A few years ago, when the BASS Masters Classic was fished on the flats and tributaries of the upper Chesapeake Bay, a pro angler named Ken Cook won the title.
Cook, a former fisheries biologist from Oklahoma, worked grass beds and nearby drop-offs to win his only Classic title and put an unusual emphasis on catch-water quality while determining when and where to fish.
On April 1 and 2, Cook and five other top bass fishing pros will teach a series of seminars in the Bass Fishing Technique Institute hosted by Howard Community College in Columbia.
While Cook will lend insight to the scientific factors that can help find and catch bass, the five other pros also have favorite tactics and tackle to share with their classes.
In addition to Cook, the instructors are:
Denny Brauer of Missouri, Angler of the Year in 1987, Classic runner-up in 1992 and 13-time Classic qualifier, 1993 Megabucks champion and 1993 Superstars champion.
Charlie Ingram of Tennessee, seven-time Classic qualifier, only angler to win three B.A.S.S. tournaments in one year and host of a television series called Fisherman's University.
Randy Romig of Pennsylvania, runner-up to Cook in the 1991 Classic and a seven-time Classic qualifier.
Terry Baksay of Connecticut, first New England angler to qualify for the Classic through invitational tournaments, and six-time qualifier for the North American Bass Anglers Tournament of Champions.
Zell Rowland of Texas, eight-time Classic qualifier, Super Invitational champion, winner of $175,000 Red Man Diamond Blend Invitational.
For registration information and seminars schedules and fees, call HCC at (410) 715-2433.
White Marlin Open
The White Marlin Open will be held Aug. 7-11 at the Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City. Prize money for the tournament, which includes prizes for blue and white marlin, tuna, shark, wahoo and dolphin, is expected to exceed the record $642,500 paid last year, including $315,500 for a 68-pound white marlin. Basic entry fee is $700 per boat. For more information, call 410-289-9229 or write: White Marlin Open, P.O. Box 737, Ocean City, Md. 21842.
The Department of Natural Resources reports that the number of adult rainbow and brown trout in the catch-and-release section of the Youghiogheny River in Garrett County has increased dramatically in the stretch immediately downstream of the Deep Creek power plant.
The trout population in the area is 50 percent rainbows and 50 percent browns. Last year 12,000 brown, 13,000 kamloops rainbow and 5,400 warm-water rainbows were stocked in the area.
New match racing circuit
A five-race sailing series among the top match racers in the world is being put together under the sponsorship of Brut by Faberge, and will offer a bonus prize of $250,000 to any skipper who can win three of the five races.
Purses for each race series will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be telecast by ESPN.