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Story last updated at 1:29 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tagged halibut keep coming in

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


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It's a small halibut, but the tag it wore could be worth a big prize for angler Brice Vollbrecht of Tenstrike, Minn. Vollbrecht caught the halibut June 22 while fishing with Capt. Nick Spillett of Homer Ocean Charters aboard the Diamond Cape. .

Tagged fish are the big-ticket winners in the 2012 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Anglers hooking into a tag-wearing flatfish have to wait until the derby ends Sept. 15 to find out what the tag is worth, but prizes are worth the wait.

Joining the waiting anglers is Brice Vollbrecht of Tenstrike, Minn. Vollbrecht landed a tagged halibut June 22 while fishing with Capt. Nick Spellitt of Homer Ocean Charters aboard the Diamond Cape.

Vollbrecht's lucky catch might be worth $50,000 or a new Ford pickup. Or it might be one of five tags worth $10,000 each, one of 25 worth $1,000 each; one of 45 worth $500 each; or one of 23 worth $250 each.

Other tagged fish have been caught by:

• Zak Mays of Eagle River, caught May 27 while fishing on a private boat;

• Colin Saltzman of Columa, Mich., caught June 1 while fishing with Capt. Sean Martin of North Country Halibut Charters aboard the Irish;

• Ray Kizer of Palmer, caught June 2, while fishing with Capt. Gary Ault of Inlet Charters aboard the Whistler.

Two tags from prior year derbies also were turned in during the week, winning the anglers $100 in Homer bucks.

The derby prize for the largest fish caught is $10,000. Leading in that category to date is Pam Seward of LaMirada, Calif. Seward reeled in a 219.6-pound halibut June 15 while fishing with Capt. Mike Manns of Manns Charter Service aboard the Arctic Addiction.

Releasing a halibut weighing 50 pounds or more is another way to win in this year's derby. Prizes are awarded monthly, with an overall $1,000 winner and $250 each to a senior angler and a veteran-military fisherman. The first released-fish drawing was held June 16:

• Overall, $1,000: Richard Brooks of Homer, released June 10 while fishing on a private boat;

• Senior winner, $250: Jim Van Wychen of Warrens, Wis., released June 10 while fishing with Bob's Trophy Charters;

• Veteran-military winner, $250: David Droen of St. Paul, Minn., released June 11 while fishing on a private boat.

Two fish have been released for the second month of the derby. Remaining drawings will be July 16, Aug. 16 and Sept. 16.

Homer has a two halibut limit per day, per person. Derby tickets are $10 per day or $75 for 10 days. Tickets must be purchased in advance of going fishing.

For information, call the chamber and visitor center at 235-7740 or visit www.homeralaska.org.

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


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