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 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

$15,000 each goes to winners of the silver and halibut derbies

The top three fish in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby were caught from shore. Jacob Marquardt of Valdez reeled in his first-place 17.52 pound silver on Thursday from the boat harbor. John Neitzeke of G...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Derbies end at noon this Sunday for both silvers and halibut

Silver salmon fishing is picking up but no one has been able to top - so far - the 16.96 pound silver salmon Tommy Jobe of Washington, Oklahoma caught August 17. Jobe was trolling four miles out of...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Main News    August 24, 2016

Silvers weighed-in are getting bigger as countdown begins

Anglers are scrambling to catch the big one - and the $15,000 cash prize - before the fish derby season ends. With less than two weeks left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, the...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Exchange student from Japan wins women's silver derby

Nana Matsui, a Japanese exchange student attending Prince William Sound College, was surprised and excited to be crowned Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood Saturday night. Matsui, age 20, reeled...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Silvers in port just in time for Women's Derby Saturday

Anthony Cunningham of Valdez caught a 14.28 pound derby-winning silver salmon from shore Saturday, taking home a first-place daily prize and as of Tuesday morning was in first-place overall in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby. Stephanie Wenner of...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Fairbanks boy sets record in Kids Pink Salmon Derby

The Valdez Silver Salmon derby began Saturday and the largest fish weighed in as of Monday was a 9.76 pound silver caught by Mike Seminario of Fairbanks. Seminario made the catch from aboard the...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Silver salmon derby begins this weekend amid strong halibut fishing

Get out your pixies - the Silver Salmon Derby opens this Saturday. For the younger set, the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby is this Saturday - a one-day only event the gives youngsters a chance to wet...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

New second-place derby halibut weighs in at 211 pounds

Another 200 pound plus halibut made its way to Port Valdez. Kim Steiger of Westchester, Pennsylvania pulled in a 211 pound halibut July 5 from aboard the "Halibut Grove." "It wasn't that hard to pull in," Steiger said. "I think it was tired. When we...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Cook-off kicks off salmon season as anglers wait for pinks

A Pink Salmon Festival - complete with games, cooking competition and community barbeque - kicked off the Fourth of July weekend in Valdez last Saturday. Construction crews have been working in downtown Valdez, but work was halted for the Pink Salmon...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Louisiana man wins a thousand bucks in Halibut Hullabaloo

Jeff Leaverton of Madisonville, Louisiana caught a 174.4 pound halibut June 16 that held on as the leader through the end of the Halibut Hullabaloo, which ended Sunday night. In addition to winning a...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Hullabaloo over halibut gives reel time incentive to fish

The Valdez Fish Derbies weigh-in station is busy with anglers weighing in fish for a chance to take home the Halibut Hullabaloo $1,000 grand prize. Many fish over the 100 pounds mark were brought in last week. As of Tuesday morning, Larry Bazilwich...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

The one to beat in halibut derby weighed 253 pounds

David Jamison of Fairbanks is a speech pathologist who said he was anything but speechless when he started reeling in a 253 pound halibut. That fish, which he caught last week, catapulted him to the...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    September 9, 2015

Big bucks: tens of thousands of derby dollars awarded

Tens of thousands of dollars in cash prizes were awarded to the season's top anglers in the Valdez Fish Derbies. Oh, and one lucky winner reeled in $10,000 just for buying a derby ticket. Erik...

 
 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...

 

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