Taking it to the fish


Destination / Outdoors

Hunting / Sailing / Fishing / Hiking / Birding

November 10, 2005|By CANDUS THOMSON

With me as quartermaster and official packer, Charles Lindbergh would have never gotten off the ground, Sir Edmund Hillary would still be rooted to the foot of Mount Everest and Christopher Columbus' three ships would be at the bottom of some Spanish harbor.

Let's just say I don't travel light. For the fisherman who has everything and insists on taking it with him or her, Shimano has produced the "Blackmoon," a bag that hauls everything.

The top part is a backpack with multiple pockets for gear, beverages and a rain jacket or sweater. An insulated front pouch will hold a freezer pack to keep lunch edible and a zip-out rain fly keeps everything dry.

The bottom half is a tackle box that holds four utility boxes (included) for lures and flies. There's a cell phone pouch and more zippered pockets for doo-dads. The tackle box can be unzipped from the backpack for "light" traveling.

One minor quibble: The shoulder straps could use a little more padding.

The regular version costs about $90; the deluxe version is about $130.

The Shimano "Blackmoon" won't get you across the Atlantic or up Everest, but it will get you and your gear to new worlds of fishing.


Saturday -- Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association's 13th annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Tournament. Two targeted species: rockfish and bluefish. Five weigh stations on the bay. Entry fee: $125 per boat. Details: www.mssa.net.



Saturday -- Hike 7-8 miles through a scenic stream valley on Mason-Dixon Trail with the Sierra Club. Will discuss the geology of the area. Meet at K-Mart on Belair Road (U.S. Rte. 1) just north of Beltway at 10 a.m. Details: 410-256-3963.

Saturday -- Help repair and upgrade trails at Patapsco Valley State Park. Contact Larry Martin, volunteer coordinator, at 410-465-3287 or at lmartin@dnr.state.md.us at least two days in advance to receive starting time and directions to the trailhead.

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