Diamond Jim on the Loose in Chesapeake Bay Pt2

Diamond Jim on the Loose in Chesapeake Bay Pt2

From May 31 until Labor Day, bass anglers in Maryland may wind up catching more than fish.

Tomorrow, May 31, Maryland DNR will release the first batch of up to 200 tagged striped bass, including Diamond Jim for the 2011 Maryland Fishing Challenge.

The bass will be released into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of these fish, Diamond Jim, will be worth $10,000. The other specially tagged fish will each be worth at least $500. The Diamond Jim component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge will begin Tuesday, May 31 and will run through Labor Day. New this year, DNR will guarantee $25,000 in prize money. If Diamond Jim is not caught, the prize money will be distributed evenly among the anglers who catch imposters.

The release of the striped bass will take place at Happy Harbor Marina, located at 533 Deale Road in the town of Deale at 9:00 a.m.For more information, visit www.DNR.Maryland.gov.

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