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I was invited to speak to the Annapolis Anglers Club on Wed, Jan 18. The presentation "The Quest for 70" describes my ambitious quest to catch at least 70 different species on rod and reel during 2022. I caught about 30 species in Maryland waters, but needed to venture south to Florida to catch the remaining 43 species to exceed the goal. The presentation includes photos of all 73 species, along with stories about how some of those fish were caught. 90% of my fishing during the year was made in shallow water while fishing from kayaks.

Keeping track of all those catches requires some form of recordkeeping. The presentation also describes the spreadsheet I created in 2021 that tracks how many fish of each species are caught during each trip. After using the spreadsheet for two full years, I have a wealth of data on my fishing results.

The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is held at the American Legion Post #7, 1905 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401. From the AAC website: "Annapolis Anglers Club meetings are open to the public. Spouses and children are welcome to attend. There will be drawings for table prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for the table prizes and the 50/50 drawing are $5 each. Food and drinks are available at very reasonable prices from the American Legion Post kitchen. Arrive early, have dinner, and get your prize and raffle tickets."

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I'll try and work it in. It's great to have goals and see them through. Maybe I'll hit all of the big bike rallies and ride the famous roads. Pacific Coast highway, the various parts of the Dragon, Daytona, Sturgis, the Rock Store, Pikes Peak etc.
 

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I hope that some Tidalfish members can attend the meeting on Wed evening. For those who are interested, but cannot travel there, you may be able to watch the presentation online. The program chairman for the Annapolis Anglers Club posted this on Facebook today: "Barring any technical difficulties, we are planning an in-person meeting as well as a live-stream on our Annapolis Anglers Club Facebook Group Page. The Facebook live-stream should start around 7 p.m. on Wednesday."

Among other stories, hear how I caught this tarpon on a rod broken in half by the strong fish.

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A recorded video of the talk is available for a limited number of days through the Facebook page for the Annapolis Anglers Club Annapolis Anglers Club | Facebook. Scroll down to the post by club president Kevin McMenamin, which gives a link to the video. My talk begins at about the 10:55 mark of the recording.

Thanks, enjoyed it!
Didn't think I could access it, as I don't have Facebook, but no trouble! Sound seemed to improve a few minutes into your presentation as well!

And it reminded me, yet again, that I REALLY need to keep some records/ logs, especially as my memory declines.
 
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