Watts, Har­ris to rep­re­sent Mary­land at na­tional shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Megan Watts of Tal­bot County and Brock Har­ris of Caro­line County for their se­lec­tion to rep­re­sent Mary­land at the Na­tional 4H Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships in June.

Reg­u­lar shoot­ers at the Tal­bot Rod and Gun Club, they were pre­sented a check for $2,500 from the club on May 10 to help pay for their trip ex­penses.

Also qual­i­fy­ing were PJ Hinch from Fred­er­ick County and Gavin LaSalla from Ce­cil County. The four young shoot­ers form the Mary­land 4-H shot­gun team and will fly to­gether to Grand Is­land, Ne­braska at the end of June.

Club pres­i­dent Joe Cap­po­zoli said: “It is re­ally im­por­tant that we en­cour­age and sup­port youth in shoot­ing sports. Megan and Brock have been shoot­ing at our club since they were lit­tle kids. Young shoot­ers like Megan and Brock rep­re­sent not only the fu­ture of our sport but will also help prop­a­gate the longevity of this club.”

Megan grad­u­ated from St. Michaels High School last year and is at­tend­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. Her mother, Rox­ane, said Megan started shoot­ing at age 8 and that she was en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in 4-H be­cause of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s safety train­ing.

Brock lives with his par­ents on Har­ris Farms in Caro­line County. He is a se­nior at Colonel Richard­son High School and in­tends to join the Army Med­i­cal Corps to train as a com­bat medic af­ter he grad­u­ates.

The team was cho­sen based on their scores in shoot­ing trap, skeet, and sport­ing clays, on in­ter views with a panel from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, and on a writ­ten re­sume.

* * * Boat­ing sea­son Boat­ing sea­son is un­der­way, which means many in­ex­pe­ri­enced mariners are on the wa­ter, so please stay alert and be safe out there.

Last year, 17 peo­ple died in boat­ing ac­ci­dents on Mary­land wa­ter­ways. Three of the ac­ci­dents took two lives and an­other ac­ci­dent killed three men. The vic­tims ranged in age from 9 to 70. The ma­jor­ity of them were not wear­ing life jack­ets.

“The in­dus­try is mak­ing safer boats and jet skis. Tech­nol­ogy is tak­ing the guess­work out of nav­i­ga­tion and daily weather re­ports. It’s on all of us to do our part to com­plete the pic­ture and make Mary­land wa­ters safer,” said Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Col. Robert K. “Ken” Ziegler Jr. “Cer­tainly, there are things that are be­yond your con­trol or sim­ply can’t be an­tic­i­pated but by fol­low­ing some sim­ple guide­lines you can re­duce your risk and pave the way to a trou­ble-free out­ing.” Some safety tips: • Make sure ever yone on board has a U.S. Coast Guard-ap­proved life jacket. Chil­dren un­der the age of 13 are re­quired to wear a life jacket aboard a boat less than 21 feet long.

• Des­ig­nate a sober skip­per to stay at the helm and be re­spon­si­ble for re­turn­ing the boat and its pas­sen­gers safely to shore.

• Don’t over­crowd the boat. Heed the boat’s ca­pac­ity plate on the tran­som or by the helm, or look up the pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity in the boat’s man­ual.

• Chart a safe course and let some­one on shore know where you are go­ing and when you ex­pect to re­turn.

• Check the weather and tides be­fore you leave and use a weather ra­dio or smart­phone app to stay on top of lo­cal con­di­tions.

• Carry a cell­phone in a wa­ter­proof pouch or have a ma­rine ra­dio and mon­i­tor VHF Chan­nel 16.

*** Fishing re­port Striped bass catches in the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake have been slow with some trolling ac­tion along chan­nel edges such as Love Point and the Triple Buoys. Most an­glers are trolling three- to four-ounce buck­tails dressed with twis­ter tails in tan­dem or be­hind um­brella rigs with in­line weights. Boats an­chored at Swan, Love, and Pod­ick­ory Points are chum­ming with some suc­cess as well as the deeper Bay Bridge py­lons. Jig­ging is a good op­tion when fish can be found sus­pended along chan­nel edges or struc­ture such as the Bay Bridge piers.

In the mid-Ch­e­sa­peake, the chan­nel edges on the western side of the bay from Thomas Point south to be­low the Calvert Cliffs power plant are pro­duc­ing striped bass. Within that zone, the area around Park­ers Creek and Ch­e­sa­peake Beach are a fo­cal point for those trolling a mix of buck­tails dressed with twis­ter tails, spoons, and tube lures. On our side, the chan­nel edge off Kent Is­land, the Hill, Buoy 83, and the False Chan­nel have been pro­duc­ing fish.

The shal­low wa­ter striped bass fish­ery in the mid-bay re­gion is un­der­way. Mostly sub-le­gal striped bass (be­cause of ridicu­lous De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources reg­u­la­tions) can be found and un­for­tu­nately cow-nosed rays have moved into the re­gion. A white buck­tail with a sassy shad and many other at­trac­tive lures will catch them.

A few large blue­fish have been caught in the mid­dle and lower bay and let’s hope more of those fish show up to put up a fight for an­glers. Some large red drum have also been caught and re­leased by those trolling large spoons above the Tar­get Ship and some drum have hooked while jig­ging.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to move along with the best catches com­ing from rel­a­tively shal­low wa­ter in tidal creeks.

At the ocean, in the surf and in around the in­let, an­glers got their last ac­tion on large blue­fish mov­ing through the re­gion on their way north. Sur­f­cast­ers are hop­ing that north-bound mi­gra­tory striped bass are right be­hind the blue­fish. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Cat­bird par­ents, un­like most other birds, usu­ally rec­og­nize alien eggs de­posited into their nest (by dead­beat par­ents like cow­birds) and toss them out. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@stardem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land High’s Ca­t­rina Coyner hits a fore­hand dur­ing her 6-4, 6-3 vic­tory over River Hill’s Anna Ar­tasova in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the MPSSAA state ten­nis tour­na­ment last Fri­day at Wilde Lake Ten­nis Club in Columbia.

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