During the dog days of last August, bass pro Bob Dobart of Baltimore invited me for a day of fishing in the Tidal Potomac. To say the least, it was a dog of a day, from Belle Haven Marina just below Washington, down to Greenway Flats near Marshall Hall.
Despite good equipment and decent weather conditions, the fish simply were not hitting, although, if memory serves, Dobart did catch a few largemouth before the heat of the day set in.
Dealing with days such as that takes some perseverance, and a bit of extra knowledge becomes a valuable thing.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at the Cow Palace in the Timonium Fairgrounds, Bass Expo '92 offers an opportunity to obtain some of that extra knowledge.
The Expo is put on by Dobart, who regularly lines up a list of bass fishing pros and experts to give hourly seminars on the finer points of bass fishing.
Make no mistake about it, the idea is to get you in the door and then to get you to spend your money on boats, tackle, electronics and so on -- and there will be more than ample opportunity to do so.
But the best part of the show may well be the seminars, which are open to anyone who pays the admission fee ($5 adults, $2 for ages 10 to 14 and those under 10 admitted free).
This year, the touring pros lined up are Woo Daves, Randy Romig, Mark Hoos, Greg South and Shaw Grigsby. Romig and Daves, you may recall, finished second and third in the Bassmasters Classic fished on the Upper Chesapeake last summer.
Also scheduled to give seminars are several regional and local bass and striper experts, including Bill Mathias, Ron Broadwater, Glenn Peacock, Mark Kovach and Mike Draper.
Hours for the show are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show cruises into the Convention Center from Feb. 1 to Feb. 9 with hundreds of boats on display and its own schedule of fishing and boating seminars.
Show hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays. Admission to the show is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
A series of boating seminars will be conducted by Boat Safe Educators of Annapolis and will include tips on maintenance, rules of the road, navigation and anchoring and docking.
Fishing seminars, featuring bass pro Hoos and Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association executive director Rich Novotny, will deal with bass fishing, stripers and bluefish.