2017 Jackpot Halibut Derby Winner
The 2017 Jackpot winner is Sam Mills of St. Maries, Idaho, whose halibut weighed in at 240.0 pounds. Sam and his wife Katrina returned to Homer for the awards ceremony to accept Sam’s check for $15,241. Sam was fishing on the peninsula in July while Katrina was at home for their anniversary, she came accompanied Sam as a belated anniversary gift.
Sam’s charter captain, Captain Chris Andrews of the Nautilus II of Alaska Coastal Marine, was responsible for helping Sam catch the BIG ONE. He was awarded $1524.10 for doing so. Rosanna Hunting from Central Charters was awarded $1000 for selling the winning derby ticket.
There were 10,482 tickets sold which included 173 youth tickets. In early spring, sponsors and volunteer captains tagged and released over 75 halibut in preparation for the 2017 season. Tagged fish were valued at $250, $500 and $1,000. Anglers who caught a prior year tag received $100. There were three 2017 tagged fish caught paying out a total of $2,500; one 2016 tag and two 2015 tags caught.
Unfortunately, no anglers caught the $10,000 Homer Chamber of Commerce or $50,000 GCI tagged fish this year. Five youth winners were drawn at the “After Season Party” Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Each youth was awarded $210 and a subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine. All youth contestants were entered into the drawing just for having purchased a derby ticket.
The Chamber offers an end of the season “Released Fish” prize drawing valued at $1,000 to encourage anglers to release fish over 48 inches. Our “Catch & Release” winner was Richard Ragan from Anchorage.
Central Charters and Sportsman Supply each won $250 for selling the most derby tickets.
Thank you to Kim Royce our Jackpot Halibut Derby Coordinator, Chris Christy our Derby Shack Curator, all volunteers, tagged fish sponsors, derby ticket vendors, voicemail captains, participants, plus all tagging cruise captains, charters, and deckhands. A huge shout out to GCI for being our 2017 Jackpot Halibut Derby main sponsor.
Past Derby Leaders & Tagged Fish Winners
August 14th, 2017: Charles Wild brought in a 2016 International Pacific Halibut Commission& Homer Chamber of Commerce tagged fish worth $100. Fishing with *North Country Charters, *Capt. Ben Martin on the *Fringe Benefit.
July 27th, 2017: Sam Mills of St Maries, ID fishing with Alaska Coastal Marine and Captain Chris Andrews on the Nautilus 2 caught this 240lb Halibut! Ticket sold by Central Charters.
June 16th, 2017: Dominique Brooks of Maryville, Tennessee fishing with Alaska Coastal Marine and Capt. Chris Andrews on the Nautilus 2 caught this 229.0 lb halibut. Ticket sold by Central Charters.
First Lefty Halibut of the Season!
July 11, 2017: $100 Lefty Halibut caught by Jasen VanMieuwenhover from WI. Fish sponsored by Timber Bay B&B. Caught with Homer Ocean Charters who also sold the Derby ticket.
2017 Tagged Fish
July 1, 2017: $1000 tagged fish caught by Giorgio Trembly from San Carlos, CA. Fish sponsored by Eagle Enterprises. Fishing with Alaska Coastal Marine, Captain Grant Peel. Ticket sold by Alaska Coastal Marine.
June 22, 2017: $1000 tagged fish caught by Dan Brubaker from Littleton, CO. Fish sponsored by Rick Rosenbloom & Patrice Krant. Caught with Homer Ocean Charters who also sold the Derby ticket.
June 12, 2017: $500 tagged fish caught by Nathaniel Flynn from Rapid City, SD. Fish sponsored by The Sport Shed. Fish caught on Bob's Trophy Charters.
Previous 2017 Leaders
June 12, 2017: Garrett Neugebauer from Bend, OR with a 200.2lbs halibut. Fishing with Capt. Max Shifler on F/V Big Easy, with Inlet Charters Across Alaska Adventures. Ticket sold by Inlet Charters Across Alaska Adventures.
June 10, 2017: Ryan March with a 107.04lb 66" halibut. From ANC fishing with Jimmie Jack's Alaska Fishing Lodges on the F/V Black Jack. Ticket sold by Sportsman's Supply & Rental
May 26th 2017: Darren Benedetti - Fairbanks, AK is in the lead with a 104.4lb Halibut. Fishing with Travis Blout from Homer Ocean Charters on the F/V Diamond Cape. Derby ticket sold by Homer Ocean Charters
May 15th 2017: Eric Senger from Casa Grande, AZ with a 93.2 lb halibut. Fishing with Captain Scott's Sport Fishing on the Mako. Derby ticket sold by The Sport Shed.