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Catch a striped bass named Diamond Jim and win $20,000

fishingchallengeCatch a fish named Diamond Jim and win $20,000 as part of “The Maryland Fishing Challenge” this summer.

The Diamond Jim component of the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its second phase when teams of youth anglers and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists caught, tagged and released more than 100 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay recently. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth $20,000 to the angler who catches it between July 1 and midnight July 31. The other tagged rockfish will be known as imposters worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before Sept. 3, 2012.

“The Maryland Fishing Challenge provides the perfect opportunity for seasoned and novice anglers, children and adults, and everyone in between, to get outdoors, enjoy our State’s great fishing opportunities and forge lasting memories,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

This year’s challenge honors the life and times of world renowned fly-fishing legend Lefty Kreh. Over his remarkable 75-year career the Maryland native has shared his enthusiasm and skill for fishing through his columns, books and presentations. He is also known for his commitment to Maryland’s natural resources, promoting conservation and clean water, and giving back to the outdoors. Kreh was honored by Governor Martin O’Malley at the dedication of the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail in the Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park on June 11.

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