The Department of Natural Resources...


July 31, 1992


* The Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division has a program that measures the reaction of shad and striped bass to stress by blood testing, just as a medical doctor might test a patient. "Having this information has compelled us to develop ways to reduce stress on the fish," said William P. Jensen, head of fisheries. The studies have found that shad, for example, are stressed by being transported by trucks around dams such as Conowingo on the Susquehanna. In the case of striped bass, blood testing allows biologists to assess nutritional status and the effects of catch and release.

* Gee McClain of Cambridge won the triple crown of powerboat racing by taking first place in Valleyfield, Canada, to complete a sweep of the U.S. championship, the Canadian championship and the world championship.

* In Week 8 of Ocean City's Amateur Angler Fishing Contest, Dennis Blessing of Bel Air checked in a 5-pound flounder caught at the Thorofare, Jack Kaufer of Berlin, Md., landed a 12.5-pound bluefish and George Busada of Worcester, Mass., caught a 7.5-pound sea trout.

* The Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation is holding a father-son tournament on the Potomac River on Aug. 16. The tournament, which will be based at Fort Smallwood State Park, is open to any team consisting of one adult 17 or older and one child from 6 to 16. All teams must fish from boats of at least 16 feet with all required Coast Guard equipment and aerated live wells. First-place youth award will be a $1,500 U.S. Savings Bond. Registration may be made in advance or at the park on the day of the tournament. For more information, call (301) 977-3662.


Tomorrow-Sunday: Call of the Wild Sportsman's Benefit Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds. The show opens both days at 9 a.m. Hunting and fishing seminars, wildlife art auction, sporting equipment for sale, kids' fishing pond, archery range and BB gun range. Admission is $5 for those 17 and older. Benefits go to Ronald McDonald House, Hospice and the Sherriff's Youth Ranch.

Tomorrow-Sunday: White Marlin Open, Harbor Island marina in Ocean City. Boats leave the docks at 5 a.m. Weigh-ins each evening until 9:15 p.m.

Tomorrow-Sunday: Kent Narrows Powerboat Challenge. Six classes of off-shore races planned for tomorrow. Sunday set aside as a rain date. For spectator boat information, call (410) 643-1791.

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