Bush hooks himself, as well as bass, in fund-raiser

March 15, 1992|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

President George Bush took a break last weekend to cast for bass in the Eagles of Angling fund-raising tournament in Pintlala, Ala.

Fishing with tournament pros Guy Eaker of Cherryville, N.C., and Charlie Ingram of Columbia, Tenn., the president's team finished sixth among 10 teams with 24 pounds of bass.

Last year, in the same church fund-raiser on B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott's private lake near Montgomery, Ingram and Eaker won the event.

The president's partners from last year, Roland Martin of Clewiston, Fla., and Orlando Wilson of Woodstock, Ga., won this year's event with 47 pounds of bass.

During the tournament, the president hooked his thumb deeply. Eaker was called on to remove the hook, pushing it through, clipping the barb and then pulling the rest of the hook back out.

Ingram and Eaker said that afterward Bush resumed fishing and caught several more fish.

The president used a crankbait most of the day, Eaker said, serving as a scout of sorts by finding submerged stumps or other structure, which his teammates then would fish with 10-inch plastic lizards.

L During the day, Bush and his teammates caught 80 to 90 bass.

Ingram caught the big bass of the day, a 12-pound largemouth.

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Newly elected: The Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation officers elected for 1992 are: Bruce Jones, president; Butch Ward, first vice president; Earl Tracey, second vice president; Joe McCann, secretary; and Chuck Walker, treasurer.

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Lots of company: Skippers of more than 240 sailboats have requested entry forms for the 38th sailing of the Newport to Bermuda Ocean Race, which will begin June 19 in Rhode Island. Race organizers expect a record field to enter before the April 15 deadline.

Among the boats returning for this biennial event are: George Coumantaros' Boomerang, first to finish in 1990; Robert Stone's Arcadia, first in Class A; Gene Syndor's Etoile, first in Class C; and Juan Corradi's Piurate, first in the cruising fleet.

The race will be scored under the IMS handicap system. Entry requests may be obtained from the Bermuda Race Committee, Box 192, Manchester, Maine 01944.

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Public input wanted: The DNR will hold a public meeting concerning the services to be offered at Fort Washington Marina on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the John Addison Concert Hall of the Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington.

Public input is wanted on food services, board sailing, sailing lessons, canoeing, canoeing lessons, boat building and repair training.

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Trout stamp competition: The 1993 Maryland Trout Stamp Design Contest is open and entries must be received by DNR or postmarked no later than July 17. The competition is open only to state residents.

Artwork may be vertical or horizontal, drawing or painting, multicolored or black and white.

Size limitations are 11 by 15 1/2 inches or a matted size of 13 1/2 by 18 inches.

Competition rules may be obtained from Frances McFaden, Maryland Trout Stamp Contest, Department of Natural Resources, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

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