DNR limits baits for rockfish in part of Susquehanna

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May 22, 1991|By PETER BAKER

The waters of the Susquehanna River close to the base of Conowingo Dam were found to produce the highest mortality rate in Maryland for hooked and released striped bass in a survey taken by the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR has decided to take steps to protect further the rockfish in the river from the dam downriver to the overhead power lines that run from Cecil County to Rowland Island to Harford County.

Starting June 15, sportfishermen will be limited to use of the same baits allowed from the dam catwalk and will be prohibited from fishing from boats in that area of the river.

The baits permitted from the catwalk are doughballs, scent baits, chicken livers and worms, all of which attract more catfish and carp than rockfish.

Artificial lures, bloodworms and other baits will not be allowed in the area until Sept. 15. The regulation has been implemented for only this year and will be reviewed to determine whether it will be re-enacted in the future.

Downriver from the power lines at Rowland Island, normal use of lures and baits will be permitted.

The regulation, which will go into effect on May 27, also will prohibit dip-netting upstream of Deer Creek and the use of treble hooks, except as part of a floating fishing lure. The restrictions on treble hooks are intended to discourage the snagging of fish.

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Guido Hibdon of Gravois Mills, Mo., won the recent Bassmaster BP Top 100 tournament on Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas and in the process won the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title for the season successive season.

During the B.A.S.S. regular tournament season, which ended with the event at Bull Shoals, Hibdon weighed in 353 pounds, 15 ounces of bass.

Hibdon, 44, has entered 79 Bassmaster tournaments since 1980 and finished in the money 54 times. In 1988, Hibdon won the TC BASS Masters Classic in Richmond, Va. The BASS Masters Classic will be this year in the upper Chesapeake and its tributaries and will be based in Baltimore.

The Classic will be Aug. 22-24.

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The annual Sail for Sight will be June 7 in the Patpasco River off Fort McHenry and in the Inner Harbor. The regatta is sponsored by the Baltimore City Yacht Association and the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness.

The honorary chairman for this year's event is Jim Dickson, who in 1987 attempted a solo crossing of the Atlantic. Dickson is blind from retinitis pigmentosa. The regatta raised nearly $20,000 last year from pledges made by skippers and crews entered in the regatta.

The regatta will be headquartered at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club. Classes are available for certified and non-certified sailboats.

For more information, call Jef Eyring at (301) 792-8080.

BASS Masters Classic field

The following fishermen have qualified for the BASS Masters Classic, which will be fished in the upper waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries Aug. 22-24.

The top 15 anglers from the Bassmaster BP Top 100 tournaments:

Rank, fisherman.. .. .. .. .. Town.. .. .. ..Weight of bass checked in

1. Ron Shuffield Bismark,.. .. Ark... .. .. .. .. .. 176-07

2. Denny Brauer Camdenton,.. ..Mo... .. .. .. .. .. 167-03

3. Jim Nolan Bull Shoals,.. .. Ark... .. .. .. .. .. 165-04

4. Tommy Martin Hemphill,.. Texas.. .. .. .. .. .. 163-10

5. Shaw Grigsby Gainesville,.. Fla... .. .. .. .. .. 156-07

6. Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills,. Mo... .. .. .. .. .. 155-10

7. Charles Ingram Columbia,.. Tenn... .. .. .. .. . 154-12

8. Bo Dowden Hemphill,.. .. .. Texas.. .. .. .. .. . 153-04

9. Larry Nixon Bee Branch,.. .. Ark... .. .. .. .. . 152-06

10. Gary Klein Montgomery,.. . Texas.. .. .. .. .. . 150-01

11. Mark Davis Mount Ida,.. .. Ark... .. .. .. .. . 148-10

12. Zell Rowland Montgomery,.. Texas.. .. .. .. .. . 148-08

13. Jerry Rhyne Denver,.. .. .. N.C... .. .. .. .. . 144-15

14. Woo Daves Chester,.. .. .. . Va... .. .. .. .. . 144-12

15. Randy Fite Montgomery,.. . Texas.. .. .. .. .. . 144-11

The top 20 anglers from the Bassmaster Invitational standings (minus any who qualified in the BP Top 100):

16. Kevin Vandam Kalamazoo,.. .. Mich... .. .. .. .. 199-09

17. Guy H. Eaker Cherryville,.. . N.C... .. .. .. .. 187-14

18. Rick Clunn Montgomery,.. .. Texas.. .. .. .. .. 176-13

19. Jimmy Houston Cookson,.. .. Okla... .. .. .. .. 174-01

20. Jim Bitter Fruitland Park,.. Fla... .. .. .. .. 172-00

21. Ken Cook Meers,.. .. .. .. . Okla... .. .. .. .. 170-11

22. Mile Folkestad Yorba Linda,. Calif... .. .. .. . 166-04

23. Roland Martin Clewiston,.. .. Fla... .. .. .. .. 164-12

24. Jeff Magee Florence,.. .. .. Miss... .. .. .. .. 164-05

25. Bernard Schultz Gainesville,. Fla... .. .. .. .. 163-09

26. Ton Biffle Wagoner,.. .. .. . Okla... .. .. .. . 155-09

27. Manuel Spencer Palatka,.. .. Fla... .. .. .. .. 157-10

28. Mickey Bruce Buford,.. .. .. Ga... .. .. .. .. 155-07

29. Jim Kirkpatrick Mineola,.. . Texas.. .. .. .. .. 154-03

30. Charlie Reed Broken Bow,.. .. Okla... .. .. .. . 152-11

31. Joe Thomas.. .. .. .. .. Cincinnati.. .. .. .. 152-08

32. Randall Romig.. .. .. Spring City, Pa... .. .. 151-01

33. Jay Yelas.. .. .. .. Brookeland, Texas.. .. .. ..149-07

34. Carrol Hagood.. .. .. Auburndale, Fla... .. .. . 148-00

35. Harold Allen.. .. .. .. Milam, Texas.. .. .. .. 146-08

The top five amateur anglers who qualified last month at the Wrangler/B.A.S.S. Federation National Championship in Roanoke, Va.:

Eastern Division -- Edward Cowan, Pearl River, N.Y.

Southern Division -- Dennis A. Stacey, Marion, S.C.

Central Division -- Jerry Wagner, Fort Smith, Ark.

Northern Division -- Gary Brown, Little Hocking, Ohio

Western Division -- Mickey Trousdale, Tucumcari, N.M.

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