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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
The big one got away again in the Maryland Fishing Challenge's Diamond Jim contest. In an event that has never awarded its top prize of $25,000, none of the 11 fishermen who caught one of the 600 striped bass tagged this summer by the Maryland Department of Resources had the number corresponding to the Diamond Jim. Yet, for the first time in the seven-year history, those who caught what the DNR call "impostors" split the prize money, with...
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From Sun staff reports | September 14, 2014
Rick Snider of Biglerville, Pa., was the top winner in the grand-prize drawing at the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale last Sunday, walking away with a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats. "Aside from my kids, grandkids and wife, this is the most awesome thing to ever happen," said Snider, who qualified for the drawing by catching an Angler Award-qualifying 40.5-inch striped bass off Breezy Point in Calvert County from his sailboat. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented more than $70,000 in cash, prizes and merchandise at the celebration of fishing attended by more than 2,000 people, including sponsors, contestants and their guests, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,[Sun photographer] | September 23, 2007
As the drawing of prize winners in the state's "Diamond Jim" fishing contest teetered on the brink of meltdown yesterday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley as the beleaguered game show host, one could only wonder: Is Maryland really ready to run slot machines? The use of a Maryland Lottery pingpong ball device to choose the five finalists was too clever by half. With more than 200 anglers and family members watching from a parking lot at Sandy Point State Park, the organizers lost track of the number of balls in the hopper and how they related to choosing the finalists.
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Sports Digest | June 6, 2014
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Blair Wheeler had fished only a few times in her life when she decided to rent a charter boat off Tracys Landing near Deale in late July to celebrate the respective birthdays of her husband and brother. It was the first time Wheeler had gone fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. It probably won't be the last. Wheeler, a 25-year-old from Herndon, Va., who works as a television news producer in Washington, became the first person to win the Diamond Jim fishing contest's $25,000 grand prize in the nine years since the Maryland Department of Natural Resources revived it as part of the agency's Maryland Fishing Challenge.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | July 31, 2009
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.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | May 29, 2009
Fifty-one striped bass are sporting the latest in outdoor apparel as they swim the waters of the Chesapeake Bay: thin, green plastic tags announcing that they are the money fish in the state's annual fishing contest, which begins at 5 a.m. today. One of the fish, nicknamed Diamond Jim, is worth $10,000. The 50 others are worth $500 each. "The Maryland Fishing Challenge" is in its fifth year, with Diamond Jim just one component of the event. Anglers also are encouraged to enter their catches of citation-size fish in more than 60 species - freshwater, tidal and saltwater - for a chance to win a boat, motor and trailer, a guided fishing trip or prizes worth $7,000.
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By CANDUS THOMAS and CANDUS THOMAS,SUN REPORTER | June 3, 2008
With a flip and a splash, 21 robust striped bass with neon-green tags - one worth $15,000 - were released just off Annapolis yesterday to kick off the richest portion of the state's summer fishing contest. The fish in the spotlight, nicknamed "Diamond Jim," will net an angler $10,000 cash and a $5,000 diamond if caught by midnight on June 30. Anyone who lands one of the 20 "impostors" will win a $500 gift certificate to Boater's World. No one has caught "Diamond Jim" in the previous three years of the Maryland Fishing Challenge, but anglers have won Toyota pickup trucks, boats and trailers, tackle and gift certificates.
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From Sun staff reports | September 14, 2014
Rick Snider of Biglerville, Pa., was the top winner in the grand-prize drawing at the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale last Sunday, walking away with a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats. "Aside from my kids, grandkids and wife, this is the most awesome thing to ever happen," said Snider, who qualified for the drawing by catching an Angler Award-qualifying 40.5-inch striped bass off Breezy Point in Calvert County from his sailboat. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented more than $70,000 in cash, prizes and merchandise at the celebration of fishing attended by more than 2,000 people, including sponsors, contestants and their guests, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun Reporter | July 4, 2007
Diamond Jim lives to swim another day. Two Eastern Shore anglers who caught tagged striped bass in the first month of the state's summer-long Search for Diamond Jim fishing tournament won $500 gift certificates instead of the top prize of $10,000. Standing on the grounds of Fort McHenry with the Patapsco River as a backdrop, Trish Hayden and Rob Johnson wore tight smiles and fidgeted as they waited for the opening of a strongbox containing the prize envelopes. Johnson, a Preston resident, took a deep breath and opened his white envelope with tag No. 03503 written on it: Gift certificate to Boater's World.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Blair Wheeler had fished only a few times in her life when she decided to rent a charter boat off Tracys Landing near Deale in late July to celebrate the respective birthdays of her husband and brother. It was the first time Wheeler had gone fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. It probably won't be the last. Wheeler, a 25-year-old from Herndon, Va., who works as a television news producer in Washington, became the first person to win the Diamond Jim fishing contest's $25,000 grand prize in the nine years since the Maryland Department of Natural Resources revived it as part of the agency's Maryland Fishing Challenge.
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Sports Digest | July 26, 2013
Golf Rohrback wins State Women's Amateur Kaitlyn Rohrback , 21, of Crofton Country Club won her third Maryland State Women's Amateur championship in the past four years, defeating defending champion Andrea Kraus , another three-time winner, from Hayfields CC, 3 and 1, at the Elkridge Club. Men: John and Matt Pipitone of Hunt Valley Golf Club and Maryland Golf & CC, respectively, birdied their last two holes to shoot 32-33 - 65, and capture their first Father-Son championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at the University of Maryland Golf Club.
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July 7, 2013
Fred Brungart of York, Pa., caught a Maryland record 38-inch, 24-pound Atlantic cod on May 31 out of Ocean City , the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service reported last week. Brungart hooked the fish aboard the 80-foot headboat Ocean Princess captained by Victor Bunting . After recognizing that the Maryland state-record fish list did not include cod, Captain Bunting encouraged Brungart to have his catch weighed on the Ocean City Fishing Center's scale.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
The big one got away again at Saturday's Maryland Fishing Challenge finale in Annapolis. For the eighth straight year since the contest was established, no anglers caught the special Diamond Jim striped bass worth a $25,000 prize. Though the $25,000 striped bass wasn't caught, it marks the second year in which the Jim Diamond prize money was split among those who caught a fish carrying the designated tag. Instead, the nine anglers who caught fish that were tagged in the popular Maryland Department of Natural Resources' contest took home nearly $2,800 each.
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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
The big one got away again in the Maryland Fishing Challenge's Diamond Jim contest. In an event that has never awarded its top prize of $25,000, none of the 11 fishermen who caught one of the 600 striped bass tagged this summer by the Maryland Department of Resources had the number corresponding to the Diamond Jim. Yet, for the first time in the seven-year history, those who caught what the DNR call "impostors" split the prize money, with...
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July 30, 2011
It will be hard to leave the pizza, the pool and the ice cream when Wednesday rolls around for Andres and Duvan, two orphans from Colombia who spent a month soaking up the things we take for granted. But they'll always have the Chesapeake Bay, which threw a giant going away party Thursday that they won't soon forget. A cavalcade of rod-bending striped bass will do that to you, no matter how old you are. But there were other moments, too. There wasn't a lot to cheer about when the boys and their host families boarded a charter boat in Solomons.
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July 7, 2013
Fred Brungart of York, Pa., caught a Maryland record 38-inch, 24-pound Atlantic cod on May 31 out of Ocean City , the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service reported last week. Brungart hooked the fish aboard the 80-foot headboat Ocean Princess captained by Victor Bunting . After recognizing that the Maryland state-record fish list did not include cod, Captain Bunting encouraged Brungart to have his catch weighed on the Ocean City Fishing Center's scale.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2010
"Where are the rockfish?" If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that in the last 10 days, I'd have $2. Just joking. The question has come up at fisheries meetings in Annapolis and at the Wish-A-Fish event for special needs kids at Sandy Point State Park. It was raised by two gentlemen from the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association while I was buying my hunting license. Even the state's most sought-after rockfish — that $20,000 rascal, Diamond Jim — has made himself scarce with one month to go in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | September 20, 2009
The suspense didn't last long during the grand prize drawing for the state's annual fishing contest Saturday. With the rip of an envelope and a whoop of delight, the first of five contestants on stage at Sandy Point State Park converted a 40.8-inch striped bass into an 18-foot Tracker boat and trailer combination. David Wilhelm, a 37-year-old auto shop owner from Perryville, took top honors at the Maryland Fishing Challenge, an event that attracted nearly 1,500 entrants from 17 states.
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