Tomorrow evening in Annapolis, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association has scheduled a rally and march to the statehouse to show support for Senate Bill 575, which proposes to make rockfish a gamefish in Maryland waters.
Supporters of the bill are asked to meet in the parking lot of Navy Marine Corps Stadium off Rowe Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. The march will start at 7 p.m.
Previously, marchers had been asked to bring fishing rods and signs showing support for the bill. Only hand-held signs will be permitted in the march.
The hearing for SB 575 will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis. Supporters of the bill are encouraged to attend.
The Maryland B.A.S.S. Chapter State Federation held its annual junior awards banquet recently to recognize youths who qualified for Maryland's Trilene Jr. State Team.
Franky Holland of the Conococheague Jr. Bassmasters was named Jr. Mr. Bass; David Roberts of the Middletown Jr. Hooksetters was named Jr. State champion.
Other members of the state team are: Steve Nuse, Mitch Beddow and Brad Elwood of the Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters, Matt Hickman and Daryl Nagle of Bayside Jr. Bassmasters, Donnie Augustine of County Line Jr. Bassmasters and Jason Deater of the Middletown Jr. Hooksetters.
From May 17-19, the first Women's Match Racing Championships held in the United States will be sailed in the Inner Harbor. Eight teams of four women will compete in J/22s.
Among the competitors expected to take part are: Betsy Alison and J.J. Isler, both former Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year, Nance Frank of the U.S. Women's Challenge for the Whitbread Round the World Race, and Cory Sertl, Olympic sailor and world champion.