Woods & Wa­ter

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By Ken Sim­mers

Up­com­ing event

Ex­elon is spon­sor­ing a Fish­er­men’s Day at the Conowingo Dam to­mor­row, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sev­eral lo­cal fish­ing clubs will be rep­re­sented, in­clud­ing MD Salt­wa­ter Sports­fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, who will put on a demon­stra­tion.

It’s worth at­tend­ing just to find out how to catch lo­cal fish, what knots to us, how to rig to catch shad and perch, and a host of other things. Perch, for ex­am­ple, re­quire a small rod like a mi­cro-light or ul­tra­light, yet you see tons of peo­ple sport­ing ocean rods and bay rods to catch a fish that weighs usu­ally less than a pound.

Learn how to use light rods; fish­ing is for sport. We’re not bull­fight­ing.

To get there from here, cross the Dam, make the first left past the Dam, then take Shures Land­ing Rd to the dam, park and go where ev­ery­one else is. It’s a good place to fish, it’s fish­er­men­friendly, and some­body will help you out, if you wish.

Un­usual catch

Last week the MSSA, Li­ons Club and Ex­elon mem­bers got to­gether to help out our an­nual clean-up at the Old Conowingo Boat Launch. We got tons of stuff, cen­tered around the old boat launch and bridge that spans Conowingo Creek.

Over the years lots of fish have been taken out of this dinky spot. The most un­usual I am aware of oc­curred when my son, Ken Jr, and his friend Emory caught a pike. They were about 12 years old at the time; I have not heard of another be­ing caught and that’s a long time ago.

How­ever, that re­cently changed when Tim Ewing caught a muskie at the boat launch. That’s right, a muskie, and not just any muskie, but a 37-inch muskie! When Kurt Gueth­ler showed me this photo, I thought it was photo-shopped, but, no, it’s a real fish.

Tim wasn’t even fish­ing for muskie, so I’m won­der­ing what a die-hard muskie fish­er­man could do. Tim re­leased his af­ter tak­ing pix, so there is at least one there, and if there is one, there must be more.

It would be worth look­ing into.

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