He is swimming in Chesapeake Bay. His name is Diamond Jim. Seen him?
He is a striped bass with a special tag, and if you catch him before June 30 you will have more than just a plate full of dinner.
You will have $10,000.
Catching Diamond Jim is part of the Maryland Fishing Challenge, which starts NOW — you should leave work and go fish, but don’t tell anyone I said that — with a special chartreuse tagged striped bass having been inserted Thursday into the Maryland portion of the bay.
I should pause to clarify something about Diamond Jim: There is more than one Diamond Jim.
The are three — sort of. Catch the first one by June 30 — that’s worth 10 grand. The prizes increase throughout July and August to as much as $25,000 if further inserted Diamond Jims aren’t caught within a certain time frame. (Read the somewhat overly complicated rules here.)
First warning: There are other specially tagged striped bass swimming in the bay, but the state’s Department of Natural Resources, which sponsors the contest, says those fish are “imposters” and are worth a minimum of $500.
Second warning: If you catch a Diamond Jim, DNR shouts: “DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG FROM THE STRIPED BASS. IF THE TAG IS REMOVED, THE FISH WILL NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR A PRIZES.”
And if you catch a Diamond Jim, let me know and I will tell your fish story on this blog.