Anglers group loves to talk about sport PASADENA

FISH STORIES

April 16, 1993|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,Contributing writer

For those among you sane enough to prefer talking fishing to politics, George Bentz is the man for you.

Mr. Bentz and his buddies at the Pasadena Sportsfishing Group celebrated their second anniversary Monday evening at the Orchard Beach fire hall. But while congratulations were in order, they aren't resting on their laurels -- or their lines -- yet.

"Our group has grown from 35 members to over 200, but there's still room for more," Mr. Bentz said. "Men, women, youngsters and seniors, everybody is welcome to come to talk fishing, and fishing only. No politics."

"What we've come up with is a policy where there's no membership fee or dues," he said. "All we ask is that you come for a good time, friendship and [to] get involved in as many activities as you want to, but mainly enjoy some good fishing talk."

The group covers costs by offering a 50-50 drawing and selling 50-cent tickets on door prizes at each meeting. "We operate on a minimal budget and only resort to special fund-raisers when it's absolutely necessary," he said. At the last meeting, more than $300 worth of prizes were won.

Monthly meetings include guest speakers, magazine swaps, a chance to show off those photos of your latest catch. "We have women and families attending our meeting," Mr. Bentz said. "You don't have to own a boat or be a fishing expert to attend."

The May 10 meeting will include charter boat Capt. Bob Spore discussing bluefish in the upper bay, and more details about planned fishing trips to Wachatreague, Va., and Crisfield's James Island State Park in May. Details of the group's participation in the kid's fishing fair at Sandy Point State Park will be discussed.

For those anglers interested in some reel fun before the next meeting, the group is sponsoring a month-long carp tournament. "Carp fishing is great for families," Mr. Bentz said. "You don't need a boat, just a stretch of beach or a pier and basic equipment."

The carp contest began on Tuesday and will end at 5 p.m. May 9. It's free and open to all ages. Participants can fish anywhere, any time, but all fish must be caught on hook and line. No snagging is allowed.

COBE Marine Sports Center, 8936 Fort Smallwood Road, will be the only official weigh-in station. Six prizes will be awarded. A list of contest rules and prizes is available at COBE Marine.

Mr. Bentz offered a quick fishing tip to tournament competitors. "Try large kernel canned yellow corn for bait, it works every time."

For more details about the group or its activities, call Mr. Bentz at 255-3678.

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