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Trawler Fest Solomons draws 1,600

More than 1,600 people from across the United States attended PassageMaker Magazine’s Trawler Fest, which took place Oct. 2-4 in Solomons, Md.

Organizers were pleased with the turnout at this year's Solomons Md., Trawler Fest.

“We were thrilled at this year’s turnout at Solomons,” says John Wooldridge, PassageMaker magazine’s editor in chief. “Our seminars were well-attended and our interactive afternoon activities at the marina attracted enthusiastic participants.”

The new Selene 47 won the PassageMaker People’s Choice Award. The Maine Cat P-47, which debuted at the show, was also a popular attraction.

PassageMaker University, two days of educational courses on topics such as diesel engines and boat handling taught by industry experts, immediately preceded the show.

The next Trawler Fest will take place Jan. 29-31 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Information about Trawler Fest is available at

Windsurfer attempts rescue of capsized boater

The Maryland Natural Resources Police received notice Oct. 6 from the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services of a missing boater in the area of Crab Alley on Eastern Bay. Emergency units responded to the area and launched a search.

The missing man had been alone in a 12-foot sailboat when high winds capsized his vessel, according to the police report.

A nearby windsurfer observed the boater being separated from his boat and swam to him, but the man was unconscious and the windsurfer was unable to revive him.

Due to rough seas, high winds and exhaustion, the windsurfer swam back to the boat and eventually back to shore, according to the report. A Grasonville Volunteer Fire Company boat recovered the boater from Crab Alley. Both men were transported to the Anne Arundel Medical Center where the boater was pronounced dead and the windsurfer was treated for injuries.

The Natural Resources Police Special Operation Division was continuing an investigation into the accident.

Angler honored at fishing challenge

Bill Burton, an outdoor writer and angler, was honored recently at Sandy Point State Park during the fifth annual Maryland Fishing Challenge closing ceremony. Burton was instrumental in establishing both the original Diamond Jim tournament in the 1950s and the new incarnation started in 2007, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Burton died earlier this year. His widow, Lois Burton, was presented with a framed copy of the poster for this year’s fishing challenge, which celebrated his life and work.

Nearly 1,000 anglers, sponsors and guests were present at the ceremony, which took place Sept. 18.

The 2009 Search for Diamond Jim tournament ran June 1 to Sept. 7. Anglers were after one fish out of 150 specially tagged striped bass released in batches of 50 during the summer months. All 150 of the fish were worth a minimum of $500 and up to $25,000 for the real Diamond Jim, if caught in August and neither of the previous months’ Diamond Jims had been caught. Six of the $500 fish were caught this year before the contest ended.

This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the December issue.