Wednesday, April 19, 2006

$1 Million Fishing Challenge Diamond Jim

Maryland has decided to have its second annual $1 Million Fishing Challenge from June 3 through Labor Day.
It actually isn't a tournament, but just a lucky coincidence if you hook specially tagged fish. It will be expanded to include Maryland's freshwater lakes and streams, in addition to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The Department of Natural Resources said it has added more prizes and created guaranteed winners.
Five grand prizes have been donated, including a chance at $1 million cash, a 20-foot center console Sailfish 206CC motorboat and trailer, an 18-foot Tracker Nitro 591 boat and trailer, and two 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pick-up trucks. In addition, many of those catching the tagged fish will be instant winners of prize packages.
This year's challenge will also feature something called Diamond Jim. Each week throughout the 13-week event, a striped bass marked with a special yellow tag will be released. Whoever catches that week's Diamond Jim will win an instant $25,000. During the 2005 Fishing Challenge, 103 fish were caught by 102 anglers and four were selected to vie for the $1 million grand prize. The buzzwords are "vie for." It doesn't necessarily mean you'll win.Good weather is also expected.
The Fishing Challenge is open to everyone who is legally licensed to fish in Maryland (because of reciprocity, in the case of the Chesapeake Bay that will include those with Virginia saltwater licenses), or fishing in one of Maryland's license-free fishing areas, or fishing during the state's three license-free fishing days (June 3, 10 and July 4). Registration is not required for the free tournament. All ages are invited to participate. So go ahead and catch one of hundreds of tagged rockfish, croakers, large- and smallmouth bass, white perch, crappies, sunfish, walleyes, trout and catfish that will be released all around the state,
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