Story last updated at 11:14 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002

Ticketless angler hooks $10K halibut
Halibut charter skipper Art Morris was checking out the halibut reeled up by one of his clients last week, when he discovered the fish was a long-lost friend. The halibut was trailing a Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby tag that Morris had helped place there last month.

Because the derby tags do not reveal the prizes they represent, Morris consulted some notes he'd taken the day those tagged fish were caught and released. The number on the tag on this familiar-looking flatfish matched that of the $10,000 tag.

Unfortunately, however, the angler will not get a headline for the fish, because that angler had not purchased a $10 derby ticket. Morris was quick to realize this and kept the fish alive and released it. He did report that the fish was not caught in the same location as that it had been released in after tagging.

"And just because it was (in a certain spot) Monday, doesn't mean its still there now," said Linda Winters, who guessed that there might be a frenzy to book a charter with Morris.


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