On June 8, the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association offers the perfect opportunity to take a kid fishing, the annual Governor's Youth Fishing Derby.
BThe derby, which drew 3,000 entrants last year, will be held at 18 xTC sites throughout the state and is open to children ages 6 to 16.
$2 entry fee is required, but free fishing caps, goody bags and prizes will be offered to contestants at each site.
The grand prizes will include a computer, a trip to Florida and chartered fishing trips.
* Western Maryland: Cunningham Falls State Park (694-1684); Greenbrier State Park (791-3187); Herrington Manor State Park (334-9180); Rocky Gap State Park (759-6441).
* Central Maryland: Piney Run Park (795-6474); Centennial Park (313-2762); Stansbury Park (887-3814; Friends Park (838-5444); Middle Branch Park (396-3838).
* Southern Maryland: Sandy Point State Park (974-3765); Lake Waterford County Park (222-3600); North Beach Town Pier (257-6770); Gilbert Run Park (932-3470); Patuxent River Park (627-6074); Point Lookout State Park (475-4637).
* Eastern Shore: Tuckahoe State Park (758-0835); Turner's Creek (778-1948); Salisbury City Park (548-4900).
... The spring trophy season for rockfish will open Saturday, bunext Wednesday evening, public hearings will begin on the fall seasons for recreational and commercial striper seasons.
CThe first of a series of hearings will be held at the Department of Agriculture Building on Harry Truman Parkway in Annapolis at 6 p.m.
The Department of Natural Resources has not completed the schedule for remaining hearings.
... Amoco Procyon, a 65-foot, concept cruising yacht, will make itpublic debut in Annapolis on Sunday, when it goes on display at the city docks.
Amoco Procyon represents the cutting edge in technology for cruising boats, including a bipod mast to maximize wind efficiency and a canting winged keel to reduce heel and improve speed.
... Operational testing has begun on the new fish passage faciliton the east end of Conowingo Dam. The fish lift, a $12 million project, is expected to pass up to 750,000 American shad and 5 million river herring into the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River.
Shad and river herring must be able to pass upstream each spring to spawn.
BLast year, the smaller fish lift at the west end of the dam, which has been operational since 1972, passed 15,964 American shad.
... A lure named Slug-Go has been popular at Bassmaster tournaments this season, and its inventor, Herb Reed of Stonington, Conn., explained a little of its background after finishing second with the lure in the recent Wrangler/BASS Federation National Championships at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.
"It is very streamlined," Reed said. "It has no lip and no tail, so it has no directional stability."
say the least, it is very erratic and looks like a slimy slug (although it is available in 14 designer colors).
The Slug-Go should be rigged Texas style, Reed says, except that the hook should be pushed all the way through the plastic rather than buried in it.