Nohe, Penrod land bass group awards Honors come for efforts on behalf of fish, anglers

May 31, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Duke Nohe and Ken Penrod, a pair of Maryland fishermen who go back to when bassin' wasn't as widespread as it is now, have received top awards from the Maryland Bass Federation.

Nohe, a founder and first president of MBF and now president of the Maryland Aquatic Resources Coalition, which represents recreational fishermen of all types across the state, was named Conservation Man of the Year.

He was honored for his role as a lobbyist and natural resources watchdog.

Penrod, who is best known for his Life Outdoors Unlimited guide service and a series of books on bass fishing in tidal and nontidal waters, received the group's Conservation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Penrod has been a tireless campaigner for improved and protected habitat for black bass.

Leukemia Cup

The Annapolis Leukemia Cup, a benefit sailing regatta, has raised more than $150,000 for research during the past five years and was the first of what are now 30 such regattas around the country.

This year's Leukemia Cup will be sailed out of the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis on June 18-21. Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000.

Money is raised through pledges made by skippers, crews and supporters of racing boats entered in the event, which is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association and sponsored by the Annapolis Yacht Club and Severn Sailing Association.

For information on entries, sponsorship or contributions, call 1-800-242-4LSA.

Around Alone

Isabelle Autissier of France heads a list of 39 entries for the Around Alone solo circumnavigation sailing race that will start Sept. 26 off Charleston, S.C.

Autissier, perhaps the most successful solo offshore female racer in the world, will be trying to win the race for the third time. In the previous race, in 1994-1995, her boat was dismasted twice.

Previously, the event was known as the BOC Challenge.

The field will include sailors from 13 countries, including 10 Americans, none of whom is from the Baltimore area.

The top U.S. entry probably is Brian Hancock of Marblehead, Mass., who is an early favorite in Class II for boats under 50 feet.

Big year for spat sets

Oyster bars are acknowledged to be a key element in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, filtering the waters and providing reef habitat and shelter for an immense variety of species -- from small worms and crustaceans to rockfish.

DNR reports one of the best years in decades for oyster spat sets in certain Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and in April some 800 million young oysters were transplanted to restore depleted beds.

As an example of the success of spat sets, DNR said, in a normal year a bushel of oyster shell in the seed program will contain 1,000 or fewer spat. This year, a bushel of shell coming from seed areas in Eastern Bay near the mouths of the Wye and Miles rivers contained as many as 2,000 to 5,000 spat.

Pub Date: 5/31/98

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