The complete largemouth bass fisherman should have many skills, from a strong knowledge of lure presentation and habitat recognition to a solid basis in boat handling, navigation and the use of marine electronics.
Tonight through Sunday afternoon, Bass Expo '96 at the state fairgrounds in Timonium provides a series of seminars that can help fishermen hone those skills.
For several years, Bob Dobart, show organizer and a successful local and regional tournament fisherman, has put together impressive seminar schedules for the Expo. .
This year's headliner is Roland Martin, television show host, nine-time B.A.S.S. angler of the year and winner of more B.A.S.S. tournaments than any other fisherman. Martin will be at the show Saturday and Sunday only.
Martin, who started his bass fishing career on Loch Raven Reservoir, will lead a session on fishing with super strong Spiderwire at 3 p.m. Saturday and a session on shallow water flippin' and pitchin' at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The rest of the schedule:
Today -- 6 p.m., regional bass guide Ken Penrod on sonar and GPS for fishing; 7 p.m., rising bass pro Kim Stricker on Great Lakes smallmouth bass fishing.
Tomorrow -- 6 p.m., regional bass guide Glenn Peacock on river smallmouths; 7 p.m., Jeff Fink on sonar and navigation.
Saturday -- 11 a.m., Penrod on sonar for fishing and navigation; noon, rafting and fishing guide Mark Kovach on fly fishing the Upper Potomac River; 1 p.m., Virginia bass pro Woo Daves on locating and patterning bass; 2 p.m., national pro Paul Elias on crankbait techniques; 3 p.m., Martin on Spiderwire; 4 p.m., Daves on lure tips for catching bass; 5 p.m., Elias on fishing jigs and plastic worms.
Sunday -- 11 a.m., Fink on sonar and navigation; noon, Penrod on fishing the tidal Potomac River; 1 p.m., Jay Holt on patterns for tidal water bass; 2 p.m., Martin on shallow water flippin' and pitchin'; 3 p.m., Daves on fishing the plastic worm.
The sessions are included in the $6 admission charge ($3 for ages 10-14; under 10 admitted free).
The show opens at 1 p.m. today and tomorrow and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is convenient and free.
The Whitbread Round the World Race, which will sail into Baltimore in the spring of 1998, has 35 registered entries, including five each from the United States and Australia. As yet there is no Chesapeake Bay entry.
The Whitbread has an information booth at the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, which runs through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Through Sunday: 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.
Through Sunday: Greater Philadelphia Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show, Fort Washington Expo Center, Exit 26 off Pennsylvania Turnpike. Show opens at 1 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for those ages 5 to 12 and younger children will be admitted free.
Today-Sunday: Bass Expo '96, Maryland State Fairgrounds.
Today: Meeting of Free State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Issac Walton League meeting house, Abingdon, 7:30 p.m. Call (410) 592-7925.
Saturday-Sunday: Mountain Club of Maryland Shenandoah backpack. Call (410) 893-3578.
Saturday: Sierra Club Baltimore Group hike at Great Falls. For more information, call (410) 574-1453.
Sunday: Sierra Club Baltimore Group hike at Soldiers' Delight. Call (410) 265-6654.
Sunday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in the Loch Raven watershed. Call (410) 647-0734.