'Power cats' purr at show in Annapolis fTC


Need a nice 70-footer for fishing and cruising anywhere in the world and have a few million dollars to spend? Stop by the United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis this weekend and check out hull No. 1 of the Hatteras 70 Convertible.

Want something easier to handle and a thousand times easier on the family budget? Check out the new Twin Vee catamarans, which can be bought without power for about a thousandth of the cost of Hatteras' queen of the show.

Virtually everything in between the opulent Hatteras and the plain Jane Twin Vee also will be available at the show, which will have hundreds of vessels on display on land and in the water along the City Dock.

The show opens to the public tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

The promoters' focus at the powerboat show is on multihulls, from the small and mid-range models built by Twin Vee, World Cat, Glacier Bay and other manufacturers to the fabulously outfitted and enormously expensive 64-foot Prout Panther.

Among the multihulls are trawlers, cruisers and fast, maneuverable fishing boats. Show organizers say the "power cat" lagoon is the largest assemblage of powered catamarans at any show in the world.

Hundreds of smaller boats can be inspected at shoreside exhibits.

Wye River closure

The U.S. State Department has closed certain areas around Wye Island to recreational activities during the Middle East peace talks to be held in the area through Sunday.

The areas to be closed are Wye Narrows, Wye River East from Wye Narrows northward and the Wye River from Wye Narrows to Quarter's Creek.

While small game or waterfowl hunters, fishermen and boaters will be prohibited from these areas, bow hunters will be allowed to participate in the special permit bow hunt at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area. No firearms will be allowed in their possession or in their vehicles.

The restrictions will be in effect from 8 a.m. today through midnight Sunday.

For more information on restricted areas, contact the Natural Resources Police at 410-364-5366.

Fishing updates

Upper Chesapeake: Water temperatures are dropping toward seasonal norms, and rockfish apparently are starting to school loosely, although finding them still presents an enjoyable problem. The Patapsco, Chester and Magothy rivers as well as the Susquehanna Flats all are good choices for anglers casting plugs, poppers, bucktails and spoons to the shallows in the evenings. Trolling along the channel edges of the mainstem and in the lower rivers also has been turning up decent numbers of rock.

Middle Chesapeake: For pure action, it's hard to beat casting to breaking blues and rockfish in the mainstem of the bay, as well as along points and current breaks closer to shore, especially in the evening when the tide is moving. But most of the rockfish are under the 18-inch minimum, and the blues are mostly 1- to 3-pounders. With some patience, however, a limit of rock along with blues and sea trout from under the breaking fish might make it worthwhile. Best trolling has been along the Western Shore drop-offs from Rose Haven to Parkers Creek, with some fish to 36 inches reported, but few and far between.

Lower Chesapeake: The best chumming for rockfish over the past week has been from Buoy 72 to the Target Ship along the eastern edge of the main channel and at Point No Point Light. Chummers also encounter large numbers of bluefish in the 1- to 3-pound range along with the occasional 7-pounder.

Inshore Ocean City: Rockfish, sea trout, flounder, blues, kingfish, dogfish and some red drum in the surf. Sea trout action is good at the Route 50 bridge and the south jetty, which also has tautog, rockfish and sea bass.

Offshore Ocean City: Croaker and sea trout on near-shore shoals, yellowfin tuna offshore at the Hot Dog and the 30-fathom line.

Powerboat show

What: 27th annual United States Powerboat Show, oldest fall in-the-water show in the country. Hundreds of boats on display, in addition to vendors for accessories, equipment and services.

Where: City Dock, Annapolis

When: Trade and VIP day is today. General admission days are tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

Hours: Show open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday.

Admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets for VIP/Trade day may be purchased for $25 each.

Parking: From Route 50, take Exit 24, Rowe Boulevard, and follow signs to parking lots. Shuttle buses from parking lots to City Dock will run from 9 a.m. to one hour after show closes each day.

Information: Call 410-268-8828.

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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