My amazing view from the middle of the Gunpowder River. I took this photo right before sunset with my phone. Photo taken 6:38pm August 8, 2015
My amazing view from the middle of the Gunpowder River. I took this photo right before sunset with my phone. Photo taken 6:38pm August 8, 2015 (Posted by Kimberly Bankard, Community Contributor)

Spoon umbrella rigs

Monday, Sept. 19: The Broadneck/Magothy River chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association will present a free seminar on using spoon umbrella rigs for rockfish, bluefish Spanish mackerel. Captain John of Patent Pending Charters will be the speaker. Doors at American Legion Hall 175 at 832 Manhattan Beach Road, Severna Park, will open at 7 p.m.; the meeting begins at 7:30.


Living reef

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Rick Elyar, chair of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland's habitat committee and the force behind CCA-Md.'s Living Reef Action Campaign, will speak at the Patuxent River chapter's meeting at 7p.m. at Stoney's Kingfisher's Restaurant. The LRAC recently placed more than 70 concrete reef seeded with oysters near Tilghman Island.

Local Skyhoundz competitors have a chance to be top dogs at national competition

David Gosch of Millersville will return this week to Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship with Hippie Chick, 8, and Danni California, a 3-year-old Border Collie-Jack Russell Terrier-Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix.

Wednesday, September 21: Join Maryland Trout Unlimited at 7:30 p.m. for a presentation by Louis Wittenberg on self-guided fishing adventures in southwest Alaska. Learn how to organize your own trip. Presentation preceded by a short annual business meeting.  Meeting held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson.

Hunting and Fishing Day

Saturday, Sept. 24: National Hunting and Fishing Day, hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Free, family-friendly event runs rain or shine, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, 11518 Marriottsville Road.

Warriors set sail beyond their wounds in Annapolis

Wednesday was only the third time Adam Keys had been sailing, and he was tacking like a pro at the rudder of a J\22 off the mouth of Spa Creek. It was day two of a three-day Warrior Sailing Program basic training session in Annapolis.

Wooden boat race

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25: The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Chesapeake Traditional Sailboat Association will host the seventh annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race. Owners of wooden-hulled sailboats designed before 1970 can learn more at Registration closes next Sunday.

Red trout tournament

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25: CCA Md.'s fourth annual Red Trout Catch & Release Tournament will be held with an awards ceremony at the American Legion in Crisfield. Register at

Outdoors: Best time of year to pursue puppy drum

Lost in the discussion has been the juveniles and sub-adults — what we call puppy drum. That's understandable, especially since this year's skinny-water bite doesn't come close to that of several years ago, when we routinely caught them in Eastern Bay, South River and other places. Even so, your best bet to land one remains during these next several weeks.


Oct. 1: Anne Arundel County North Chapter of Ducks Unlimited's first "Ducktoberfest" Sportsman's Bash will be held at Earleigh Heights VFD, 161 Ritchie Highway. Severna Park. Details:

Hunter sight-in

Oct. 1: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will hold a hunter sight-in for muzzleloaders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Fee: $5 per muzzleloader. More information: Call Robert Batchelor at 410-592-9276.

How Google is helping to crack down on illegal fishing — from space

A Google-powered surveillance system called Global Fishing Watch will monitor oceans for illegal fishing.

U.S. Sailboat Show


Oct. 6-10: U.S. Sailboat Show, City Dock, Annapolis. Tickets and details at

U.S. Powerboat Show

Oct. 13-16: U.S. Powerboat Show, City Dock, Annapolis. Tickets and details at

Runners point to trail system, marathon as ways to improve city’s running scene

On Tuesday, Runner's World magazine unveiled its ranking of the 50 best running cities in the United States.

Duck season

Oct. 15-22: First split of regular duck season. Maximum six ducks; no more than four mallards (only two hens), three wood ducks, two scaup, two redheads. No black ducks.

Rocktober Cup

Oct. 22: The CCA Baltimore chapter's Little Havana Rocktober Cup will be held at Little Havana restaurant at 1325 Key Highway. Register at

Outdoors: Mixed results on dove, rockfish excursions

Things started out promisingly enough, but in the end this week's two outdoors excursions were about as exciting as a Barney Fife true crime novel.

LUNGevity walk

Oct. 22: The Orioles will host the third-annual LUNGevity Foundation's Breathe Deep Baltimore, a 5K walk at Camden Yards to raise money and awareness for lung cancer in memory of late public relations director Monica Pence Barlow. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude on the field. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for lung cancer survivors and children 4 and under. Register at

Key School run

Oct. 23: The annual Key School 5K/10K Run and Family Fun Run will be held in Hillsmere Shores. Sponsored by the Key School Parents' Association, the races will begin at 9 a.m. at the school's campus, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Register at through Oct. 21 or at the race.

Jimmy Buffett comes to Annapolis to go sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

Legendary musician Jimmy Buffett came to Annapolis last week to go sailing.

Komen Race for the Cure

Oct. 23: The 24th annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure will be held in Hunt Valley at Shawan and McCormick roads. As the state's largest charitable footrace, the 5K is expected to draw 15,000 registrants and spectators in the name of taking #OneStepCloser to a world free of breast cancer. Registration required. Details:

8th annual Hurd race

Oct. 29: The eighth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Harford Community College. Registration for the 5K will be 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Susquehanna Center. The walk for children 10 and younger will begin at 8 a.m. The race honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in 2008 by a distracted driver who was texting. The race was founded to raise funds for Remembrance Book Scholarships for Harford Community College students and to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. For details and to preregister, go to More information: 443-412-2449.

'Fish For A Cure'

Nov. 5: "Fish For A Cure" Rockfish Tournament. Details at

Hunter sight-ins

Nov. 5, 12, 13, 19, 20: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will hold hunter sight-ins for shotguns and rifles on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Hours: Nov. 5, 12 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 20: noon to 3 p.m . Fee: $5 per shotgun or rifle. More information: Call Robert Batchelor at 410-592-9276.

Duck season

Nov. 12-25: Second split of duck season. Black duck season open.

Bay Fall Classic

Nov. 18-20: MSSA's 24th annual "Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic" will be held. Anglers are allowed to fish two of three days with a lay-day rule in effect. Register at

Goose season

Nov. 19-25: First split of migratory (Atlantic population) Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese and the possession limit six.

Duck season

Dec. 13-Jan. 28: Final split of duck season.


Goose season

Dec. 16-Feb. 4: Final split of migratory (Atlantic population) Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese and the possession limit six.

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