Jan 31st, 2012
Cabin Creek Bassmasters’ 9th Annual Sportsman Flea Market held on January 21st and 22nd at the Washington County Agricultural Center was again a success this year although mother nature did her best to give us her cold shoulder. Inclement weather in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain kept some people from coming out and enjoying some good bargains, food and fellowship but the die hard outdoors people and past supporters showed up to help us again support the Butch Ward Memorial Scholarship and the Western Region of the Maryland Bass Federation. We were able to raise $1,200 to donate to the Butch Ward Memorial Scholarship Fund and help raise money for the Potomac River Junior Bassmasters. Most of the familiar faces such as Potomac Guide Service, Mary Lou Charters out of Chesapeake Beach, Black Bass Tackle, Tuscarora Tackle, Bowers Marine, Hardy’s Custom Calls were on hand to show their continued support. Several familiar faces of the Western Region of the MBF were back as well such as Jimmy Kline Leathercraft, Terry Hutson of Hang-Less Jigs, Terry McGee’s Custom Baits, Seavolt Quality Fishing Jigs and our own Rodney Eshleman along with his family of Mrs. Gibble’s Restaurant who prepared the scrumptious food.
The people who braved the elements came to find a wide variety of items from bow hunting supplies, outerwear, game calls, guide services for bass and the Chesapeake Bay, trolling motor mounted pole anchors, custom metal fire pits, hand made leather goods and of course, new and used fishing equipment from handmade spinnerbaits and jigs to hand poured soft plastics and custom made fishing rods. This year we tried something different and held a live auction. Linex of Hagerstown generously donated a $500 gift certificate, Tuscarora Tackle donated a custom spinning rod and Mrs. Gibble’s Restaurant donated a $100 gift basket filled with delectable items that they sell at their restaurant and candy shop. Several of the attendees also donated various items that were auctioned off from autographed hats and book to BASS related T-shirts. A sincere thanks goes out to all of the people that took part in the event this year from the vendors, and people who reserved flea market tables and especially to all of those brave people who ventured out into the cold knowing that fishing season is just around the corner. It was nice to see all those familiar faces again and unite to raise money for a great cause. Our youth are our future and tight lines to all.