Derby runs from May 15th through September 15th, ending at 7pm each night.
All fish must be taken on sport tackle only.
Tickets must be purchased from an official ticket vendor. Derby tickets are $10 per person, per day of fishing.
All participating anglers must have purchased an official derby ticket prior to leaving the harbor. Fish must be caught on the date indicated on the Derby Ticket.
Anglers fishing overnight must possess a ticket for each day of fishing.
Anglers must comply with Federal and Alaska Fish and Game Regulations.
In the event a ticket holder is unable to fish due to inclement weather, tickets may be refunded or exchanged for another ticket to be used at a later date. Tickets must be exchanged on the same day of the cancelled trip and must be signed by the captain or the charter company official declaring the cancelled trip. Anglers MUST refund or exchange tickets at the location where they were originally purchased.
Participating anglers must fish from a vessel that departs from and returns to the Homer Harbor on the same voyage.
The following individuals are not eligible for derby participation: 2019 employees or owners of a charter company and all employees of the Homer Chamber of Commerce (HCOC) & Visitor Center.
All entries and awarding of prizes are subject to review and final determination by the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Coordinator, the Executive Director and/or Board of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Participants may be subject to a polygraph test. Violation of any rule will disqualify contestant.
The HCOC & Visitor Center reserves the right to: photograph all derby entrants, reproduce any photographs for publicity purposes, and retain all photo rights.
Prize winners are responsible for all taxes & fees associated with prize winnings. Prizes may be subject to withholdings based on IRS requirements and W2-G and W-9 forms are required by all winners. All winners are subject to Child Support Service Verification.
Prize claims for all entrants: If after more than 45 days following the raffle drawing (September 19, 2019), a raffle prize is not claimed, the HCOC or JHD Committee shall conduct a drawing from the non-winning tickets to determine a new prize winner.
ALL fish entries with a derby ticket must be brought into the Derby Shack and weighed before 7pm on the day caught unless on a documented overnight charter guided trip, then fish must be brought in on the day the angler returns to the Homer Harbor. Participating anglers must be accompanied by a witness (prefer Captain or deckhand) to testify that the fish was caught in accordance with official derby rules. Anglers entering and weighing fish at Derby Headquarters must complete all official forms. Weighing must be done according to standard derby procedure and certified by a weigh-in official.
All tagged fish must be completely intact and the tag untampered. All cash tagged fish prizes will be mailed to the winners. All cash prize current-year tagged fish caught are also eligible for the $25,000 HCOC, and $10,000 Homer Fish Processing sponsored tagged fish.
Merchandise prize tagged fish are eligible for the angler’s choice of prizes from local businesses. Tagged fish must be intact and the tag untampered. Must be redeemed at the Derby Shack before 7 pm on the day caught.
Big tagged fish prizes, if caught, will be determined and announced no later than September 19, 2019. Tagged fish caught (valued at $250, $500, and $1000), will be announced weekly and will be paid no later than September 30, 2019.
Entrants for the Released Fish prize drawing must complete official registration forms and present a photograph of the fish and a valid derby ticket at Derby Headquarters on the day the angler returns to the Homer Harbor. The angler’s Derby Ticket must be signed by the captain, deckhand or witness, verifying that a live fish measuring 48 inches or more was caught and released on the day the ticket was punched for. Released fish prizes are limited to one entry per person per day of fishing.
Angler Photo Raffle Monthly Prizes: Anglers with a valid Derby ticket can submit a photo of themselves with their catch at (official or unofficial) weigh-in to receive one entry into the monthly Angler Photo Raffle.
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