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Maryland Fishing Challenge

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2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge

The Maryland Fishing Challenge is a free, year-round fishing contest, which showcases Maryland’s affordable, accessible, diverse, and high quality fishing opportunities.

Recreational fishing offers opportunities for families and individuals to spend quality time together, enjoying the wonderful natural resources which Maryland has to offer.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge would not be possible without the businesses, individuals, and fishing organizations who donate prizes and fishing trips. The contest is funded by fishing license revenue, a marine fuel sales surcharge, and a Federal excise tax on sport fishing tackle and related equipment. Therefore, the Maryland Fishing Challenge also depends on anglers. Thank you all for your generous support!

Contest Components:

The Maryland Fishing Challenge has four components:

  • Angler Award Program– Any angler fishing legally in Maryland may catch and record an award-winning fish by landing any of more than 60 eligible species in three categories above a certain minimum size. If you catch a fish that meets or exceeds the official award size, simply submit your catch to an official award center to receive your entry ticket and instructions on how to complete the required online registration process. You will receive your award certificate within 45 days, and your invitation to the September 2014 Grand Finale will be sent to you in August 2014. Prize winners will be randomly selected from the attendees at the Finale. Qualifying anglers are limited to one chance per person, regardless of the number of Angler Awards they receive. Catch and Release anglers may participate by bringing a clear photograph of their fish to an award center. Lay the fish on a tape measure to photograph so that the species and size can be verified. Submit your photo at an official award center to receive your entry ticket.
  • Invasive Species Award – This component recognizes anglers for reporting their harvest of certain eligible invasive fish species. “Invasive” describes a species that, when introduced into an ecosystem, aggressively establishes itself and has the potential to negatively impact native plants, animals, or habitat. Currently there are three invasive fish species which naturally reproduce or migrate into Maryland waters and are eligible only for Invasive Species Awards: Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead and Flathead Catfish. Fish must be kept to qualify and there are three ways for anglers to enter their catch:
    1. Angler Award – fish (must be kept) meeting minimum award size are eligible;
    2. State Record – fish (must be kept) exceeding the existing state record weight are eligible;
    3. Angler’s Log – fish (must be kept) harvested at any size are eligible if posted on the DNR Angler’s invasive Log – www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fishingreport/invasive.asp.

    Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Prize winners will be randomly selected from Invasive Species Component entrants in September 2014.

  • Diamond Jim – The Diamond Jim component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge celebrates Maryland’s state fish — the Striped Bass. The original Diamond Jim Contest, sponsored by a Baltimore brewery in 1956, featured a single, tagged Striped Bass worth $25,000 to the angler who could catch it. In the modern rendition of the Diamond Jim Challenge, many fish are tagged and released with one fish designated each summer month as the authentic Diamond Jim. If this fish is caught and verified by DNR, it is worth up to $25,000 to the angler who catches it. The remaining tagged Striped Bass are known as imposters, and they are each worth at least $500.

    If you catch a Striped Bass with a bright yellow-green tag marked “2014 Diamond Jim Fishing Challenge,” be sure to leave the tag in the fish and call the number printed on the tag to leave a message. If the tag is removed from the fish, the fish becomes ineligible, and you will not be entered into the contest.

  • Maryland Youth Fishing Club – In 2014, twelve members of DNR’s Maryland Youth Fishing Club (MYFC) will be selected to come to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale where they will be awarded guided fishing trips. These lucky young anglers will be selected from those who submit posts to the Youth Angler’s Log (http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fishingreport/kids.asp). Each month, there will be a random drawing from the monthly entries and the winners names will be posted on line. Visit the MYFC for additional information on how to become a member.— www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/keepfishing/

For complete Maryland Fishing Challenge rules and online registration go to — http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/challenge/index.asp

Angler Award Minimum Sizes

NONTIDAL DIVISION

Bluegill

11 inches

Brook Trout

12 inches

Brown Trout

21 inches

Bullhead Catfish

15 inches

Carp

36 inches

Chain Pickerel

24 inches

Channel Catfish

30 inches

Crappie

15 inches

Cutthroat Trout

20 inches

Largemouth Bass

21 inches

Muskellunge

40 inches

Northern Pike

38 inches

Rainbow Trout

20 inches

Redbreast Sunfish

8 inches

Redear Sunfish

11 inches

Rock Bass

10 inches

Smallmouth Bass

20 inches

Striped Bass

36 inches

Tiger Muskie

40 inches

Walleye

26 inches

White Catfish

20 inches

White Perch

13 inches

Yellow Perch

14 inches

CHESAPEAKE BAY DIVISION

Black Drum

48 inches

Blue Catfish***

40 inches

Blue Crab

9 inches

Bluefish

34 inches

Carp

30 inches

Chain Pickerel

24 inches

Channel Catfish

30 inches

Cobia

44 inches

Crappie

15 inches

Croaker

18 inches

Flathead Catfish***

34 inches

Gar

36 inches

Largemouth Bass

21 inches

Northern Snakehead***

30 inches

Northern Whiting Kingfish

14 inches

Red Drum*

36 inches

Rock Bass

10 inches

Shad, American*

24 inches

Shad, Hickory*

18 inches

Sheepshead

24 inches

Smallmouth Bass

20 inches

Spanish Mackerel

22 inches

Spot

12 inches

Spotted Seatrout

24 inches

Striped Bass

40 inches

Summer Flounder

24 inches

Tautog

24 inches

Walleye

26 inches

Weakfish

24 inches

White Catfish

20 inches

White Perch

13 inches

Yellow Perch

14 inches

ATLANTIC COAST DIVISION

Albacore (Longfin)

36 inches

Amberjack

45 inches

Atlantic Cod

36 inches

Atlantic Spadefish

24 inches

Black Drum

48 inches

Black Sea Bass

20 inches

Bluefish

34 inches

Blueline Tilefish

25 inches

Blue Marlin*

any size

Cobia

44 inches

Croaker

18 inches

Dolphin

45 inches

False Albacore

24 inches

Golden Tilefish

35 inches

King Mackerel

40 inches

Northern Whiting Kingfish

14 inches

Red Drum*

36 inches

Sailfish*

any size

Shad, American*

24 inches

Shad, Hickory*

18 inches

Shark, Blue*

any size

Shark, Hammerhead*

any size

Shark, Mako*

any size

Shark, Sand Tiger*

any size

Shark, Thresher*

any size

Shark, Tiger*

any size

Sheepshead

20 inches

Snowy Grouper

31 inches

Spanish Mackerel

22 inches

Spot

12 inches

Spotted Seatrout

24 inches

Striped Bass

40 inches

Summer Flounder

24 inches

Swordfish*

any size

Tautog

24 inches

Tuna, Bigeye**

60 inches

Tuna, Blackfin**

30 inches

Tuna, Bluefin**

55 inches

Tuna, Yellowfin**

50 inches

Wahoo

60 inches

Weakfish

24 inches

White Marlin*

any size

Angler Award Centers

ALLEGANY

Bassin Box, Lavale

Orleans Grocery, Little Orleans

ANNE ARUNDEL

All Tackle, Annapolis

Angler’s Sport Center, Annapolis

Bass Pro Shops, Hanover

Cobe Sport & Marine Center, Pasadena

Fishbone’s Bait & Tackle, Inc.,Pasadena

Marty’s Sporting Goods, Edgewater

Tri-State Marine, Deale

BALTIMORE

Bluefin’s Bait & Tackle, Dundalk

Bowley’s Bait & Tackle, Baltimore

Clark’s Sports Shop, Baltimore

Clyde’s Sport Shop, Baltimore

Fearls Bait and Tackle, Baltimore

Set’s Sport Shop, Towson

Tochterman’s, Baltimore

Trophy Bait & Tackle, Baltimore

Deer Park Garden Center

CALVERT

Bay Pro Shop, Dunkirk

Breezy Point, Chesapeake Beach

Bunky’s Charter Boats, Solomons

Rod n’ Reel Dock, Chesapeake Beach

Tyler’s Tackle Shop, Chesapeake Beach

Tiki Bar, Solomons

CAROLINE

Tuckahoe Sportsman, Denton

CARROLL

Piney Run Park, Sykesville

CECIL

Herb’s Tackle Shop, North East

Sarge’s Market, Elkton

CHARLES

Shymansky’s Marina, Cobb Island

DORCHESTER

Taylor’s Island Campground, Taylor’s Island

Chesapeake Classics, Cambridge

Taylor’s Island Campground @ Slaughter Creek,
Taylor’s Island

FREDERICK

Catfish Nation Bait & Tackle, Thurmont

Fox’s Sport and Bait Shop, Frederick

GARRETT

Bill’s Outdoor Center, Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Outfitters, Deep Creek Lake

KENT

Millington Hardware, Millington

River Rock Outdoors, Rock Hall

MONTGOMERY

WSSC Watershed Police, Brookeville

QUEEN ANNE’S

Chesapeake Outdoors, Chester

Kentmoor Harbour, Stevensville

SOMERSET

Dave’s RV, Crisfield

L.E.Hitch & Sons, Eden

ST. MARY’S

Kellum’s Seafood, Ridge

The Tackle Box, Lexington Park

Bob’s Sunoco, That Fishing Place, Calloway

TALBOT

Gateway Marina, Trappe

Harrison’s Chesapeake House, Tilghman

Shore Sportsman, Easton

WASHINGTON

Battleview Market, Sharpsburg

Dugan’s Sporting Goods, Hancock

WORCESTER

All Tackle, Ocean City

AKE Marine, Ocean City

Assateague Market, Berlin

Bahia Marina, Ocean City

Lucky Angler Bait & Tackle

Ocean City Fishing Center, Ocean City

Ocean City Fishing Pier, Ocean City

Ocean Pines Provisions, Ocean Pines

Oceanic Pier, Ocean City

Oyster Bay Tackle, Ocean City

Sea Hawk Sport Center, Pocomoke City

Talbot Street Bait& Tackle, Ocean City

Sunset Marina, Ocean City

White Marlin Marina, Ocean City

DELAWARE

Capt. Mac’s Bait and Tackle, Selbyville

Eastern Marine, Newark

VIRGINIA

R.W.’s Sport Shop, Callao

Smith Point Marina, Reedville

Thank You!

The Maryland Fishing Challenge would not be possible without the sponsors, individuals, and fishing organizations who donate prizes and fishing trips. The contest is funded via revenue from fishing licenses, gasoline sales surcharges and a federal excise tax on sport fishing tackle and related equipment; and therefore it also depends on contributions from anglers like you. Thanks to everyone for your generous support!

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