More than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs during this year’s Fishing Challenge
The Diamond Jim component of the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its final phase today when Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists and teams of young anglers caught, tagged and released around 200 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth as much as $25,000 to the angler who catches him between August 1 and midnight September 2, with the other tagged imposter rockfish worth at least $500 each. Read more
With the spring season opener kicking off tomorrow, Maryland’s iconic striped bass, better known as rockfish, has area anglers preparing to get out on the water in hopes of reeling in a big one. Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay spring Striped Bass season opens at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches through May 15. Read more
“We had a slow morning fishing over the Norfolk Canyon for white marlin and decided to switch to bottom fishing,” said Purcell. “I rigged a strip of skipjack tuna for bait and dropped it about 450 feet to the bottom.”
It was this combination that landed him the record fish. Read more
The District of Columbia granted a perpetual conservation easement on 250 acres of heavily wooded, stream valley in Anne Arundel County to the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust. The D.C. Department of General Services will manage the land ─ located along the Little Patuxent River within view of Ft. Meade and Route 32 ─ which is part of a larger 827-acre property.
Scott Cusick of Jackson, NJ set a new Maryland State record by reeling in a scalloped hammerhead shark weighing 266 pounds, eight ounces, at the White Marlin Open tournament on August 8. His catch won the tournament’s largest shark category, earning him a prize of $5,150.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to clarify the rules and prizes for the Second Annual Snakehead Contest. There are no cash rewards for catching and killing a snakehead. DNR will draw three names at random from the list of anglers who submit a photo of their snakehead catch to the DNR Anglers Log.