Wanted: $25,000 "Diamond Jim" Striped Bass

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Wanted: $25,000 "Diamond Jim" Striped Bass

7/30/08

Increased opportunity for anglers to catch "Diamond Jim" Stripers in August

WHAT: DNR will release the final batch of specially tagged striped bass, including Diamond Jim, for the 2008 MarylandFishing Challenge.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2008

WHERE: Solomons Fishing Pier and Boat Ramp
14195 S. Solomons Island Rd.
Solomons, MD 20688

WHO: Tom O'Connell, Director of Maryland Fisheries Service and DNR biologists

*PLEASE RSVP TO 410-260-8018 BY 3 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 TO ENSURE A SEAT ON THE BOAT*

BACKGROUND:
On July 31, 2008, 21 specially tagged striped bass will be released at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the 21 will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth $25,000 cash courtesy of Boater's World and a $5,000 diamond from Smyth Jewelers, if caught bymidnight on August 31. The other tagged striped bass, Diamond Jim imposters, will each be worth $500 in Boater's World gift certificates.

Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the 2008 MarylandFishing Challenge began Saturday, April 12 and runs through Labor Day, September 1. Any angler who catches a citation-qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of the official sponsor grand prizes. To date, over 1,100 anglers have qualified to win grand prizes, including a 2008 Toyota Tundra 4x4 pickup truck from Central Atlantic Toyota, a boat and trailer package from Bass Pro Shops and $5,000 in gear from Bill's Outdoor Center.

For more information about the prizes, rules and where to fish, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge.

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The 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.


Media Contact:
Kara Turner (410) 260-8018
 


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