Hooked on Fishing clinics set at four Maryland sites

Youth programs cover wide variety of topics


June 27, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

This week, the Department of Natural Resources again begins its Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program at four locations, including Patapsco Valley State Park.

The program conducts free clinics for children ages 7-13, instructing on fishing, wildlife, wetlands and water safety through short demonstrations and interactive instruction.

"Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs accomplishes one of our leading goals, to instill a natural resources stewardship ethic in all Marylanders," said DNR secretary John R. Griffin. "These clinics offer an opportunity for DNR to start that process at an early age through fun and hands-on activities."

Topics during the program include the natural history of Chesapeake Bay, fish habitat, biology and identification, and the responsible use of natural resources.

Certified science teachers, environmental instructors and DNR specialists teach the program and provide equipment. Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) officers also participate.

Participants should bring a snack for each of the three-hour sessions in the four-day program. Programs run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 7-10, and from noon to 3 p.m. for ages 11-13.

The program will be held at Greenbrier State Park (Washington County), Harford Glen Environmental Center (Harford County), Howard's Pond (Cecil County) and Patapsco Valley State Park (Howard and Baltimore counties).

Dates for this year's clinics are June 28-July 1, July 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29.

For information on registration or to volunteer, call 877-620-8DNR, extension 8809.

Shark tournament results

Nathaniel Leader of Annapolis won the mako division of the Ocean City Shark Tournament with a 387-pounder caught at the Fingers on June 18. Leader was fishing aboard Dream Catcher with Capt. David Sumpter.

James Beghtol of Eldersburg placed second with a 278-pounder and Justin Bradford of Newark, Md., placed third with a 212-pound catch.

In the Open Division, for all federally legal sharks except makos, tigers and sandbar sharks, Jason Coulbourne of Federalsburg took first place with a 188-pound blue shark. Coulbourne was fishing aboard the Yankee Babe with Fred Ames, whose boat landed a state-record common thresher earlier this month.

Turn Me Loose won the release division with 32 points for eight makos.

Tim Brinker, 12, won the children's division with a 136-pound mako. Brinker, of Selbyville, Del., was fishing aboard the Sarah Jo.

Sixty-eight boats and 272 anglers fished the tournament, weighing in 14 makos and eight blue sharks and releasing 78 sharks.

Pub Date: 6/27/99

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