Halibut Hullabaloo starts this Friday during derby
An extra grand can be had for catching the biggest flat fish by June 21
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 period, in addition to any prizes won during the regular derby.
Organizers of the Valdez Fish Derbies say they started the tournament a few years ago to promote halibut fishing before the silver salmon hit the port. One of the committee members suggested making a big hullabaloo about halibut - and the tournament was born. There is no fee to fish in the Halibut Hullabaloo Tournament. Anglers will just need a valid Valdez Fish Derbies ticket for the day(s) they fish.
A daily halibut derby ticket is $10 and a season ticket for the halibut derby is $50.
Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies
Coleton Parker of Fox stands in second place in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Parker caught the 117 pounder June 5 from aboard the "Halibut Grove."
At the end of Week 2 in the Halibut Derby, Josh Hughes is still the overall leader with the 123.6 pound halibut he caught May 27 aboard the Jamie Lynn. Coleton Parker of Fox is currently in second place with a 117 pounder caught June 5 aboard the Halibut Grove. Josh Kramer of Fredricksburg, Texas is holding onto third place with the 116 pound halibut he caught May 25 aboard the Jamie Lynn. Parker is the first place weekly winner of the halibut derby week number 2 and Emma Brown of Wasilla won the second place weekly prize.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports halibut fishing was a little spotty inside the Sound this past week but ocean entrances continue to be great places to catch halibut. Rockfish angling has been quite productive with small jigs near rocky reefs. Shrimping continues to be productive, but ADF&G reports it is generally better the farther you get away from ports and suggests anglers start moving pots out a little deeper as the summer moves on.
Valdez Fish Derbies tickets are available at the weigh-in shack down by the harbor and at various locations throughout town. For more information visit: http://www.valdezfishderbies.com.