MD Fishing Challenge

 

2012 Winners of the Angler’s Award Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge

 

Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats provided the grand prize which consisted of a boat, motor and trailer, the winner was John Veil of Annapolis.

 

The World Fishing Network provided an all expenses paid fishing trip to the Bimini Game Club on Bimini Island in the Bahamas, won by John Schultz from Pennsylvania.

 

 

Nine lucky anglers caught specially tagged rockfish this summer in the Diamond Jim component of the 2012 Fishing Challenge. After no authentic Diamond Jim was discovered – the anglers split the contest’s cash prize of $25,000 – taking home $2,778 each.

  • Betty Ankeny

  • Jonnie Caldwell

  • Gary Condron

  • Adolph House

  • Young Kim

  • Troy Linderborn

  • Robert Myers

  • William Pickens

  • Robin Zagalsky 

 

 

2012 Youth Rodeo Winners

 Emma Orndoff of Rosedale, MD will receive a trip from CCA – Costal Conservation Association.

Haleigh Belcher of Greensboro, MD will receive a trip from BASS – Bass Federation Nation.

Jacob Ehm of Monkton, MD will receive a trip from BASS – Bass Federation Nation.

Greg Malabayabas of Baltimore, MD will receive a trip from BASS – Bass Federation Nation.

Emily Ross of Fruitland, MD will receive a trip from BASS – Bass Federation Nation.

Zach Layton of Delmar, DE will receive a trip from MSSA – MD Saltwater Sportsmen Association

Brien Powers of Bowie, MD will receive a trip from Dorchester MSSA

Cole Whisler of Arbutus, MD will receive a trip from MAC – Mid Atlantic Council Trout Unlimited

Lennie Benson of East Earl, PA will receive a trip from MAC – Mid Atlantic Council Trout Unlimited

Breeannah Cave of Queenstown, MD will receive a trip from MLSF – MD Legislative Sportsman’s Foundation

Sarah Balyard of Tunnelton, WV will receive a trip from Bill’s Outdoor

Joey Stallings of Baltimore, MD will receive a trip from Bill’s Outdoor

Danielle McKnight of Davidsonville, MD will receive a trip from Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Jackson Shelby of Baltimore, MD will receive a trip from Skip Zinck

Michael Nutter of La Plata, MD will receive a trip from Captain Monty Hawkins

Michael Peyton of Baltimore, MD will receive a trip from Captain Tom Hughes

Daniel Marano of Catonsville, MD will receive a trip from Budd Heim

Cody Mitchell of Quantico, MD will receive a trip from Frank Watkins

Michael Duarte of Baltimore, MD will receive a trip from Greg Shute

 

 

 

12-Year-Old Silver Spring Boy Wins Grand Prize At Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale

Diamond Jim Anglers Split $25,000 Cash

2012 Fishing Challenge to Celebrate the Life & Times of Lefty Kreh

Annapolis, MD (September 10, 2011) — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John Griffin and fishing legend Lefty Kreh presented approximately $70,000 in cash, prizes and merchandise to lucky anglers this morning at the 2011 Maryland Fishing Challenge. Nearly 2,000 people, including sponsors, anglers and their guests, attended the 7th annual contest’s closing ceremony at Sandy Point State Park.

“Fishing is an integral part of Maryland’s heritage and a great way for families to bond by spending time together outdoors,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “”I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Challenge, and encourage all of my fellow anglers to take advantage of our State’s phenomenal fishing opportunities in time to qualify in 2012.”

Since Labor Day 2010, more than 1,300 anglers qualified to participate in today’s grand prize drawing, 11 of whom also qualified for the Diamond Jim component of the challenge. Youth winners from 20 fishing rodeos across the State also won exciting guided fishing trips.

“This contest would simply not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, who share our mission to introduce our young people to the joys of fishing and inspire future generations of stewards along the way, ” said Griffin.

Walking away with today’s grand prize of boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats, was Robert Hamilton, 12 of Silver Spring, Md. Hamilton’s qualifying caught two citation award qualifying white marlin and a blue fish in Ocean City.

“It’s amazing,” said Hamilton. “I can’t wait to tell everyone at school that I won a boat!”

Dickie Russell of Valley Lee, Md., John Brittan Jr. of Hagerstown, Md. And Joe Sanbower of New Windsor, Md. Won thousands of dollars in prizes from Bill’s Outdoor Center. Kenny Reasin of won an all expenses paid fishing trip to the Bimini Game Club on Bimini Island in the Bahamas provided by the World Fishing. All contestants received a commemorative shirt, courtesy of Under Armour. Marty’s Sporting Goods in Edgewater, Angler’s Sport Center and Kent Island Kayaks also contributed prizes for the drawings.

Of the lucky anglers who caught specially tagged rockfish this summer, 4 were determined to be Diamond Jim imposters during June and July and the remaining 7 learned their fate at the event. After all corresponding envelopes were opened – and no authentic Diamond Jim was discovered – the 11 lucky anglers split the contest’s cash prize of $25,000. Taking home $2,272.73 each were: Jeffrey Fennell of Prince George’s County, Md.; Justin Kerstetter of Spotsylvania, Md.; Emidio Ciccanti of Baltimore, Md.; Nick Szokoly of Cockeysville, Md.; Glenn Gross of Baltimore; Rick Ashley of Edgewater; Mike Little of Great Cacapon, W. Va.; Thom Davis of Keedysville, Md.; Dan Turner of Ellicott City, Md.; Jonalyn Denlinger of Severna Park, Md.; David Huffman of Jersey Shore, Pa.

Diamond Jim

“I did not know anything about Diamond Jim until I caught the fish,” said Fennell, who caught a 23″ tagged rockfish. “It’s a beautiful thing to get young people to come out and fish.”

Participating for the first time in the Challenge event was renowned author and fishing legend, Lefty Kreh. In honor of Kreh’s 75-year career of promoting recreational fishing, conservation and stewardship, the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge, which kicked off September 6, will celebrate his life and times.

“Fishing is important for a number of reasons,” said Kreh. “It’s the best way to share time and make lasting memories with family. It’s also an exciting sport because you never know what you’re gonna catch. I’ve been fishing for 80 years and I’m still learning new things every day.”

The youth component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge celebrated 20 lucky young anglers who advanced from DNR-sponsored fishing rodeos this summer. The generous Maryland fishing groups and individuals who sponsored youth trips this year were: Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited, Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association, Bass Federation Nation, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, Bill’s Outdoor Center, Skip Zinck, Captain Monty Hawkins, Captain Mike Benjamin, Captain Richie Gaines and Captain Tom Hughes.

“Catch a fish” is one of the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, issued by Governor Martin O’Malley under the Partnership for Children in Nature, an initiative to ensure all young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards.

At the finale, which took place for the second year as part of the Maryland Seafood Festival, The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation presented Natural Resources Police with a $4,741 check, the proceeds from the sale of Maryland’s lifetime hunting license.

“The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation is a loyal supporter of NRP and DNR as a whole,” said NRP Superintendent Col. George F. Johnson IV. “We certainly have a home for these funds.”

Three batches of nearly 200 specially tagged striped bass – one genuine Diamond Jim and 199 imposters – were released into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries this summer. Diamond Jim’s value increased each month: from $10,000 in June to $20,000 in July and $25,000 in August. The nearly 600 599 Diamond Jim imposters were worth at least $500 each for the duration of the contest.

Through the citation component, 71 species of fish, including large and smallmouth bass, trout, walleye, musky and panfish in the freshwaters of Maryland; rockfish (striped bass), bluefish, drum, sea trout and perch in the Chesapeake Bay; and tuna, marlin, flounder, kingfish and sea bass caught in Maryland waters off the Atlantic Coast, were eligible for the grand prizes.

For more information on the Maryland Fishing Challenge including a list of winners, click on the logo below

The Maryland Fishing Challenge Featuring Diamond Jim is a free, year-round tournament sponsored by the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service, 27 recreational fishing organizations, and generous donors across the state.

The purpose of the event is to promote the Free State’s excellent fishing opportunities and the importance of kids in the outdoors as the essential key to future environmental stewardship.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge features three components:

  1. Kid’s Fishing Rodeos—at some of the more than 50 community-based Fishing Rodeos, sponsored by DNR-Fisheries, communities, and fishing organizations, an angler under the age of 16 may be chosen to advance to the Grand Celebration in September with a chance to take home a prize donated by one of the Maryland Fishing Challenge sponsors.Click here to find a Rodeo in your area. Additionally, each chosen youth angler is guaranteed a “fishing trip of a life time” sponsored by the supporting Maryland Fishing Challenge organizations.
  2. Award Citation Achievers—anyone fishing legally in Maryland has the opportunity to catch and record an award-winning fish by landing any of more than 80 eligible species above a certain minimum size designated by species. If you catch a fish that meets or exceeds the official citation award size, simply submit your catch and a complete citation award entry form to any of the 84 official citation centers (tackle shops) to receive your official certificate and your invitation to the Grand Celebration. The forms are available at the citation centers.Prize winners will be randomly selected from the attendees at the celebration, which will be held during the 43rd Annual Maryland Seafood Festival on September 11, 2010 at Sandy Point State Park. Catch and Release anglers may also participate by submitting a Catch & Release entry form using this online form and by attending the Grand Celebration.
  3. The Return of Diamond Jim—Beginning in June, DNR Fisheries biologists and teams of young anglers take to the Chesapeake Bay to catch, tag and release hundreds of striped bass. Every tag has a unique number designating the striper as a potential Diamond Jim. Each month until September, one fish will be predetermined to be the official Diamond Jim worth as much as $25,000 to the angler who catches him. The other tagged “imposter” fish are worth $500 each. This year, as many as 600 fish will be tagged and released representing more than $300,000 in potential cash winnings.

For the full breakdown on potential Diamond Jim cash prize amounts check out the official rules.

The 2010 contest ends at midnight on Labor Day September 6. The 2011 Maryland Fishing Challenge begins at 12:01 a.m. September 7, 2010.

For more information about the citation award program and the Maryland Fishing Challenge, contact Keith Lockwood at klockwood@dnr.state.md.us and               (410) 226-0078         (410) 226-0078, Ext 107.

To “Catch a fish” is one of the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, issued by Governor Martin O’Malley in April 2009 as part of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, an initiative to ensure all Maryland young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards.

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