Boat show seminars offer bit of learning

On the Outdoors

January 11, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show opens at the Convention Center on Saturday morning, and once inside among the hundreds of new boat displays and retail exhibits, a lot of free information will be available just by asking.

At noon Saturday, an hour after the show opens, Karen Trostle of Sterling Acceptance Corp. will give a seminar for all interested show-goers on finding the right financing package to fit your budget.

The program will explain the ins and outs of loan terms, interest rates and how the size of the down payment can change significantly a monthly payment.

At 1 p.m., Keith Kaufman of The Fisherman will lead a session on fishing for rockfish in Chesapeake and Delaware bays.

At 2 p.m., Brad Smith of Pete's Cycle Co. will give the first of two seminars on personal watercraft, the fastest growing segment of the boating market over the past three years. Smith will deal with performance and maintenance of these popular machines.

At 3 p.m., Capt. John Schneider of ProCaptains/Captain's Quest will explain the procedures of obtaining a U.S. Coast Guard license and the benefits to boaters who do so.

At 4 p.m., Marc Seidler of Marc's Honda will deal with personal watercraft safety, a strong topic in Maryland, where several deaths last year have prompted a review of the state's regulations concerning use of personal watercraft.

At 5 p.m., Capt. Richard Novotny of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association will teach a session on catching bluefish and rockfish. Novotny, who is a licensed charter captain, is especially well acquainted with the bay waters within easy reach of Baltimore area fishermen, and can provide many tips about the spring trophy season on the Chesapeake.

The seminar program closes out with Kaufman repeating his session on rockfish in Chesapeake and Delaware bays.

The program will be repeated on Sunday, and on the following weekend, with the addition of a water skiing clinic taught by MasterCraft Team pro April Coble to start and close the program on Saturday and to open it on Sunday.

The show runs daily through Jan. 21, with weekday openings at 5 p.m. and weekend openings at 11 a.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 12. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available from Lot E at Oriole Park.

Bassin' Top 5

Ever wonder what the five largest black bass ever caught are? According to the record books, they are as follows:

* 22 pounds, 4 ounces, Montgomery Lake, Ga., George Washington Perry, June 2, 1932.

* 22 pounds, 1/2 ounce, Castaic Lake, Calif., Bob Crupi, March 12, 1991.

* 21 pounds, 12 ounces, Castaic Lake, Mike Arujo, March 5, 1991.

* 21 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces, Lake Casitas, Calif., Raymond Easley, March 4, 1980.

* 21 pounds, 1/2 ounce, Castaic Lake, Bob Crupi, March 9, 1991.

Key West Race Week

While Marylanders are digging out from under the largest snowstorm in the area since the 1920s, the skippers and crews of more than a dozen Maryland boats will be preparing for the start of Mount Gay/Yachting Race Week at Key West on Monday.

Six of the skippers will be competing in the popular Melges 24 class -- Fred Potts of Baltimore in Material Girl; Richard Baucon of Davidsonville in Sun Puppy; Joe Thompson of Annapolis, Thief of the Wind; Joseph Matera of Rockville, Irresponsible; Ron and Bonnie Stelle of Annapolis, Varmint Cong; and Robert Wray of Annapolis on Stingwray.

Peter Gordon of Annapolis will race Gaucho, a Farr 44; Charlie Scott of Annapolis will race a Melges 30 with Team Chesapeake; Andrew G. Wilson II will race Electra, his C&C 40; Bruce Bingham and Taran Teague of Annap

olis team up on Blockade Runner, a B-32; Keith R. Millard of Randallstown will race his Dehler, Rong Bay; and Darryl Greb of Dameron will race his Alberg 27, Midnight Express.

Race week runs through Jan. 19, with 17 racing classes and 246 entries from 10 countries and 29 states.

Weekend calendar

* Saturday-Jan. 21: Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, Baltimore Convention Center. Show opens at 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $7 for adults and $3 for children from 6 to 12.

* Saturday-Sunday: The Fly Fishing Show, Reckord Armory, University of Maryland, College Park. Fly tying, casting, seminars, retail vendors of tackle, rods, books. Show opens at 9 a.m. Call (800) 420-7582.

* Sunday: Sierra Club Baltimore Group on Cave Mountain to Hawk Rock. Call (410) 653-5256.

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