Nine Anglers Qualify to Win $1,000,000 in Maryland Fishing Challenge - Southern Maryland Headline News

Nine Anglers Qualify to Win $1,000,000 in Maryland Fishing Challenge

Another Instant Winner $25,000 Diamond Jim Striped Bass Released

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries service announced yesterday that nine anglers caught tagged fish during the first week of the 2nd Annual Maryland $1,000,000 Fishing Challenge. The contest has been named "The Return of Diamond Jim." The nine anglers are now qualified to win a chance at $1 million cash, a 20-foot center console Sailfish 206CC motorboat and trailer, an 18-foot 7-inch Tracker Nitro 591 motorboat and trailer, and two 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pick-up trucks. The statewide fishing tournament, which kicked off on Saturday, June 3, runs through Labor Day, September 4. The following Maryland residents caught qualifying fish from June 3 to June 6:

On June 3 Chris Snider of Germantown caught a largemouth bass in Little Seneca Lake; Eli Golfer of Gaithersburg caught a largemouth bass in Little Seneca Lake; Richard Zimmerman of Pocomoke City caught a largemouth bass in the Pocomoke River; Robert Wiley of Catonsville caught a bluegill in the Susquehanna River below Conowingo Dam; and Brian Lee of Bowie caught a sunfish from Allen's Pond in Prince George's County.

On June 4, Edward Clays of Pasadena caught a largemouth Bass from Lake Waterford and Don Store of Eldersburg caught a largemouth bass near Broad Creek on the tidal Potomac River. On June 5, Eric Bartlett of Ferndale caught a largemouth bass from Lake Waterford. On June 6, Darin Magee from Frederick, MD caught a brown trout from Owens Creek near Thurmont, MD. The DNR expressed congratulations to all the lucky anglers. The DNR also reminds the public that there are still hundreds of tagged fish swimming in Maryland waters waiting to be caught.

DNR Fisheries staff also released a $25,000 Diamond Jim Striped Bass in Eastern Bay yesterday as part of the Challenge. This specially tagged fish will be eligible during week two of the tournament beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 and ending at midnight on Friday, June 16. Each week throughout the 13-week tournament, a striped bass marked with a special green tag will be released. The angler who catches that week’s Diamond Jim will win an instant $25,000 and will be entered into the drawing for a $3,000-pair of diamond earrings, courtesy of Zachary Jewelers of Annapolis.

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