CCA Maryland membership jumps in March
CCA membership in Maryland increased by 20 percent from March 2011 to March 2012, according to figures that will be released at the CCA National Board of Directors meeting.
“This significant increase clearly demonstrates that recreational anglers in Maryland see the value of belonging to our organization even in tough economic times,” said Executive Director Tony Friedrich. “In Maryland we are taking strong advocacy positions and calling attention to problems that negatively impact our natural resources. This action is making a difference, and Marylanders are responding by joining CCA.
“A number of individuals deserve credit for this increase, including Trent Zivkovich and his government relations team; Gary Reich, Jim Flannery and others who coordinated an outstanding first banquet for our revitalized Annapolis chapter; David Sikorski who managed the first CCA MD Pickerel Tidal Fishing Championship; and those who supported other events that resulted in new members.
“The challenge for all of us now is to continue the progress we have been making to establish CCA Maryland as an even more powerful voice for recreational anglers.”
Menhaden Special on MPT Tonight
Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay
Monday, April 16 at 10pm; also Tuesday, April 17 at 2am
Explore the far-reaching impact of menhaden through the eyes of the men who love this stinky, oily fish for what it contributes to their livelihood, to their heritage, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay. Spend time on the Bay with charter boat captain Billy Pipkin, and meet pound netter Walter Rogers, crabber James Eskridge and conservationist Bill Goldsborough who provide their perspectives on the sustainability of this vulnerable fish and its connection to the future of Chesapeake Bay.
Kent Narrows Tourney set for June 2
The popular Kent Narrows Light Tackle and Fly Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, June 2, again featuring a catch and release format. The tourney, based at The Jetty Restaurant at Kent Narrows, will feature three divisions—fly, light tackle, and kayak. Tournament boundaries are the Sassafras River to the north and Cedar Point to the south.
Lines may go in at 5:30 a.m., and the deadline for photo weigh-in is 3:30 p.m. at The Jetty Restaurant at Kent Narrows. While anglers will be able to keep legal fish, judging will be done based on photos.
Following the tournament, a barbeque will be held at The Jetty with beer, wine, a roasted pig, and all the trimmings. Under Armour will again provide tournament t-shirts. Other sponsors include Shore Tackle & Custom Rods, Kent Island Kayaks, Annapolis Boat Sales & Dvorak Electrical Contractors.
There’s a new twist to the registration cost this year. Participants will be able to both register for the tournament and the Kent Narrows banquet (see below) for $75. Otherwise, register for the tourney is $40, which includes a one-year CCA membership.
Registration can be completed online so sign up today
Banquet & Auction for Kent Narrows Chapter moves to May 4
The Kent Narrows Chapter is making two changes in its annual Banquet & Auction. It will be held Friday, May 4, at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville. The Center, which is on 510 acres, is devoted to environmental education, research, and restoration. It offers hiking, birding, and photography opportunities. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm with dinner being served at 7pm.
Tickets for the banquet are $65 for an individual (unless purchased in conjunction with registration for the Kent Narrows Tournament). Tickets for a couple are $120, and a table of eight can be purchased for $455. Buy you combo banquet/ tournament tickets online today
Annual Boatyard B&G tourney coming soon
The annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Rockfish Tournament, with a CCA division, will be held on opening day Saturday, April 21. Registration deadline is April 18. Cost for the CCA Division is $25 per boat with $1000 going to the longest rockfish. It also includes a year membership to CCA Maryland. Register today at http://www.boatyardbarandgrill.com/fishing_tournament.shtml.
Volunteers still needed for Casting Call
CCA members can help prepare a new generation for fishing and conservation by volunteering at the annual Family & Youth Casting Call Saturday, April 21. Volunteers will provide instruction on safety and basic fishing skills during the one-day event on the C&O Canal. More information can be found at Casting Call website. http://www.familyandyouthcastingcall.com/registration/registration
Join CCA today, www.ccamd.org