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More than $50,000 in prizes still is up for grabs in this year’s Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources tagged and released around 200 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay, one of which is the official Diamond Jim worth $20,000. The other tagged “imposter” rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight Sept. 2.

Diamond Jim is currently worth $25,000. If not caught by midnight Labor Day, the prize will be split equally among those who catch imposters.

Now in its ninth year, the challenge showcases Maryland as a premier sport fishing destination with accessible, affordable, diverse and high-quality opportunities for anglers of all ages. Anyone who catches and registers a Maryland Angler Award-eligible sport fish in any of the three categories — nontidal, Chesapeake Bay and coastal — will receive a certificate of achievement and free passes to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale on Sept. 7 at Sandy Point State Park.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge is a free year-round tournament sponsored by DNR. To be eligible for the contest, all fish must be caught recreationally by rod and reel.

According to the DNR, 28 tagged fish had been submitted as of Aug. 7.

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