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$25,000 Diamond Jim on the Loose

Dylan Kimmel and his first ever Rockfish, tagged and ready to release. Photo by Beth Versak

Dylan Kimmel and his first ever Rockfish, tagged and ready to release. Photo by Beth Versak

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 »


Pennsylvania Angler Catches Maryland Record Cod

Fred Brungart of York, Pa. and his record-setting Atlantic cod

Brungart of  Pa. and his record Atlantic cod

Fred Brungart of York, Pennsylvania caught a Maryland record 38-inch, 24-pound Atlantic cod on May 31 out of Ocean City. Brungart hooked the fish aboard the 80-foot headboat Ocean Princess captained by Victor Bunting. Read more »


Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Spring Striped Bass Season to Open

Photo from Shawn Kimbro

Photo from Shawn Kimbro

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 »


State Record Blueline Tilefish Caught

Robert Purcell of Bishopville caught a Maryland record 20-pound blueline tilefish, on September 12, about 75 miles southeast of Ocean City.

“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 »


MET, Partners Preserve Little Patuxent River Woodlands

Middle Patuxent River: Floodplain showing Virginia Bluebells

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.

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Volunteers Needed for Farm Restoration Project

The Button Farm House

Who: Open to the Public (Student Service Learning Approved)

When: Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Seneca Creek State Park, Button Farm Living History Center, 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown

Contact: 202-903-4140 or

The Menare Foundation, Inc. is seeking volunteers to help clean and prep Button Farm ─ a property in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources curatorship program ─ for the start of its 8-month restoration. Volunteers may arrive anytime during the clean-up and stay for as long as they would like. Read more »


State Record Broken at White Marlin Open

Scott Cusick - State Record Scalloped Hammerhead  2 - WMO 8-2012

Scott Cusick – State Record Scalloped Hammerhead

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.
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DNR Snakehead Clarifies Snakehead Drawing

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.

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