Homer Alaska - Outdoors

Story last updated at 6:12 PM on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Holiday halibut tip scales



By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


 

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Aaron Larson of Anchorage, right, moves into the top derby slot for the month of July with a 252-4-pound halibut caught July 4 while fishing with Capt. Rob Hyslip, left, of Big Bear Halibut Charters aboard the Bear Force 1.


 

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Dinah Dowell, left, of Prospect Hights, Ill., currently holds third place for the month of July, as well as the lead lady angler spot with a 195.4-pound halibut caught July 4 while fishing with Capt. Scott Glosser, right, of Captain Scott's Sportfishing aboard the Mako.

Dropping a hook on a holiday has proven good strategy for front-runners in the 2011 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Chad Aldridge of Sterling is in the overall top derby spot with a 350.8-pound halibut he caught on Father's Day. The Fourth of July was another good day to fish, as evidenced by July's top three derby entrants.

Fishing by holiday? Who knew? If that's the case, here's a list of holidays for the upcoming week, thanks to www.holidayinsights.com:

• July 14: Pandemonium Day, a day of sheer bedlam and utter chaos;

• July 15: Tapioca Pudding Day, celebrating an enjoyable treat for a hot summer day;

• July 16: Cow Appreciation Day, something to "moo" about;

• July 17: National Ice Cream Day, proclaimed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan;

• July 18: National Caviar Day, a fishy holiday to be sure;

• July 19: National Raspberry Cake Day, not to be confused with National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, Aug. 1;

• July 20: Moon Day, commemorating the day man first walked on the moon. It was Commander Neil Armstrong that stepped off the lunar module in 1969 and took the "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

In Homer, where there is a two halibut per day, per person limit, every day of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby — May 1 through Sept. 30 — is a day to fish. Only tickets holders qualify for prizes. The tickets are $10 per day and available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses.

Following are the leaders for the month of July:

• First place, $1000: 252.4-pound halibut caught July 4 by Aaron Larson of Anchorage while fishing with Capt. Rob Hyslip of Big Bear Halibut Charters aboard the Bear Force I;

• Second place, $750: 213.8-pound halibut caught July 4 by Morten Lillelund of Lexington, Ken., while fishing with Capt. Tom Bunnell of Halibut Hunter Charters aboard the Halibut Hunter;

• Third place, $500: 195.4-pound halibut caught July 4 by Dinah Dowell of Prospect Heights, Ill., while fishing with Capt. Scott Glosser of Captain Scott's Sportfishing aboard the Mako;

• Fourth place, $$250: 174.6-pound halibut caught July 1 by Jamie Coker Jr. of Anchorage while fishing with Capt. Jamie Coker aboard Coker's privately owned boat, the Polar Bear.

• Lady Angler: Dowell.

• Released fish for July: 11.

• Tagged fish: None yet for the month.

• Leftys: None yet for the month.

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

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