Starting this afternoon, regional bass fishermen will have an opportunity to learn more about their sport and the areas in which they fish, as Bass Expo '91 opens at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
The seventh annual Bass Expo is an ambitious undertaking put together by Bob Dobart of Baltimore, who competes on the B.A.S.S. and Redman circuits and operates East Coast Bass Shows Inc. Dobart says his connections on the pro tours contribute to the quality of the show, which this year includes 18 seminars on different aspects of bass fishing.
Among the top speakers scheduled are Woo Daves of Chester, Va., nine-time competitor in the Bassmasters Classic; Jerry McKinnis, host of "The Fishin' Hole"; Joe Thomas, who won the $100,000 Redman All-American in 1990; and regional fishing guides Glenn Peacock, Mike Draper, Ron Broadwater and Mark Kovac.
"This is my third year on the B.A.S.S. circuit," Dobart said, "and I have fished on the Redman since 1985 -- and if you know anything about bass fishing, every year there is something new going on, a new technique, a hot lure or bait.
"Fishing the tours helps me keep up with what is new, the latest technology, and helps me get the right things in the show."
Being on a first-name basis with many of the professional bass fishermen, Dobart said, also helps him sign the best possible speakers for the seminars that start this evening and continue tomorrow and Sunday.
"There are a lot of demonstrations that go on," Dobart said, "and we hold the seminars in an area partitioned off at one end of the building, so it usually is pretty quiet.
"But when the top speakers get up there, the 500 or so chairs we put out are filled up, the curtains are lifted and people spill into the aisles."
The seminars are not the only draw for the show. Also on display will be an extensive collection of bass boats and bass fishing equipment.
More than 200 boats from 35 manufacturers will be on display, along with outboards, trolling motors, electronics, rods, reels, lures, guide services, fishing organizations and publications.
Show hours are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for
adults and $2 for children ages 10 to 14. Children under 10 are admitted free. Admission to the seminars is included in the gate fee.
Bass Expo '91 seminar schedule
6 p.m. -- Woo Daves, shallow-water worm fishing
7 p.m. -- George Cochran, crank-bait techniques
E9 8 p.m. -- Joe Thomas, shallow-water structure fishing
10 a.m. -- Bob Pingel, early-spring bassin'
11 a.m. -- Woo Daves, tidal-water bass fishing
Noon -- Greg South, fishing the plastic worm
1 p.m. -- Jerry McKinnis, the basics of fishing
2 p.m. -- Glenn Peacock and Mike Draper, fishing the tidal Potomac
3 p.m. -- George Cochran, worm-fishing on structure
4 p.m. -- Joe Thomas, using the wind to your advantage
5 p.m. -- Woo Daves, shallow-water techniques
6 p.m. -- Jerry McKinnis, selected fishing trips
7 p.m. -- Gene Hord, bass and striper fishing on Lake Anna
11 a.m. -- Bill Mathias, deep structure fishing
Noon -- Ron Broadwater, fishing Loch Raven Reservoir
1 p.m. -- Greg South, light-line bass fishing
2 p.m. -- Jerry McKinnis, memorable fishing experiences
3 p.m. -- Mark Kovach, fly-fishing the Upper Potomac