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Story last updated at 2:53 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More tagged fish waiting to be caught

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


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Ron Anderson of Winlock, Wash., is the most recent angler to bring in a tagged halibut in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Anderson caught the fish July 13 while fishing on a private boat

Looking for the really big prize in this year's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby? Then hook a halibut with a tag on it. Ron Anderson of Winlock, Wash., is the most recent angler to turn in a tag-wearing halibut. Anderson caught it July 13 while fishing on a private boat.

The value of the tag on Anderson's halibut will be announced after the derby ends Sept. 15, but it is one of 100 prizes including:

• One tag worth $50,000;

• One tag worth a new Ford truck;

• Five tags worth $10,000 each;

• 25 tags worth $1,000 each;

• 45 tags worth $500 each;

• 23 tags worth $250 each.

In addition to Anderson's, tagged halibut also have been caught by:

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

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

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

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

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

More than 25 tagged fish have been caught by fishermen who didn't take the time to purchase a derby ticket before dropping their hooks in the water. No ticket means no prize.

"Don't forget to buy your derby ticket before you go fishing," said Paula Frisinger, derby coordinator of the event sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Releasing fish weighing 50 pounds or more is another way to win in this year's derby. Three names are drawn each month from this category of fishermen, with $1,000 awarded for an overall prize, and $250 each awarded to a senior angler and to military, either active duty or veteran. An end-of-season prize of $5,000 also will be awarded. With the derby having begun May 15, prizes have already been awarded for the first month. Released fish winners for the derby's second month are:

n Overall, $1,000: Brian Kothers of Burton, Ohio, caught and released July 12 while fishing with Bob's Trophy Charters;

n Senior winner, $250: Tom Youngblood of Homer, caught and released June 23 while fishing with Captain Pete's Alaskan Experience;

n Veteran-military winner, $250: Dale Mercer of Port Clinton, Ohio, caught and released July 11 while fishing with Bob's Trophy Charters.

Eleven halibut weighing 50 pounds or more have been released since the derby began. The most recent — and largest — in this category was a halibut estimated to push the scales above 300 pounds that was caught and released by Brycen Lunger of Punxstawney, Penn., on July 10 while fishing with Capt. Greg Sutter of Capt. Greg's Charters aboard the Tomahawk II.

The angler bringing in the biggest halibut during the derby will take home a check for $10,000. That race is currently led by Pam Seward of LaMirada, Calif. Seward reeled in a 219.6-pound lunker June 15, while fishing with Capt. Mike Manns of Manns Charter Service aboard the Arctic Addiction.

Homer has a two halibut per person, per day limit. Derby tickets are $10 each or $75 for a 10-day ticket. Tickets are available at the chamber and many local businesses.

For more about the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, call 235-7740 or visit www.homerhalibutderby.com.

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