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Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
Starts: May 15, 2016 6:00AM
Ends: Sept 15, 2016 7:00PM
The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is the longest running halibut competition with the largest total payout in Alaska.
Our ’’Release to Increase’’ catch & release program, conceived and sponsored by Coal Point Seafoods, is an effort to educate anglers about conservation of the halibut fishery. Release a halibut 48-inches or longer and be in a drawing from a monthly pool of entries to win $500, and end of season drawing for $1000!
2016 DERBY WINNER IS AUSTIN NELSON WITH A 252.2 LB HALIBUT
The 2016 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby winner is Austin Nelson of North Pole, AK who caught a 252.2 lb halibut on August 17 while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters with Captain Travis Blount on the Diamond Cape. Austin's caught earned him $15,419.50 and earned Captain Travis Blount $1,541.90.
Austin made sure to make it back to Homer for the awards ceremony. He and a friend rode their motorcycles, in inclement weather, to receive his prize money. He claimed his prize and then they hopped back on to their motorcycles and started back north. Austin credited his captain, Travis Blount on the Diamon Cape from Homer Ocean Charters, for helping him catch this big fish.
Altogether, 10,839 tickets were sold, which included 325 youth tickets. There were a total of 27 tagged fish caught throughout the season with a payout of $6,750 on 22 of those tagged fish. Of the five other tagged fish, three anglers did not have Derby tickets, one fileted the fish prior to bringing the fish in and one did not realize it was a tagged fish until the angler got home to Anchorage.
We also had five tickets drawn form the 325 youth entries and each of those names drawn were awarded $185.
Anglers who caught tagged fish also had the opportunity to win either $50,000 from GCI or $35,000 credit towards a vehicle from either Stanley Chrysler or Stanley Ford. We did not have a winner for the $50,000, but when we opened the envelope for the vehicle, we did have a winner - Richard Greer of Apple Valley MN. Due to the distance and ability to return to Alaska at this time, RIchard chose $20,000 cash instead.
Tyler Dullum Reno, NV caught the Lefty while fishing with Captain B's Alaskan C's Adventures with Captain Bryan Bondioli on the Ashtikan. This rare fish earned Tyler $100.
1st Place - Austin Nelson of North Pole AK - August 17 caught a 252.2 lb halibut while fishing Homer Ocean Charters on the Diamond Cape with Captain Travis Blount
2nd Place - Daniel Spies of Soldotna AK - August 11 caught a 251 lb halibut while fishing on his own boat the "On the Job"
3rd Place - Greg Betts of Boise ID - August 3 caught a 244 lb halibut fishing with Bob's Trophy Charters on the Kachemak King with Captain Mike Crawford.
May - No Tagged Fish
June - 7 Tagged Fish Caught
Garrett Tyson of Orlando FL - June 9 fishing with Inlet Charters with Captain Phil on the SeaWolf Garrett's fish was tagged in 2015 and won him $100
Tomm VanderHorst of Arvada CO - June 10 fishing with Nauti Cs with Captain Kristin Churchill on the Nauti Cs. Tomm's fish was sponsored by Alaska Ultimate Safaris and won him $250
Christopher Cells of Johnstown OH - June 11 with Captain Scott's Sportfishing with Captain Scott Glosser on the Mako. Christopher's fish was sponsored by Best Western Bidarka Inn and won him $250.
Mike Shirley of Maple Valley WA - June 11 on a private vessel (A Salt Weapon) with Captain John Mayfield Mike's fish was tagged in 2014 and won him $100.
Karla Fischer of Garrison ND - June 14 with North Country Charters with Captain Richard on the Obsession. Karla's fish was sponsored by Alaska Luxury Adventures and won her $250.
Gillian Glidewell of Anchorage AK - June 16 with Alaska Saltwater Adventures with Captain Max Shifter on the Big Easy. Jillian's fish was sponsored by Adventure Alaska Car Rental and won her $500.
Christian Hakiza of Canyon TX - June 17 with Alaska Coastal Marine ith Capt. John Adams on the Foxfire. Christian's fish was sponsored by Crane's Rest B&B and won him $250.
July - 6 Tagged Fish Caught
Patricia Perkins of Anchorage AK - July 2 fishing on a private boat the Bell Rose. Patricia's fish was tagged in 2014 and won her $100.
Katie Kline of Hummelstown PA - July 8 fishing on a private boat, the Catie-Jen, with Captain Eric Wilcox. Katie's fish was tagged in 2015 and won her $100.
Spencer Hill of Aurora CO - July 8 fishing with Central Charters with Captain Johnny Adams on the Foxfire. Spencer's fish was tagged in 2015 and won him $100
Lita Lubitsh-White of Anchorage AK - July 19 fishing on a private boat. Lita's fish was sponsored by Nauti Cs and won her $250.
Keri Phillips of Newcastle WY- July 24 fishing with Homer Ocean Charters with Captain Billy Hayden on the Bay Explorer. Keri's fish was tagged in 2013 and won her $100.
Robert Wellman of Clay City IN - July 29 fishing on a private boat. Robert's fish was sponsored by Dragonfly Nails by Dee and won him $500
August - 8 Tagged Fish Caught
Rebecca Cramer of Denver CO - August 1 fishing with Bob's Trophy Charters with Captain Tom on the Nautilus. Rebecca's fish was sponsored by Aloha B&B/Homer Fish Processing and won her $1,000
Austin Hunter of Bean Station TN - August 2 caught a tagged fish sponsored by Homer Cabins & Halilbut Charters that won him $500.
Margie Dupuis of Hermosa Beach CA - August 7 caught a tagged fish while fishing with North Country Charters with Capt. Joe Svymbersky on the Pacific Sun. Margie's fish was sponsored by AJ's Old Town Steakhouse and won her $250.
Jay Justice - August 7 caught a tagged fish while tishing with Midnight Sun Charters with Capt. Brian Nollar on the Belle Ile. Jay's fish was sponsored by Best Western Bikarka Inn and won him $1,000.
Leslie Barilani of Gig Harbor WA - August 11 caught a tagged while fishing with Alaska Saltwater Adventures with Capt Max Shifler on the Big Easy. Leslie's fish was sponsored by Sea Lion Fine Arts Gallery and won him $250.
Richard Greer of Apple Valley MN - August 12 caught a tagged fish while fishing with Alaska Saltwater Adventures with Capt. Max Shiflet on the Big Easy. Richard's fish sponsored by The Spyglass Inn and won him $500. His tag was also designated as the winner of the Stanley Chrysler/Ford vehicle.
Holton Fowler of Wasilla AK - fishing with Rainbow Charters with Captain Dave Debrosse on the Sizzler caught a 2015 tagged fish that won him $100.
John Codiga of Newberg OR - fishing with Bob's Trophy Charters with Captain Art on the Jackpot caught a 2012 tagged fish that won him $100.
Released Fish - Number Released to Date - 6
The winner of the released fish drawing was Michael Brooks of Tipton MI. MIchael's decision to release a halibut that measured 48 inches or more won him $1,000.