Pat Kane of Baltimore, fishing aboard...


July 16, 1992


* Pat Kane of Baltimore, fishing aboard the Catspurr, caught the biggest fish in the Ocean City Tuna Tournament that ended Sunday, a yellowfin that weighed 89 pounds. Mark Dellinger of Delaware, aboard Nasty Habit II, caught the second largest (76 pounds), and John Monroe of Ocean City, aboard Carol's Tea Kettle, placed third with a 75-pounder.

Capt. Floyd Bassett and the anglers on the Green Machine out of Ocean City, caught the most poundage with 361, followed by Capt. John Sippel and the Wire Nut (299) and Capt. Jonathan Duffie and the Billfisher (231).

* More people in the U.S. bought fishing licenses last year than in any of the four previous years, 30,742,212, according to Fishing Tackle Retailer Magazine. Add in the number of senior citizens, servicemen and children who do not have to purchase licenses, and the magazine estimates there are more than 60 million fishermen in the U.S.

* Entries for the Yachting Governor's Cup sailing race from Annapolis to St. Mary's City must be received by July 25. Entry forms may be obtained by calling (410) 326-4364 or (301) 862-0380.

* Gary Bechtel of Westminster caught the heaviest bluefish (8.5 pounds) in the sixth week of the Amateur Angler Fishing Contest in Ocean City. Walter Czawlytko of Ocean City caught the heaviest flounder of the week (4 pounds). No winners were recorded for either sea bass or sea trout.


Saturday: Paddle the marshland program at Martinak State Park on the Eastern Shore. Tour of prime bass habitat and observations of wildlife. Fee and reservations required. For more information call (410) 634-2810.

Sunday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in the Hazel River area of Shenandoah National Park. For more information, call (301) 937-1498.

Monday: Get Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs, four-day fishing clinic and drug education program at Greenbrier State Park in Boonsboro and at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone. (Program will be repeated weekly Monday through Thursday, with last program starting Aug. 8.) For more information, call (800) 688-3467 (Greenbrier) or (410) 974-3664 (Rocky Gap).

Tuesday: Essex-Middle River Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association meets at Commodore Hall on Old Eastern Avenue in Essex, 7:30 p.m. Capt. Joe Mann will speak about a new concept in boat ownership for about $500 a year and present a slide show. For more information, call (410) 825-5710.

Wednesday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in the Soldiers Delight area. For more information, call (410) 486-1523.

July 24, 25, 26: Buck Fever, The Hunting Show at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. Featured speaker is scheduled to be Dan Fitzgerald, acknowledged expert of white tail deer. Also, the Maryland trophy deer contest, bow hunters' contest, seminars and dealer displays. For more information, call (410) 922-5549.


ESPN has released its video of the 1992 America's Cup and the defender and challenger trials. The 60-minute tape is narrated by Gary Jobson of Annapolis and features some spectacular footage that was squeezed out of the cable network's broadcasts. The tape is available by calling (800) 282-ESPN. The cost is $24.95.

(To have an item or question included in the Outdoor Journal, write Outdoors Editor, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, Md. 21278-0001.)

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