Expo features everything you need to know about bass fishing


January 14, 1996|By Lonny Weaver | Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BASS EXPO '96 opens Thursday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds' Cow Palace in Timonium and will continue through the weekend. Saturday and Sunday the 12th annual show's doors will be open at 9 a.m.

Roland Martin, nine-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, 20-time qualifier for the B.A.S.S. Masters Classic and host of the television "Fishing With Roland Martin," will give seminars on fishing the Eastern Shore and the Loch Raven Reservoir on Saturday and Sunday.

Other B.A.S.S. Masters Classic champions scheduled for seminars include Paul Elias and Woo Daves plus top bass pro Kim Stricker and local experts.

While you are touring this year's show, you may want to be on the lookout for some new lures that proved successful for me on pTC area bass waters.

Watson's Wrat drove bass nuts on farm ponds, the lower Potomac River and the shallows at Liberty Reservoir throughout the summer. This lure is made with a foam core body, muskrat, beaver or rabbit fur and a leather tail. It is quite similar to one of my favorite fly rodding bass bugs and comes in 1/4 -, 1/2 - and 1-ounce sizes.

A real killer at Piney Run Reservoir and the vegetation-clogged lower Potomac River last summer was the Wee Brush Baby. The lure is extra buoyant and sports brush cams on the lip and sides that deflect the body and hooks away from snags. I fish it deep and strongly recommend it for fishing in brush, timber and rocks.

The Moss Master Shakin' Shad is the first soft weedless vibrator lure I have used. It features an internal rattle, a snag-free design, double hooks, large eyes and a soft, hollow body that Liberty Reservoir bass loved. I later tried it on Potomac bass, and it was perfect for fishing around hydrilla, milfoil and stumps.

I tried the Mister Twister Spinner Top Jig on upper Potomac bass in late July and it became a permanent addition to my smallmouth bass river arsenal. This is a unique design with a streamlined bucktail jig and spinner blade on the top instead of below, like most jig and spinner combos. This allows the blade to work freely on a slow retrieve and copter on the lure drop. I carry all three sizes -- 1/16-, 1/8 - and 1 1/4 -ounce.

Reservoir permit sales

This year boat permits for all Baltimore City-controlled reservoirs (Liberty, Prettyboy and Loch Raven), will be by mail only.

Beginning Feb. 1, send a self-addressed, stamped business envelope to City of Baltimore, Reservoir Natural Resources Office, 5685 Oakland Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784, and request a boat permit application.

Return the application to the same address with another self-addressed, stamped business envelope and your check. Include your permit card if you are applying for a renewal. The processing of renewals begins Feb. 13 and the processing of new applications begins Feb. 20.

Local fly tying clinic

The Patapsco Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will conduct a free fly-tying clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bear Branch Nature Center at the Hashawha Environmental Center.

At the Feb. 8 meeting, which begins at the same location at 7 p.m., Robert Sollott from Anglers Hollow fly shop in Westminster, will give a presentation on fishing the Housatonic River in New England.

Boat show continues

The 42nd Chesapeake Bay Boat Show continues through next Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and this Thursday all women receive $2 off admission. Weekday hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the doors open at 11 a.m.

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