After three days of overall tough fishing, the Maryland team finished third in the B.A.S.S. National Federation Eastern Divisional Championships held recently on the Ohio River near New Martinsville, W.Va.
Russell Smarr, who runs a tackle business, led the West Virginia team to first place by catching a total of six bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces.
The West Virginia team caught a total of 38 pounds, 13 ounces. The Maryland team weighed in at 35-10.
The fishing was so tough that no five-bass limits were weighed in during the tournament.
Paul Koluch of Baltimore was the top angler for the Maryland team, catching five bass for 8 pounds, which qualifies him for the Wrangler/B.A.S.S. National Championships next spring.
Chris Price of Crumpton, led the Delaware team with five bass for 5 pounds, 11 ounces and also qualified for the national championships.
Ed Loughran of Bethesda caught the big bass on Day One, which weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. The big bass for the tournament weighed 3 pounds, 7 ounces.
The finishes of other Marylanders: 19. Daniel Rodriguez, Pikesville, 4/4-13; 20. William Sanders, Baltimore, 3/4-12; 28. Robert Roark, 3/4-01; 31. Loughran, Bethesda, 2/3-14; 41. Craig Hoover, Mechanicsville, 3/3-01; 50. Doug Stierhoff, Reisterstown, 2/2-10; 54. Brian LaClair, Denton, 2/2-04; 75. Lee King, Cheltenham, 1/1-06, 81. Jeremy Birmingham, Elkridge, 1/1-04; 99. Richard Malone, Delmar; and Steven Wiseman, College Park, 1/1-0; 115. Jim Kline, Hagerstown; Donald Lewis, Greensboro; Woody Ness, Queenstown; and Butch Ward, Clear Spring, 0/0-0.
The Department of Natural Resources' Fisheries Service will hold a public meeting on regulations for nontidal waters and freshwater fishing guides tomorrow at the Tawes State Office Building, 540 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, starting at 7 p.m.
Written comments may be sent to Robert Lunsford, Fisheries Service, Tawes State Office Building, B-2, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md., 21401. Comment must be received by Oct. 18.
Big bass winner
Darrell Robertson always has liked to fish for bass in the waters around his farm in Jay, Okla. But his experiences in the recent Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championships might leave him more interested in fishing than plowing.
"I'm as excited right now as I ever have been in my life," Robertson said after a 14-pound, 6-ounce stringer of bass brought him from behind on the last day of the championships and won the $250,000 first prize. "I don't know if I'm going to fish professionally for a living in the future, though. I think an awful lot of my farm."
Robertson built his winning stringer by fishing a variety of baits on submerged brush piles five miles from the Highway 51 bridge over Fort Gibson Lake near Wagoner, Okla.