Diamond Jim: One That - Still - Gets Away

Fishing

July 31, 2009|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com

SOLOMONS - -The striped bass known as Diamond Jim and worth five figures continues to elude Maryland anglers as this year's annual fishing contest enters its final month.

John Sparrow, a Waldorf fisherman, opened an envelope Thursday morning at Calvert Marina to see whether the tagged striped bass he caught earlier this month off Calvert County was worth $20,000 or an impostor worth $500.

"It's an impostor," said Sparrow, as cameras clicked and TV cameras rolled. "Diamond Jim is still out there. ... He's still swimming."

Anglers have until midnight today to catch July's Diamond Jim, worth $20,000.

An additional 50 fish - one Diamond Jim and 49 impostors - were released off Solomons Thursday morning. If the July fish is not caught, one of the August striped bass is worth $25,000.

The 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge will continue until Sept. 7. Anyone who catches a citation-sized fish from more than 60 freshwater, tidal and saltwater species is eligible for the grand-prize drawing. The top prize is a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops.

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