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Chris Dollar Outside: Ranking Lures in the Tackle Box

Dozens of maps of states and cities across the United States, from Boston to New Mexico, sat in the glove compartment of an aging SUV.

These yellowed relics hadn’t seen the light of day since Clinton was in office, and it was doubtful that the owner of these three-pronged dinosaurs had visited even a handful of the listed locations out of thirty-two. maps. Yup, I had the same reaction: Who needs thirty-two cards!?

Nevertheless, this person defended his occupation of prime real estate as vigorously as a doctoral candidate would his thesis. Ignore the fact that these leftover scrolls are completely obsolete.

Disregard the sheer folly of giving up an accurate, modern GPS found ON YOUR PHONE for a poster-sized version you’d never fold up properly if you had a hundred lives.

And if someone should, for some inexplicable reason, need to use these maps, for example to guide them through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, chances are they’ll end up in Lake Huron. Literally.

Like any sane person, I quickly grew bored of the conversation. It got to me though because like many Chesapeake anglers I am guilty of something similar. In my fishing bags (yes, I have several) you will find a wide assortment of lures and flies – many of which are unused and a few that are even downright useless.

Although I have fishing bags roomy enough to fit a toddler inside, the fact that like most anglers usually end up using the same lures while the other seventy percent just take space.

I don’t dispute the truth of one of angling’s oldest clichés – lures catch anglers first and fish second. As a part-time fishing outfitter and guide, I’m an avid follower of this clichéd mantra. I encourage lure makers who are constantly developing new baits and revamping old lures with realistic computer-generated holographies.

Having a diverse and plentiful supply of lures and flies is an essential part of fishing, an aspect that certainly adds to the enjoyment. In fact, the most common question anglers are asked after catching a fish is “what did it hit?” I wouldn’t want it any other way.

This is how I classify the lures and flies in my fishing cache:

1. Franchised Players: These are my perennial standouts, proven lures or flies that they hardly ever let me down.

2. Role players: An essential part of any team, these decoys do the yeoman’s job, dig the puck into the corners, never complain, show up every day, and sometimes step in to get the job done.

3. Pretty boys: All show and no start. If you played sports in high school or college, you know exactly what I mean.

4. Oddballs: Every tackle box and every team has at least one. It’s the lures (or players) that keep things interesting, add character. (I’ve coached and been on teams with such players.)

5. What’s in the?! Finally, there’s a lure or two that you either completely forgot, have no idea where it came from, or remember buying it. Yet, for reasons best left to the cosmos, it somehow still claims a place in your toolbox.

Chris Morgan caught 12 different species of fish ranging from black bass and lizardfish to pufferfish and northern toad to claim first place in one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most unique fishing tournaments – the Rod and Reef Slam.

The week-long event was sponsored by the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, the Coastal Conservation Association-Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

By attracting dozens of anglers who fished on restored oyster reefs, 19 different species were caught in total.

“Each year this tournament continues to grow, and it highlights the importance of oyster reefs to fish habitat,” said David Sikorski, Maryland executive director for the Coastal Conservation Association.

Allison Colden, Fisheries Specialist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, added, “The CBF is proud to partner with the CCA to continue to organize and host this tournament that goes far beyond just catching fish.

Here is a complete list of the winners of the different categories:

  • Motorboat : Herb Floyd, Hatch. Eleven different species, including pumpkinseed and spotted sea trout.
  • Kayak: Ronnie Kirin, Crownsville. Caught Striped Bass, White Perch and Spot, totaling 39.5 inches in length.
  • Youth: Parker Barniea, Annapolis. Beat other young anglers by catching three different species: bluegill, white perch and spot.
  • Invasive species: Matthew Shoultz, Forest Hill. Landed a 38-inch blue catfish, the longest fish caught in the tournament.

October 27: Celebration of Conservation, hosted by the Annapolis Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at

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From November 1 to February 28: CCA Maryland Pickerel Championship, a photo shoot tournament using the iAngler Tournament smartphone app. Register at

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November 5: Free State Fly Fishermen. Monthly fly tying instruction. 10am-12pm. Davidsonville Family Recreation Center. Contact Ryan Harvey at [email protected]

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January 14: “Fishing Expo” at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 8536 Bayside Road, North Beach. 8am-2pm

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