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DNR Kicks Off The 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge
Diamond Jim Returns with the Promise of Big Prizes
ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the kick-off of the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim on Saturday, April 12.
“Maryland’s unparalleled fishing opportunities offer anglers and families terrific outdoor experiences in every corner of our state,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “We opened the tournament early this year to include Maryland’s premiere trout fishing opportunities.”
In the same manner as last year, any angler who catches a citation award qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of several grand prizes. Beginning in early June, anglers will also have the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in cash for the capture of Diamond Jim — a specially tagged striped bass that will be released — along with a number of imposters — at three major events this summer.
Returning for the fourth year as a sponsor is Boater’s World, which is offering up to $25,000 in cash awards for the capture of Diamond Jim and $500 gift certificates for the capture of imposters. Coming back for a third year are Central Atlantic Toyota and Bass Pro Shops, who are each donating the grand prizes, a Toyota Tundra 4x4 pick-up truck and a Tracker boat, motor and trailer, respectively. Bill’s Outdoor Center in Oakland, a sponsor since 2006, is providing $5,000 worth of various prizes and Smyth Jewelers is offering an extra incentive to catch “Diamond Jim” — a diamond worth $5,000.
“We are inspired by the success of the annual tournament and the excitement it generates across the board, from the most experienced angler to youngsters learning to cast,” said Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “Fishing in Maryland is for everyone and we hope this contest inspires residents and non-residents alike to get out and enjoy the experience.”
More than 60 species of fish are eligible for the grand prizes, including large and smallmouth bass, trout, walleye, musky and panfish in the freshwaters of Maryland; rockfish (striped bass), bluefish, drum, sea trout and perch in the Chesapeake Bay; and tuna, marlin, flounder, kingfish and sea bass on the oceanside. The contest runs through September 1. Grand prize winners will be randomly selected at a closing ceremony in mid-September. For the rules and tournament information visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge.
April 10, 2008
Contact: Kara Turner
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.