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 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    September 2, 2015 

Clock is winding down on Valdez fish derbies

When Brad Burch got to Port Valdez last week, there was a Bobcat waiting to haul his catch off the boat. His halibut measured was an impressive 87.5 inches and weighed in at 296.2. Burch is the new leader in the halibut derby as of Tuesday morning an...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 26, 2015

Countdown is on in final days of the fish derbies

With less than two weeks left in the halibut and silver salmon derbies, the current leaders with the largest fish of the season have their fingers crossed. Fred Hyder reeled in his 253.8 pound halibut on July 10 and it has been on top of the leader...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 19, 2015

Fish derbies strong as clock ticks on this season

The leader board hasn't changed much this past week in either the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby or the Valdez Halibut Derby, but lots of halibut and silver salmon are coming into Port Valdez. The silvers seem to be running a bit small this year, but...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 12, 2015

Cohos big this year as season nears end

Friends don't let friends fish without a derby ticket. This is a familiar slogan of the Valdez Fish Derbies - but it wasn't a derby ticket that kept Kris Meyer away from the big prizes in the 2015...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 5, 2015

Women's silver salmon derby is this weekend

Anglers are catching their limit of silver salmon in Port Valdez in just a few hours - a welcome sight for those who suffered through a poor silver salmon run last year. "Fishing for silvers has been great", exclaimed Barb Amundsen of the charter...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 22, 2015

Silver salmon derby opens while pinks take a bow

Salmon took center stage in Valdez last weekend. The silver salmon derby opened for competition and youngsters from far and wide lined the shores Saturday for the eighth annual pink salmon derby for...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 15, 2015

Halibut weighing 253.8 pounds takes the lead

The biggest halibut of the 2015 Valdez Halibut Derby season was caught on a jig Friday. Fred Hyder of Willow was fishing on the "Jaime Lynn" with a group of friends from Tennessee and Kentucky when...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 8, 2015

Ling cod a bonus during Halibut Derby season

The first of July was a wonderful day of fishing for Marlin Gogowich of Stoney Plain, Canada. Gogowich reeled in a trophy-size ling cod weighing 57.4 pounds on the opening day for ling cod in Prince...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 1, 2015

Halibut derby winners are nabbing large fish

Scott Widdison of Meridian, Idaho reeled in a 194.2 pound halibut June 22 aboard the "Jaime Lynn" to take the lead in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Jeffrey Gropp of Berlin, Wisconsin is currently in second-place overall with the 170.2 pound flat fish he...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 24, 2015

Best halibut season ever some insiders say

Halibut fishing in Valdez is hot. "This is the best halibut season I have ever seen," Freida Wiley said after returning from an overnight fishing trip in Prince William Sound. Wiley is no stranger to halibut fishing as her husband is the Captain of...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 17, 2015

Halibut Hullabaloo tournament is in full swing

Jason Rood of North Pole is currently leading the Halibut Hullabaloo with a 123. 4 pound fish he caught June 13 from aboard the "Jaime Lynn." However, Rood might not have been in the lead if Paul...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 10, 2015

Halibut Hullabaloo starts this Friday during derby

Flat fish anglers will have a chance to reel in some extra cash in the coming days when the Halibut Hullabaloo begins. The special tournament, which runs June 12-21, pays out a prize of $1,000 to the angler catching the largest halibut in that time...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 3, 2015

No joshing: halibut derby off to a big start

Warm weather and an early spring have given Valdez charters and boat owners an opportunity to get their boats into the water and get fishing a bit early. Harbormaster Jeremy Talbott said he has seen...

 
 By Valdez fish Derbies    Main News    September 3, 2014

Smallest halibut in derby history wins $15,000 prize

History was made in this year's Valdez Fish Derbies. Amanda Towne of Valdez owns the distinction of being the only Women's Silver Salmon Derby winner to also win the $15,000 cash prize in the silver...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 27, 2014

Final day of fish derbies is this Sunday

With less than a week left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, it would seem that there's a good chance of the leaders being knocked off the board in the halibut and silver salmon...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 20, 2014

Timing is everything when it comes to fishing

Anglers are having to fish a bit harder for silvers than normal, but some big fish have been brought into Port Valdez. And we found out this week that timing can be the key to winning in the Valdez Derby. Randy Main of Anchorage reeled in a 17.08...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 13, 2014

Women's derby crowns Valdez woman Queen

Valdez angler Barb Lyons, aboard the "Lyons Den," had been out fishing Friday to scout for silvers for Saturday's Women's Derby. The fish were large and plentiful early in the day, but the catch...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 6, 2014

Women say Fish On!

Put down your purse and pick up your pixies, it’s time for the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby! The theme of this year’s Women’s Derby is “Fairy Tales” and there will be a costume contest Friday. Early registration or pre-registration is at...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 30, 2014

New Zealander tops Silver Salmon Derby in Valdez

The silver salmon are returning to Valdez slowly but surely. The first week of the silver derby was slow at first, with very few fish weighed in. That all changed on Big Prize Friday. The fishing picked up and some nice size fish were brought to the...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 23, 2014

Silver salmon season is officially here

While the kids were slaying the pink salmon Saturday, halibut fishing in Valdez hit a high point with two anglers breaking into the overall standings. Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, Penn. caught a 171.4 pound halibut Thursday from aboard the Dawn Treader...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 23, 2014

Kids and pinks like peas in a pod

Organizers say there is nothing better than the happy shout of a child with a fish on their line and Saturday there was plenty of hooting and hollering both from shore and from boats in Port Valdez....

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 9, 2014

North Pole anglers topped derby last week

Two North Pole anglers hit the leader board during the week of the 4th of July, winning first and second place for the week's standings in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Steve Huisman of North Pole, reeled in a 158.2 pound halibut aboard the Otter Dodger...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 25, 2014

Two hundred pound halibut raises the bar

The first halibut exceeding two-hundred pounds in the 2014 derby season was weighed in last week. Scott Hebig of Wasilla won bragging rights – and some extra dough – after bringing in a 203.6 pound flatfish a week ago Monday. In addition to...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 4, 2014

Halibut catch packing on the pounds

The leader board for the Valdez Halibut Derby keeps inching up. Monday, Matthew West of Morris Plains, New Jersey inched out last week's derby winner when he weighed in a 152.8 flatfish. Nicholas...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    September 4, 2013

Thousands awarded at derby season end

After an exciting week in the Valdez Silver Derby, it was Michael Freerksen of Valdez who took home top honors and the $15,000 first place prize last Sunday with the 16.92 pound silver he caught...

 

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