Story last updated at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2002

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby August standings
photo: outdoors
  Photo courtesy of the Homer Chamber of Commerce
Scott Darlow of Houston, Texas, poses with his 290-pound halibut on Sunday. Darlow landed the huge flatfish aboard the Optimist skippered by Daniel Donich. The fish puts the Texan in the lead for the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby's August money. Halibut anglers and others out on the water reported seeing pods of orcas in lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay over the weekend. The fishing for halibut out of Homer continues to be hot.  
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Name Residence Weight Charter Date

1.Scott Darlow Houston, Texas 290 Daniel's Personalized Aug. 25

2.Paul Lemek Rockville, Conn. 278.2 Grizzly Charters Aug. 5

3.Roland Frame Banks, Ore 261.2 Homer Ocean Charters Aug. 15

4.Frank Stevens Eagle River 240.2 Homer Ocean Charters Aug. 15

5.David Opsahl Austin, Minn. 235 Aurora Sportfishing Aug. 1

Texas is the largest among the contiguous 48 states, but can't hold a candle to Alaska in sheer land mass. Likewise, a Texas man, Scott Darlow of Houston, brought in a 290-pound halibut on Sunday, for now the largest fish taken during August. But Darlow's fish isn't even in the same zip code as Alaskan Clayton McDowell's 341-pounder, which still leads all derby fish. Meanwhile, a pair of anglers -- Colleen Fowler of Homer and Brendan Desjardin of Anchorage -- caught tagged fish worth $500. Derby tickets are $10 and can be found at many Homer businesses.