- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

If saltwater fishing is your hobby but you don’t fully understand the vagaries of tidal water angling, set aside Saturday, Jan. 27 for the Maryland edition of the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series. It will teach, inform and delight you.

The seminars will be held at the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland in College Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the host will be the star of an ESPN2 fishing show, George Poveromo — as in “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” — who also is a senior editor for Salt Water Sportsman magazine. Gary Caputi, a recognized authority on fishing the coastal waters of the Northeast who is the author of “Fishing for Striped Bass” and the offshore editor for the Salt Water Sportsman, will be the co-host of the event, which is being presented by Boater’s World Marine Centers.

One of my favorites, light tackle charter fishing captain “Walleye” Pete Dahlberg, a master of Chesapeake Bay fishing without resorting to trolling, will be on hand, as will Greg Bogdan, a Mid-Atlantic and Northeast offshore specialist in chunking and live-baiting for tuna. You also will meet Fred Archer, a pioneer of Southern California shark and tuna fishing techniques and author of 11 books on big game fishing.

Jimmy Price, who specializes in catching trophy-size flounder and speckled trout, will pass along his secrets. Price is considered to be North Carolina’s best flounder fisherman.

That’s just for starters. There will be other upper, mid and lower Chesapeake experts who will cover live-lining for stripers, fishing the Susquehanna Flats, wire-lining and much more. Also check out the Ocean City offshore and inshore specialists who cover light tackle and heavy-duty offshore gear during various courses.

Seminar series tickets cost $55, but they include a $50 Boater’s World Gift Card good whenever you make a purchase of $150 or more, a Boater’s World Duffle Bag, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, a one-year membership to the International Game Fish Association, a 16-ounce bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax and a spool of Sufix Elite Clear Blue 14-pound-test fishing line.

There also will be drawings for a Bimini fishing trip, and attendees’ names will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a Mako 212 Center Console boat, powered by a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and a Float-On trailer. To order tickets with a major credit card, call 1-800-448-7360. To order tickets or obtain more information, visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.

Fishing Expo starts tomorrow — The 23rd annual Fishing Expo and Boat Show begins tomorrow at the Timonium (Md.) Fairgrounds. The show ends Sunday. As always, you will have a chance to see the latest freshwater, saltwater and offshore fishing tackle, boats, trailers, outboard motors, marine accessories spread out in more than 150,000 square feet of display space. There will be 400 boats to look at, anything from bass boats to offshore craft. Bass super star Jimmy Houston will be on hand Friday and Saturday. Local fishing guides Ken Penrod, Brent Nelson, Ed Keller, Karl Bunch and other bass and striper experts will talk shop with show visitors. There will be seminars, a trout pond for the kids and a CastingKids competition. Admission is $8 ($4 for ages 10 to 14; under 10 get in free). Need more information? Go to www.fishingexpo.com.

Watch out, Virginia boaters — If you are a Virginia boater, watch as the state’s legislators again debate a potential law that would require all boat operators to complete approved boating education courses.

As the general assembly convenes today in Richmond, Del. Kathy J. Byron, Lynchburg Republican, has filed a bill calling for a $250 penalty if a motorboat operator has not successfully completed a boating safety course. However, out-of-state boaters would be exempt.

If this becomes law, enforcement would include all motorboat operators by July 2016. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries would develop and administer education programs with input from the public.

Trout Unlimited meeting — The Potomac-Patuxent chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its annual fly-tying meeting Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Schweinhaut Senior Center at 1000 Forest Glen Rd. in Silver Spring, and the public is invited. Ten of the area’s best fly-tyers will do their thing, showing how to tie trout-catching ants and spiders as well as baitfish patterns for redfish and other inshore salt-water species. An expert knot-tyer also will unravel the complexities of different types of fishing knots from the line to the fly. Go to www.pptu.org or phone 301/652-3848 for more information.

Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail:gmueller@washingtontimes.com.

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