Boats out of Buddy Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island hit the first black drum of the season yesterday at the Stone Rock.
Harrison, who operates a charter-boat fleet out of the Chesapeake House docks, said the drum were found while his boats were trolling for bluefish, which have been scattered near the Stone Rock at the mouth of the Choptank River.
Last year, the black drum were in at mid-May, about a month earlier than they usually arrive. The drum can be expected to be in the area of Poplar Island and the Stone Rock for perhaps a month.
Bluefish catches also have been picking up in the middle bay region, out of Chesapeake Beach and the Choptank and up to Buoy 1A below the mouth of the West River.
Blues to 15 pounds also have become more plentiful over the past few days in the lower bay, especially in the Middle Grounds and off the beach at Point Lookout State Park.
Tomorrow-Sunday: Annual Volksmarch at Union Mills, sponsored by the Piedmont Pacers, including a Tournament of the Rings at noon tomorrow.
Tomorrow-Sunday: The Fort McHenry Cup, an invitational regatta for JY-15 sailors from Maine to Georgia, to be sailed between Fort McHenry and Key Bridge. Warning gun at 11 a.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Tomorrow-Sunday: Courtesy marine examination conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11 at the E&B Marine store on Pulaski Highway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All trailered boats examined at no charge.
Sunday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in the Maryland and Louden Heights area near Harpers Ferry. Call (410) 442-5785 or (410) 744-7943.
Monday: Prep course for captain's license examination for inland and international waters. Seven nights, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at a site to be determined in the Baltimore area. Call (410) 825-5710.
June 5: Sail For Sight Regatta to benefit the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness. PHRF and Corinthian competitors welcome. Also a Hobie Cat fleet race. Call (410) 225-9400.
NAMES AND PLACES
* Lloyd "Scott" Beatty Jr. of Royal Oak has received a Chevron Conservation Award as a reward for Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage wildlife management programs implemented on 70,000 acres. Beatty is president of the Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and research and development of sustainable natural resources.
* Yacht designer Bruce Farr of Annapolis has been elected to the Sailing World Hall of Fame. Farr was selected for all-around excellence in racing boats during the past 20 years.
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