Homer Alaska - Outdoors

Story last updated at 3:26 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Another tagged halibut caught

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


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Rebecca Lyon of Anchorage is the newest angler to reel in a tagged halibut in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. The value of tagged halibut will be announced after the end of the derby Sept. 15.

It isn't the weight or the length of the halibut that has Rebecca Lyon of Anchorage and four other anglers on the edge of their seats. It's the potential value of the tags on the halibut they've caught that has them excited.

This year's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby has some new twists and turns, thanks to the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, the event organizer. The fisherman reeling in the biggest halibut caught between the derby's start and finish — May 15 and Sept. 15 — will take home $10,000, but it's tagged halibut that offer an opportunity for even bigger prizes. And more prizes, for that matter.

Of the 100 tagged halibut waiting to be caught., there is:

• One GCI-sponsored tag worth $50,000;

• One Stanley Ford-sponsored tag worth a new Ford pickup;

• Five tags worth $10,000 each;

• 25 tags worth $1,000 each;

• 45 tags worth $500 each;

• 23 tags worth $250 each.

Make that 95 tagged halibut, since five, including Lyon's, have already been reeled in:

• Zak Mays of Eagle River, caught May 27 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;

• Brice Vollbrecht of Tenstrike, Minn., caught June 22 while fishing with Capt. Nick Spellitt of Homer Ocean Charters aboard the Diamond Cape; and

• Lyon of Anchorage, caught July 1 while fishing with Capt. Brett Weaver of Homer Ocean Charters aboard the Bay Explorer.

Value of the tagged fish that have been caught remain unknown until after the derby ends.

Releasing a halibut of more than 50 pounds is another way to win in this year's derby. Three names of anglers releasing fish in that category are drawn each month of the derby for an overall prize of $1,000, a senior prize of $250 and a veteran-military prize of $250. Two released fish have been reported to date for June 15-July 15.

Pam Seward of LaMirada, Calif., continues to be in first place with the largest halibut caught. Seward brought in a 219.6-pound flat fish June 15 while fishing with Capt. Mike Manns of Manns Charter Service aboard the Arctic Addiction.

Homer has a two-halibut limit per day, per person. Derby tickets are $10 per day or $75 for 10 days. They can be purchased at the visitor center or at many local businesses. Tickets must be purchased before fishing.

For more about the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, visit www.homeralaska.org.

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