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Don Perantoni and his record fish.New State Record Warmouth Caught

Bowie, MD — A Maryland angler, Don Perantoni, has set a new Maryland state record for a warmouth. In the welter weight category of fish, the catch is a champion by all accounts at 9.76 ounces and 9.065 inches in length. Don’s catch sets a precedent for all other warmouth catches, as this is a new State record category.

On August 7, Don was fishing at Cash Lake at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center’s Outreach and Education Center when the warmouth grabbed a surface popper that he had cast.

“Warmouth are a relatively small freshwater native species in Maryland and are a member of the sunfish family,” said Keith Lockwood, of DNR Fisheries Service. “They are an aggressive, hard fighting fish and are popular with anglers.”

The 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge is a great opportunity to search for another very special fish – Diamond Jim! Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the challenge began Friday, May 29th and runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2009. As of today, Diamond Jim is worth $25,000, and more than 145 imposters are still on the loose, which are worth $500 each if caught. To learn more about the 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge, visit

   August 18, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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