During January and February, when the weather can be cold and the fishing slow, it still is possible to refine your technique, get in tune with the latest technology and equipment and learn from the masters in their fields.
January and February are show time in the Baltimore area, and the schedule of events for fly-fishermen, casters and trollers begins Friday with the Chesapeake Sportfishing Show in Annapolis.
"This year, we wanted to expand the show, to get something more there for all kinds of fishermen," said Richard Novotny, executive director of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, which is a co-sponsor of the show at the Broadneck Sports Complex on Route 50.
"This show is not just for bay fishermen anymore, and a ticket to the Broadneck complex also is good for admission to the [Annapolis] National Guard Armory event, which is more of a boat show."
So this week the show season starts off with a two-for-one deal, and by mid-February, when the Seaside Boat Show ends in Ocean City, the persistent angler can have booked special trips through the season, picked the brains of freshwater and saltwater guides, refilled the tackle box, bought a new boat or refurbished the old one and, with an eye for bargains, done so at considerable savings.
At each show, the seminars and demonstrations generally are included in the price of admission, and the instructors often are entertaining as well as informative. But the information available on when, where and how to fish for which species alone is worth the price of admission.
The lineup of seminars during the three days of the Chesapeake show includes:
Capt. Sonney Forrest on bottom fishing in the lower bay; Capt. Joe Riley on tuna chunking and dolphin fishing; Novotny on trolling for spring trophy rockfish; Keith Kaufman on drifting eels for stripers; Ken Penrod on marine electronics; Capt. Tom Price on fishing the Bay Bridge for stripers; Tim Sherman on Ocean City bridge and surf fishing; and Jim Gilford on fly-fishing.
Admission is $5, with children under 14 free.
On Jan. 10-11, the Fly Fishing Show comes to Reckord Armory on the University of Maryland campus in College Park with more than 100 exhibitors, two days of seminars and a schedule of special classes that require additional fees and advance registration.
Special classes include: casting for beginners with Jamie Dickson; intermediate casting with Gary Borger; introduction to fly fishing with Barry and Cathy Beck; fly tying with Bob Clouser; distance casting with Philip Krista; and women-only fly casting with Cathy Beck.
Tuition for a special class is $60, including admission to the show. For more information or to register, call 800-420-7582.
Among the Destination Theater shows are: the Patuxent and Savage Rivers (Jay Sheppard), fly- fishing the Outer Banks (Capt. Brian Horsley); fly-fishing Chesapeake Bay (Capt. Norm Bartlett); fishing in Yellowstone Park; world-wide fly-fishing vacations; false albacore (Joe Bruce); two faces of the Potomac (King Montgomery); fishing in Ireland (Jim Finn); and summer fishing on the Delaware system.
Seminars and demonstrations included with admissions include: smallmouth bass with Harry Murray; presentation, Gary Borger; presentation for striped bass, Ken Abrames; small mountain trout streams, Murray; and striper strategies, Jack Gartside.
On Jan. 15-18, the Bass Expo, Saltwater Fishing and Fly Fishing Show takes over the State Fairgrounds in Timonium and it is arguably the best all-around show in the Baltimore area, with a strong lineup for all types of fishermen.
For bass anglers, Bassmasters Classic champion Dion Hibdon and former champion David Fritts are the headliners among top touring pros who will teach sessions. More than a half-dozen top regional guides also will teach sessions.
Show organizer Bob Dobart has expanded the show so that an entire building has been set aside for fly-fishing seminars, slide shows, fly-tying and casting demonstrations, services and retailers.
Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, Cathy and Barry Beck, Bob Clouser and Bob Popovics are among the nationally known anglers who will teach sessions, and Norm Bartlett, Jim Gilford, Mark Kovach and Wally Vait are among the regional and local experts who will give presentations.
The Bass Expo is followed by the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show at the Convention Center, the massive Eastern Outdoor Sportsman's Show in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 7-15 and the Seaside Boat Show in Ocean City Feb. 13-15.
Friday-Sunday: Chesapeake Sportfishing Show, Broadneck Sports Complex and National Guard Armory, Annapolis. Seminars, retailers, guides, etc. Show opens 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission $5, with under 14 free. Call 410-841-6974.
Jan. 10-11: The Fly Fishing Show, Reckord Armory, University of Maryland, College Park. Destination Theater, special classes, seminars, fly-tyers aisle, etc. Show opens at 9 a.m. Admission $12 per day or $20 for weekend pass. Children under 12 $2. Special classes require extra fee. Call 800-420-7582.
Jan. 15-18: Bass Expo, Saltwater Fishing and Fly Fishing Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. Seminar series, hundreds of vendors and 300 boats from jons to 35-footers. Admission $7. Children 10-14 $3. Under 10 free. Call 410-838-8687.
Jan. 31-Feb. 8: Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, Baltimore Convention Center.
Feb. 7-15: Eastern Outdoor Sportsman's Show, Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 13-15: Seaside Boat Show, Convention Center, Ocean City.
Pub Date: 12/28/97