An Oregon angler has taken the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby’s big-fish category with a 277.8-pound barndoor caught Monday. Ned Friedman of Chiloquin, Ore, was fishing with Capt. Greg Northover of Alaska Arctic Sun Fishing & Hunting Expeditions aboard the Quintessence.
“It was only a matter of time before a fish was caught that weighed more than 250 pounds, and it was Freidman’s day,” said Jim Lavrakas, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, organizer of the event.
As last year’s third-place winner in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, Jim Morgan wasn’t in the running for cash prizes. This year the Anchorage angler has improved his record, thanks to a tagged halibut Morgan hooked July 3.
“The fish was worth $1,000, sponsored by the Fish Connection,” said Meldonna Cody, event coordinator for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.
Morgan was fishing on his own vessel, the Sea Bea.
In the world of halibut fishing, last week’s fishing activity has underscored an important reminder to anyone wanting to fish in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby: Before you go fishing, buy your $10 ticket.
In other words, no ticket, no prize.
Michigan angler Molly Malthby continued to hold onto her lead in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, with the 196.8-pound flat fish she caught June 6 while fishing with Capt. Ben Martin aboard the Fringe Benefit for North Country Charters.
Michael Martini of Sunman, Ind., also managed to maintain his second-place position with a 141.80-pound halibut caught June 5. Martini also was fishing with Martin.
Minnesota angler Molly Malthby held on to her lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby’s big-fish category, but the week saw other action in the four-month event, as well as one sobering reminder.
“An angler staying at Homer Spit Campground had a halibut topping 239 pounds, but did not have a Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby ticket,” said Meldonna Cody, event coordinator for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, derby sponsor.
The action is definitely picking up in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby since it began May 15. Currently leading the “big fish” category is Molly Malthby of Cheboygan, Mich., with a 196.80-pound halibut caught June 6.
Malthby hooked into the monster while fishing with Capt. Ben Martin aboard the Fringe Benefit for North Country Charters.
With Malthby leading the pack, current standings as of June 10 include:
A new Stanley Ford pickup or cash? It was a tough choice for Monique Peters, a Mat-Su angler who caught a 14-pound halibut July 4 that was wearing a Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby tag.
In the end, Peters chose the cash, totaling $22,500.
For Gene Jones, an angler from Bellevue, Iowa, it seems a long time — and a long wait — since he reeled in a 236.2-pound halibut July 25 while fishing with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters. The wait ended at 9 p.m. Sunday, when the 27th Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby came to an end and Jones was crowned the winner.
“Who’d have thought that after all that, I’d win?” said Jones in a Monday morning phone interview with the Homer News.
By 9 p.m. Sunday, the mysteries of 2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby will be resolved.
“We are almost there for our derby season,” said Paula Frisinger, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s derby coordinator. “(It’s the) last week of anticipation of those tagged fish winners and for the current derby leader. Anything can still happen.”
Gene Jones continues to be the frontrunner in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby’s big fish competition that offers a $10,000 prize. Jones hooked his 236.2-pound halibut July 25 while fishing with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters aboard the Grand Aleutian.
There’s little more than two weeks left until the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby comes to a close Sept. 15. That means two more weeks for anglers eager to get in on the prizes.
The big fish remains the 236.2-pound halibut brought in by Gene Jones of Belleview, Iowa. Jones caught the fish July 25 while fishing aboard the Grand Aleutian with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters.
This week’s action has focused on the derby’s tagged fish category.
With less than a month until the 2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby comes to an end, Marian Oritz of Cottonwood, Ariz., has turned in one of the halibut caught, tagged and released earlier this year.
Oritz landed the halibut Aug. 14 while fishing with Bob’s Trophy Charters.
That makes a total of 27 of the 114 flatfish sporting tags worth prizes that include:
• A GCI-sponsored tag worth $50,000;
• A Stanley Ford of Kenai-sponsored tag worth a new Ford F-150;
• Four tags worth $10,000;
It was a quiet week in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, according to derby coordinator Paula Frisinger.
“A few prior (year) tags came in and a few weigh-ins that didn’t make the board,” said Frisinger of fish making it onto the Spit weigh-in board.
That’s good news for Gene Jones of Belleview, who holds the lead in the big-fish competition with a 236.2-pound halibut he caught July 25 while fishing with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters aboard the Grand Aleutian.
The 2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby began May 15 and ends until Sept. 15. That means anglers still have plenty of time to land a prize-worthy fish.
Gene Jones of Bellevue, Iowa, has maintained his lead in the big-fish category with a 236.2-pound flatfish he caught July 25 while fishing with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters aboard the Grand Aleutian.
The angler with the biggest catch at the end of the derby takes home the $10,000 jackpot.
An Iowa angler has taken over the lead in this year’s Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby. On July 25, Gene Jones of Bellevue, Iowa, reeled in a 236.2-pound monster flatfish while fishing with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters aboard the Grand Aleutian.
In Homer for the first time, Jones, his brother, Keith Jones, and sister-in-law, Darla Jones, reserved two days with Bayes just in case weather kept them off the water one day. On their first day out, they landed their limit of halibut, three lingcod and their limit of rockfish.
James Jell of Moscow, Idaho, continues to have the biggest flat fish caught to date in the 2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, but the tagged halibut are coming fast and furious. Michele Monsanto of Hilton Head, S.C., is the most recent angler to bring a tagged halibut to the derby’s weigh-in station on the Spit, making it the 23rd halibut caught of the 114 tagged and released earlier this year by members of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and local charter captains.
The halibut caught by Randy Haines might look little, especially next to the monster 198.2-pound halibut caught by Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby’s current leader James Jell, but it’s the tag on Haines’ fish that could make the Arizona angler a winner. A very big winner.
It’s a change in leaders — yet again — in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, with James Jell of Moscow, Idaho, bringing in a 198.2-pound halibut. Jell hooked the monster fish on July 7 while fishing with Capt. Chad Kiesel of Silver Fox Charters aboard the Arctic Envy.
“(It’s) another exciting week here at the derby headquarters,” said Paula Frisinger, coordinator of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center event that began May 15 and ends Sept. 15.
Colorado angler Christopher Johnson managed to keep his lead with the biggest fish caught in this year’s Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, but more tagged halibut were brought to the derby weigh-in station on the Spit. It’s the tagged halibut that offer more opportunities to win in this year’s May 15-Sept. 15 event.
If things were ho-hum in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby last week, it’s a whole new song and dance this week.
“It was action like you would not believe,” said Paula Frisinger, coordinator of the May 15-Sept. 16 event sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.
On June 20, Gary Koos of Starbuck, Minn., brought in a 182.5-pound halibut while fishing with Capt. Rob Hyslip of Big Bear Halibut Charters aboard the Bear Force I. That put Koos in the lead, but only for a day.