Watts, Harris to represent Maryland at national shooting competition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.