200 anglers to hook up in bass contest BP tournament comes to Potomac

The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society brings its BP Top 100 tournament to the Potomac River this week, and on Saturday, the top pro angler will walk away with a grand prize valued at $46,000 -- $25,000 in money and a Ranger bass boat worth $21,000. The top amateur will have to settle for an identical bass boat.

In all, 200 bass fishermen will be paired for the tournament and may fish the Potomac from below Great Falls to Point Lookout, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay.


It is a safe bet that few, if any, will venture below the Route 301 bridge, but that still leaves a lot of water to be covered along the course of one of the best tidal bass rivers in the country.

The tournament will be headquartered at Smallwood State Park near Waldorf, where the boats will launch each morning between 6:30 and 7 and catches will be weighed in each afternoon starting about 2.


The pros who will be on hand qualified by finishing in the top 100 on the B.A.S.S. tour last year. The 100 amateurs were drawn at random from a pool of entries.

Frank Ippoliti of Mount Airy is the only Maryland pro who will fish the tournament.

The Maryland amateurs in the field are:

Richard Albright, Indian Head; Steve Casey, Baltimore; Phil Civitares, Baltimore; James Coyle, Columbia; John Patrick; Davis Lusby; Lloyd Elswick, Pasadena; Herb Gainey, Mechanicsville; Gary Lee Hardesty, Huntingtown; James Heisel, Gaithersburg; Gregory Hansen, Sykesville; Charles Kenney, Accokeek; Chuck Matheny, Odenton; Thomas Austin McClintic, Savage; Bob Miller, Linthicum; Leon Miller Jr., Gaithersburg; Michael Roach, Bowie; Ray Siebert, Upper Marlboro; Lloyd Sharp, Westminster; Gregory Stephenson, Waldorf; Landis Thompson, Pasadena; Robert Vogelsang, Jessup; Scott Wills, Derwood; Travis Yates Sr., Hagerstown.

J/24 regatta

The J/24 World Championships will be held in Annapolis the first week of November, with racing scheduled to run from Nov. 1 to Nov. 6. The regatta will be headquartered at the Severn Sailing Association and the Eastport Yacht Club.

Organizers expect a fleet of 70 boats, with qualifying crews from 20 foreign countries and as many as 33 crews from the United States.

In addition to crews headed by Olympic medalists Jim Brady and Paul Foerster, past world champions Ken Read and Dave Curtis are expected to compete.


Top Chesapeake sailors entered include America's Cup veteran John Wright, Bo McBee and Peter Cramer, Doug Clark, Tim Mowry, Stewart Spettel, Tony Parker, Bunky Hines and Chip Carter, Chris Larson and Terry Hutchinson.

Winning weekend

Brady teamed with Julia Trotman, who also won a medal at the Olympics this summer, to win the J/22 East Coast National last weekend in Annapolis.

Meanwhile, Annapolis sailor Charlie Scott won the J/30 North American championships last Sunday in Connecticut. Ron Peterson of Annapolis finished second.

DNR calendar

The Department of Natural Resources has released a limited edition, 1993 calendar entitled "Maryland's Rare and Endangered Species and Habitats."


The full-color calendar features 18 of Maryland's troubled species and their habitats and includes text about each written by Janet Mckegg, director of the Natural Heritage Program.

The calendar is available by mail for $6.50 and in some shops and at DNR offices for $5. To order by mail, write Calendar, c/o Resource Conservation Service, Tawes State Office Building, E-1, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Checks should be made payable to the Natural Heritage Program.