Homer Alaska - Outdoors

Story last updated at 1:45 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Halibut derby enters final month

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer

The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, began May 15 and ends Sept. 15. That leaves another month for anglers to hook a prize-worthy halibut.

This year's biggest-fish prize is $10,000. Currently, Carol Allis of Phoenix, Ariz., is leading that charge with a 300-pound halibut caught July 25 while fishing with Capt. Willie Beachy of Reel Fun Charters aboard the Daze Off.

Today is the third monthly drawing of three names from anglers who released halibut weighing at least 50 pounds, with a $1,000 overall prize, a $250 prize to a senior angler and a $250 prize to a veteran-military angler awarded.

Dan Uniejewski of Franklin, Tenn., caught a "lefty," a halibut with both eyes on the left side of its head, while fishing with Capt. Ben Martin of North Country Halibut Charters aboard the Fringe Benefit.

Seven of 100 tagged halibut have been caught by derby fishermen since the derby began. This is the biggest prize category, including one tag worth $50,000 and one worth a new Ford pickup. The value of the tags will be announced at the end of the derby. The most recent was caught July 17 by Elizabeth Cupp of Homer while fishing on a private boat.

Homer has a two halibut limit per day, per person. Derby tickets are $10 per day of $75 for a 10-day ticket.

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