Jackpot Halibut Derby
Press Release - For Immediate Release
After 34 years, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Board of Directors has decided to retire the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby at the close of this year's Derby on September 15, 2019.
The Inaugural Homer Jackpot Derby began on Memorial Day, May 26, 1986. The winner that year was a local fisherman, Tony DeMichelle who won $5,000 for his 312-pound fish. While the Chamber has always celebrated the largest fish weighed, the tournament was diversified by awarding prizes for both tagged fish and released fish.
The Chamber is grateful to all the sponsors and volunteers who have supported and made the Derby successful for so many years. Don't despair, Homer is is still the "Halibut Capital of the World" and the Chamber plans to premiere a two-day Halibut Tournament in June 2020.
The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is the longest running halibut derby in the state of Alaska, with CASH prizes up for grabs. The derby runs May 15th to September 15th 2019, concluding with the Halibut Derby Gala on September 20th, where the major tagged fish winners, Just for the Halibut, and kids prizes are announced.
The Jackpot Halibut Derby offers great prizes in a variety of categories:
Tickets are sold all over town, so don't go fishing without one!
Thank you to our Tagged Fish Sponsors