Four Anne Arundel anglers were awarded first place in the 1993 Maryland Sportfishing Tournament, and two of the county's winners set state records.
The tournament, which is supervised by the Department of Natural Resources, is open to everyone fishing Maryland waters, except for professional guides, charter-boat captains and crews or anyone who offers his catch for sale.
Marty Hullihen of Glen Burnie smashed the 1985 Maryland walleye record when he reeled in a 30-inch, 11-pound, 6-ounce walleye on May 15. While Hullihen was casting around Deep Creek Lake, his record fish hit a spinner with an artificial worm.
Last Aug. 8, another Anne Arundel angler nailed a record fish. Odenton's Joe Gross pulled a 28-pound, 4-ounce catfish from Piscataway Creek. This bettered by nearly 10 pounds Paul Nunan's record 19-pound, 8-ounce catfish taken from the Susquehanna River back in 1978.
Jeremy O'Neal of Harwood claimed the tournament's top spot -- a 14-ouncer caught July 24 in the Choptank River.
The other Anne Arundel champ was Bill Sweeney of Edgewater. Sweeney checked in a 1-pound, 13-ounce yellow perch pulled from the Patuxent River on Aug. 22.
Hullihen and Gross each received state record citations for their catches. O'Neal and Sweeney received trophies, which are awarded to anglers who catch the largest of each tournament species during the Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 contest period.
The tournament has three divisions.
The Freshwater Division includes all freshwater ponds, lakes, impoundments and nontidal waters.
The Chesapeake Bay Division includes all of the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
The Atlantic Coast Division includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean City Inlet, Chincoteague Bay, Sinepuxent Bay, the Isle of Wight Bay and Assawoman Bay (and their tributaries) north to the Delaware line and south to the Virginia border.
Any fish you want to enter must be registered at an official weighing station. Any fish meeting the minimum sizes set by the tournament brings the angler a citation and a patch.
In Anne Arundel County, this year's official weighing stations are Angler's Sport Center, Annapolis; Bart's Sport World, Glen Burnie; South County Marine Supplies, Deale; C&EJ;'s Hunting & Fishing, Lothian; Daubert's Sport Shop, Pasadena; DJ's Hunting Fishing Station, Crofton; Fish-n-Barrel, Pasadena; Happy Harbor Inn, Deale; Marty's Sporting Goods, Edgewater; On Target, Inc, Severn; Skipper's Pier, Deale; Cobe Sport & Marine Center, Pasadena; and Warren's Bait Box, in Glen Burnie.
Trout stocking schedule
Anne Arundel County will get 5,000 stocked trout this year. Severn Run will get 1,250 trout from Department of Natural Resources trucks March 13 and April 17. Severn Run will be closed to fishing March 6-26 and April 17-23.
Lake Waterford, which is not closed for stocking, will receive 1,000 trout March 13, 500 on April 10 and 1,000 on April 17.