Handling stripers with cotton gloves

June 20, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

In seven hours of fishing the other day, from James Island below the Little Choptank to the Bay Bridge, we managed not to catch a legal fish. It wasn't for lack of effort, but all we caught were rockfish, which were released.

One has to suppose that a lot of fishermen are in the same boat, so to speak, because in the middle bay blues are scarce and bottom fishing hasn't filled in yet.

So, what does one do when, despite one's best efforts, the fish that takes the bait or lure is a striper.

For starters, follow proper catch-and-release procedures and inflict as little damage on the fish as possible.

The following are good practices to learn, for releasing any fish:

* Use barbless hooks, set the hook quickly so the fish doesn't have a chance to swallow it, and bring the fish to the boat quickly rather than playing it to exhaustion.

* Leave the fish in the water if possible while removing the hook and wear a wet cotton glove or use a wet soft rag while handling the fish to protect its mucous covering and scales, which are its immune system.

* Support the fish by its midsection and tail rather than holding it by its eyes or gills.

* Use a hook remover or needle nosed pliers to gently remove the hook, and cut the leader if the hook is too deeply embedded to remove.

* If the fish is not lively when you are ready to release it, take a few moments to move the fish back and forth in the current. Water moving into its mouth and out its gills will resuscitate it.

Annapolis to Newport

Donnybrook, the 70-foot racing yacht owned by Jim Muldoon of Washington, was the first boat to cross the finish line in the 473-mile Annapolis-to-Newport Race early last week.

In provisional results, however, Donnybrook graded out to an 11th-place finish in Class III.

The provisional top three finishers in each class:

Class I, IMS -- High Noon, Tripp 40, Arthur Conway; Reindeer, Farr 44, E.N. Smith; Now, Frers 45, Allen Davies.

Class II, IMS -- Fundation, Hinckley 42, Masato Fujimaki; Crescendo, Farr 37, Steve Hiltabidle; Ariel, Swan 47, James Thompson.

Class III, PHRF -- Stormking, Hinckley 51, Brenton Halsey; Jager, Swan 53, Edgar Cato; Bandana, Swan 47, Charles Benson.

Class IV, PHRF -- Swift, Navy 44, USNA; Lively, Navy 44; USNA; Flirt, Navy 44, USNA.

Class V, PHRF -- Option, Bermuda 40, Mark Stevens; Snow White, Tartan 41, Ned Shuman; Allegro, Beneteau 38, Perry Molinoff.

Class VI, PHRF -- Avatar, LeCompte 52, Alan Kew; Iretsu, Beneteau 42, Terry Wanner.

Inter-Class champ

Max Skelley of Havre de Grace, who recently qualified for second place on the 1992 U.S. Sailing team in the Laser Class, won the recent North American Inter-Class Championship in Barrington, R.I.

The Inter-Class Championship is a series of 14 races sailed in Vanguard 15s, Zumas and Bytes.

Hunting fever

This year's Buck Fever! The Hunting Show will be held July 23, 24 and 25 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

The show will include seminars on bow hunting, black powder, firearms and venison cooking, and the featured speaker will be Dan Fitzgerald, who will speak at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Buck Fever includes retail exhibits for off-road vehicles, hunting and camping gear, outfitters and taxidermists.

The show opens at 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, with children under 12, free.

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