New video, 3rd book from Penrod are musts for Potomac fishermen


January 17, 1993|By LONNY WEAVER

Many Carroll County anglers fish the nearby Potomac River. Less than an hour's drive from just about any local area, the Potomac is considered one of the nation's premier smallmouth fisheries.

No one knows this river better than professional bass guide Ken Penrod, and his two books, "Fishing the Tidal Potomac River" and "Fishing the Upper Potomac River," are standard references on most anglers' and outdoors writers' bookshelves.

Penrod now has a third book ("Tidewater Bass Fishing") in print that serious anglers will want to read, and he has a companion video to his second book, "Fishing the Upper Potomac River."

If any one person pioneered tidal bass fishing, most experts would credit Penrod with the honor. His most famous work covers the Washington area of the river, south almost to the area that meets the Chesapeake.

But, Penrod also has loads of experience pulling bass from many other area tidal waters such as the Wicomico River, the Upper Chesapeake, the Pocomoke and Choptank, plus Virginia's James and Rappahannock rivers.

If you have fished with him or read his previous books, you know he's going to tell you everything he knows about the title %J subject.

His new video, which also features former Baltimore Sun outdoors writer and fly-fishing legend Lefty Kreh, is simply superb. Though the film is aimed at the upper reaches of the Potomac that so many Carroll anglers use, its information on lures, tackle, water types and fishing methods applies equally to other popular bass rivers such as the Susquehanna, James, Shenandoah and Juniata.

If you can't find the new book or video at your favorite bookstore or fishing shop, send $24 for the book or $30 for the video to PPC Publications, 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Book a bass guide

I am a great believer in using guides to learn new fishing areas and local methods. Guides even have taught me new methods and given new insights to waters that I am familiar with.

I try to use a pro at least twice a year on rivers such as the Potomac and Susquehanna and am always amazed at what I learn.

A lot of savvy folks have caught on to the treasure of fishing knowledge the professionals pass on in the course of a day's line wetting and begin booking their spring and early summer trips right now.

Here's a few Potomac guides that I know you will be completely satisfied with: Life Outdoors Unlimited (Ken Penrod and Associates), 937-0010; Tidewater Bass Guides (Glenn Peacock), 589-1644: Potomac River Guide Service (Bill Krammer), 840-9521.

Apply for reservoir permits

Now that Baltimore City has lifted the ban on private fishing boats on Liberty, Prettyboy and Loch Raven reservoirs, you can apply for this year's $50 boat permit.

For information and forms, prospective Liberty and Prettyboy boaters should call (410) 795-6150. For Loch Raven permit information and forms, call (410) 889-3813.

I'm told that permits will be issued beginning Feb. 15, and one of the new regulations bans the use of live crayfish and minnows.

Deer Harvestshare a success

Maryland Deer Hunter's Association President Alan Ellis reports that between 8,000 and 9,000 pounds of venison was donated by Maryland deer hunters participating in this past season's Hunter's Harvestshare program to feed the needy.

The only problem? "Not everyone wanted to pay for the processing of the meat out of their pockets," he said. Next season the association will be seeking donations to cover meat-processing costs.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should send it to Maryland Deer Hunters Association, 2030 Liberty Road #200, Eldersburg, MD 21584.

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