mountain Club of Maryland maintenance trip at four shelters in Pennsylvania. Call (410) 335-2146 or (410) 442-5785.
June 6: Gun Show and Fun Day at Select-Fire Indoor Range at 115 Holsum Way, Glen Burnie. Trade tables, special prices on gun rentals and shooting fees. Admission is $4.
June 8: Meeting of Pasadena Sportfishing at the Waterbury Inn, 7:30 p.m. Speaker will be Capt. Bob Spore on local bay fishing.
NAMES AND PLACES
* Operation Bass will begin a new tournament series designed for the weekend fisherman next year. The seven-event series will be capped by a $90,000 championship. The championship field will comprise the top 10 finishers in each of six independent, regional tournaments. In this area, the regional is planned for May 6-9 on the Potomac River and will require a $200 entry fee. For more information, call Operation Bass in Kentucky at 502-362-8110.
* In a recent Bass'n Gal tournament in Missouri, rookie Mickie Wolfinbarger took first place from veteran Edna Mills-Connolly by 7 hundredths of a pound -- the weight of a 3-inch shad coughed up by Mills-Connolly's fish on the way to the scales. The finishing weights were 21.57 pounds for Wolfinbarger and 21.50 for Mills-Connolly.
* Lloyd "Scott" Beatty Jr. of Royal Oak has received a Chevron Conservation Award as a reward for Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage wildlife management programs implemented on 70,000 acres. Beatty is president of the Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and research and development of sustainable natural resources.
* Next week, Dick Martin of Baltimore will be competing in Operation Bass' Red Man All-American Bass Fishing Championship in Muskogee, Okla. Martin qualified for the tournament by placing 10th in a regional championship.
* Yacht designer Bruce Farr of Annapolis has been elected to the Sailing World Hall of Fame. Farr was selected for all-around excellence in racing boats during the past 20 years.
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