For saltwater fishermen in the area, Saturday offers a chance to pick up tips from a panel of national and regional experts on inshore and offshore fishing, as Salt Water Sportsman magazine brings its national tour to the Adele H. Stamp Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park.
The seven-hour program is organized and run by TV host Mark Sosin and Salt Water Sportsman editor George Poveromo, but draws heavily on the expertise of captains who regularly fish Maryland waters.
Courses in the program include: live baiting for trophy stripers; refined striper trolling techniques; catching bluefish on ultra-light tackle and artificials; fly fishing in the bay; trolling and casting for mackerel; bottom fishing; scoring with Mako sharks; designing and trolling an effective tuna spread; chunking for sharks and tuna; live baiting for tuna; best bets for white marlin, and how water temperature and circulation can help you catch more fish.
Among the experts who will teach the courses are Mitchell Roffer, an authority on locating productive water; Capt. Mike Murphy, a light tackle specialist from Easton; Capt. Charles Reichert Jr., who specializes in the upper Chesapeake Bay; Capt. Tim McNey, a lower bay specialist; Capt. Bobby Gowar, offshore expert based in Ocean City; and Capt. Mark Sampson, who specializes in shark fishing out of Ocean City.
The cost for the day is $35, including textbook and a subscription to Salt Water Sportsman. Last reports were that the auditorium was half-booked. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 448-7360.
U.S. sailor takes first place
Ed Baird of St. Petersburg, Fla., recently won the Steinlager-Logan World Championship of Match Race Sailing in Auckland, New Zealand, becoming the first American to lead the International Yacht Racing Union rankings for match racers.
Baird knocked Australian Peter Gilmour out of first place.
A former world champion on the 50-Foot Circuit and in Lasers and J-24s, Baird was the sailing coach for Team New Zealand, which last May won the America's Cup.
New Zealand juggernaut
Under the protocol for the next America's Cup, New Zealand will field one team rather than have a series of elimination races to pick its defender for the match in 2000.
Under the protocol, Peter Blake, who headed the team that won the America's Cup last May, will be able to build and study four new boats, whereas challenging syndicates will be allowed to build only two each.
The United States, Spain, France, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have expressed interest in challenging New Zealand.