Homer Alaska - Outdoors

Story last updated at 1:29 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

There's fish on derby board



By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


 

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Evan Bryers, a teenager from Granite Bay, Calif., currently leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 107.4-pound flat fish caught May 27. Bryers was fishing with Capt. Scott Glosser of Captain Scott's Sportfishing aboad the Mako.

It's official. Fish are being reported in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

"We finally have a great start to the halibut derby," said Paula Frisinger, manager of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center event.

Evan Bryers, a teenager from Granite Bay, Calif., currently leads the big-fish category with a 107.4-pound halibut caught May 27 while fishing with Capt. Scott Glosser of Captain Scott's Sportfishing aboard the Mako.

But there's more, "starting off with a couple of released fish and then, can you believe it, a tagged fish caught and no derby ticket," said Frisinger. "Was it the GCI $50,000 tagged fish or the Ford F-150 truck?"

Since the anglers had no derby tickets, they — and everyone else — will never know.

"It goes to show you, don't fish without your Jackpot Halibut Derby ticket, don't miss out on your opportunity to win big," said Frisinger.

The first official tagged fish of the season was caught by 14-year-old Zak Mays of Eagle River. Mays caught the fish May 27 while fishing on a private boat. The value of tagged fish won't be revealed until after the end of the derby Sept. 15. Until then, Mays will be wondering if he reeled in the GCI $50,000 tag or the Ford F-150 truck. Or is his tag worth $10,000 or $1,000 or $500 or $250?


 

Photo by McKibben Jackinsky

Zak Mays, 14, of Eagle River landed a tagged halibut while fishing in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby on May 27. Mays was fishing on a private boat.

"We won't know that until Sept. 16," said Frisinger. "Zak must wait to find out his fortune."

Homer has a two-halibut limit per day, per person. Derby tickets are $10 per day or $75 for a 10-day ticket.

"For an exciting start, I hope to see everyone fishing with their derby tickets and seeing those released fish coming in," said Frisinger.

For more information on the derby and derby rules, visit www.homerhalibutderby.com.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.

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