It's light way to go

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Destination Outdoors

Hunting / Sailing / Fishing / Hiking / Birding

October 27, 2005|By CANDUS THOMSON

Call me a lightweight.

I love ultralight tackle, whether it's jigging for striped bass on the Chesapeake Bay or flipping for panfish on a piece of Northwest Branch in Silver Spring.

Bass Pro Shops has a great reel that's perfect for little fish in little water: the Micro Lite Supreme ($39.99).

Trick it out with 4-pound test and hook it up to a 4-foot-8, ultralight Ugly Stick for some fun.

The easy-casting reel will put your lure where you want it. The retrieve is smooth, thanks to six bearings and a gear ratio of 5.2:1. The anti-reverse is responsive and the drag is more than adequate.

Thoughtfully, Bass Pro has included an extra aluminum spool.

If you want to sharpen your skills to match your gear, read Ultralight Spin-Fishing, by Vermont guide Peter F. Cammann (The Countryman Press, $14.95).

In just 152 pages, he walks readers through gear, tactics and techniques for fresh and salt water.

Call it a little "light" reading.

CALENDAR

Biking

Sunday -- REI Timonium staff members will lead a 50-mile ride through the hills of northern Baltimore County at a competitive, 17- to 19-mph pace. Begins 9:30 a.m. Call 410-252-5920 to register.

Nov. 9 -- Learn basic bike-maintenance and trouble-shooting skills, 7 p.m., REI College Park, 9801 Rhode Island Ave. Free. Details: 301-982-9681.

Birding

Tomorrow -- Take an "Owl Prowl" hike with the staff of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Deer Park Road. Meet at Visitors Center, 8 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Call 410-922-3044 to register.

Boating

Nov. 10 and 17 -- Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12 will hold a GPS for mariners course, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 East 11th Ave. Fee: $35. Register by calling Bruce Johnson, 410-740-7204.

Fishing

Nov. 8 -- Meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, 7:30 p.m., Pebbles Pub, 7165 Security Blvd. Details: 410-757-8912.

Hiking

Saturday -- Freestate Happy Wanderers Walking Club 10K at Ocean Pines. Start between 9 a.m.-noon and finish by 3. Details: 410-437-2164 before 8 p.m. or e-mail wahasse@ix.netcom.com.

Hunting

Nov. 6, 13 and 20 -- Hunter Sight-In Days, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Glenbrook Rifle Association, 8170 Waterford Rd., Pasadena. Call 410-255-6498.

Seminar

Tonight -- Overview of GPS; how it works and how to use it, including the latest software, 7 p.m., REI College Park, 9801 Rhode Island Ave. Free. Details: 301-982-9681.

FYI

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