Slammer bluefish are making their best run in several years, and although the 12- to 18-pound fish have not schooled up, they are making for great sport from the Middle Grounds off Point Lookout up to the Bay Bridge area.
What that means for avid bluefish anglers is a chance to win money or prizes in the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's eighth annual Big Money Bluefish Tournament Saturday and next Sunday.
The tournament is open to boats whose captains are members '' of the MSSA by the last skippers meeting Thursday. The entry fee is $150 per boat.
Skippers meetings this week are Wednesday at Commodore Hall in Essex and Thursday at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall in Pasadena.
Total cash and prizes are worth $200,000.
2& Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Catches must be registered at one of 12 weigh-in stations in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
:. For more information, call (301) 768-8666.
Three Baltimoreans have scored big in the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. James Peleska hooked up with an 89-pound black drum off Virginia's eastern shore, Rochard Ruskey took a 50-pound, 8-ounce red drum near Fisherman Island and Ron A. Borlie caught a 6-pound, 12-ounce flounder off the Eastern Shore.
On May 18 and 19, a sporting clays mobile demonstration unit will be at the Hopkins Sporting Clays Range for the Big Pig Open tournament in Kennedyville.
The mobile unit is equipped to set up various spreads of clay targets
and shooting games. Jon Kruger, 1989 world sporting clays champion and 1990 U.S. Open champion, will appear with the mobile unit to present a shotgun magic exhibition during breaks in tournament competition.
:. For more information, call (301) 348-5287.
Tom Roster, a nationally recognized expert on ballistics of leaand steel shot, will lead a seminar for waterfowl hunters on May 21 at Patapsco High School, 100 Wise Ave., in Baltimore County.
The seminar, which is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Seminar subjects will include selections of best loads and chokes for different situations, best screw in choke tube systems for steel shot, ways to shoot steel shot effectively to bag waterfowl and how to reload steel.