North­ern QA Cat­fish Tour­na­ment set for April 22

Record Observer - - Sports -

North­ern Queen Anne’s County 2017 Cat­fish Tour­na­ment is sched­uled for Satur­day, April 22. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 5 a.m. at Deep Land­ing on the Ch­ester River near Crump­ton.

The tour­na­ment fee is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 15-and-un­der, with Lewis Classes avail­able at reg­is­tra­tion.

All fish weighed must be caught by rod and reel dur­ing tour­na­ment hours and within the tour­na­ment bound­aries in the Ch­ester from the Rt. 301 bridge to South­east Creek. An­glers may fish from land or boat. A Queen Anne’s County ramp per­mit is re­quired to park and launch.

Cat­fish must be at least 14 inches in length. No guides, com­mer­cial, or pro­fes­sional an­glers are al­lowed to fish in the tour­na­ment. Ties will be bro­ken by long­est mea­sured fish. Any le­gal bait is al­lowed.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the big­gest fish, youth class, and two Lewis classes for long­est fish and to­tal weight of three fish.

* * * Shoot for 4-H youth The Mar yland 4-H Foun­da­tion 22nd an­nual Sport­ing Clays Shoot will be held Satur­day, April 1, (rain or shine) at Schrader’s, 16090 Oak­land Road, Hen­der­son. Reg­is­tra­tion will start at 9 a.m. with the clays com­pe­ti­tion be­gin­ning at 9:30 a.m. Par­tic­i­pants are wel­come to be­gin the course un­til 11:30 a.m. The 50-tar­get clays course should be great fun and a real chal­lenge.

Awards will be pre­sented in 3 to 4 Lewis Classes, 4-H & youth, ladies, vet­eran, super vet­eran, high over­all, and spon­sor teams. Ex­tra games will also be avail­able to test your skill and pa­tience.

A pit beef lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. un­til 1:30 p.m. Awards, door prizes, and a draw­ing for a 12-gauge Benelli Nova Shot­gun will wrap up the day. En­try fees are: Adults — $70; 4-H & Youth — $50.

The shoot typ­i­cally draws be­tween 80 to 150 par­tic­i­pants. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Maryland 4-H youth pro­grams. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to pre-reg­is­ter con­tact Con­rad Arnold at 410-330-5967 or by email at carnold@umd.edu.

* * * Fish­ing re­port Put-and-take trout man­age­ment ar­eas (1 and 2) through­out the state are now open, which makes a visit to colder streams a fun op­tion this time of the year.

White perch spawn­ing runs are now re­plac­ing the yel­low perch runs and good white perch fish­ing can be found in many tidal rivers in the up­per bay. A va­ri­ety of baits and lures will catch them. Lures such as shad darts and small Mr. Twis­ter plas­tic tails on a 1/16- or 1/8-ounce lead head usu­ally are ef­fec­tive. A small piece of min­now or your fa­vorite fish juice on the shad dart or lead head jig/twis­ter can help. An­glers can also find chan­nel cat­fish and crap­pie in tidal rivers and creeks.

Catch-and-re­lease fish­ing for striped bass is now an op­tion in the Susque­hanna Flats area. An­glers must use non-off­set cir­cle or J hooks with less than ½-inch gap when us­ing bait. No more than six lines per boat are al­lowed when trolling, and eels may not be used as bait. Bar­b­less hooks are re­quired when trolling, same for Ch­e­sa­peake Bay catc­hand-re­lease ac­tion un­til April 15; an­glers can legally fish from the Brew­er­ton Chan­nel to the Vir­ginia line, in­clud­ing Tang­ier and Po­comoke Sounds.

The catch-and-keep spring tro­phy striped bass sea­son

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Island’s Sean Mooney had a team-high 50 as­sists and scored 35 goals last spring to garner a U.S. Lacrosse All-Amer­i­can honor.

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