Names of Latest Qualifying Anglers Announced in Maryland’s $1,000,000 Fishing Challenge


ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service announced today the names of the lucky anglers who caught qualifying tagged fish during week six of the 2nd Annual Maryland $1,000,000 Fishing Challenge: The Return of Diamond Jim. At least 100 anglers are now eligible to win one of the five grand prizes including a chance to win $1 million. The 13-week contest ends September 4 with the closing ceremony scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at City Dock in Annapolis. The time of the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

The following is a list of anglers who caught qualifying tagged fish from week six of the tournament.

* Mike Twigg, Smithsburg, MD; largemouth bass, Cunningham Falls Lake (July 7)

* Rodney Wilkens, Hagerstown, MD; largemouth bass, Deep Creek Lake (July 9)

* 13 year-old Andrew Day, Cumberland, MD; largemouth bass, Rocky Gap Lake (July 9)

* Ronald Poffenberger, Boonsboro, MD; smallmouth bass, Potomac River near the Dargan Needles (July 9)

* Randall O'Niell, Hamilton, OH; rainbow trout, Deep Creek Lake (July 10)

* Roy Haller, LaVale, MD; catfish, Rocky Gap Lake (July 10)

The following is a list of additional anglers who caught qualifying tagged fish from previous weeks in the tournament.

* Milton Williams, Hyattsville, MD; bluegill, Myrtle Grove Pond (June 12)

* 15 year-old Kevin Bauls, Keyser, WV; rainbow trout, North Branch of the Potomac River (June 20)

* Tom Collins, Secretary, MD; striped bass, Cook's Point in Chesapeake Bay (June 29)

* Carl Whitacre, Ridgely, WV; rainbow trout, North Branch of the Potomac River (July 1)

* Joe Campbell, Baltimore, MD; largemouth bass, Loch Raven Reservoir (July 6)

* Mike Twigg, Smithsburg, MD; largemouth bass, Cunningham Falls Lake (July 6)

* Tori Twigg, Smithsburg, MD; largemouth bass, Cunningham Falls Lake (July 6)

DNR Fisheries Service personnel released the seventh $25,000 Diamond Jim striped bass north of the Cedar Point Rip. That fish will become eligible during week seven of the tournament starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 and running until midnight on Friday, July 21. For more information about the tournament and a full list of anglers who have caught qualifying tagged fish, please visit, http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fish4cash/.

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