The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

 
 

By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES
For the Star 

New second-place derby halibut weighs in at 211 pounds

Pink salmon swarm into port just ahead of silvers for some good fishing

 


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 saw it on the side of the boat and how big it was, I was shocked.

Steiger said she had been halibut fishing once before and was not very successful. She said she decided her goal for her second halibut trip was to get something taller than she is and that weighs more. Steiger's halibut measured 70 inches long.

David Jamison of Fairbanks is still leading the Valdez Halibut Derby with the 253 pound fish he caught May 29 frp, aboard the "Nanatuk." Jeff Leaverton of Madisonville, Louisiana is currently holding onto third place in the overall standings with a 174.4 pound halibut he caught June 16 aboard the "Dan Orion."

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, anglers should keep an eye out for silver salmon as reports are trickling in of a few early catches further out in the Sound. Pink salmon are definitely in. Pink salmon fishing has been very productive at Allison Point with anglers catching their limit in a matter of hours. Pixies, spinners and Vibrax are all good options.

Lingcod fishing opened earlier this month, with minimal reports received according to ADF&G. They suggest anglers try targeting rocky pinnacles with jigs.

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Kim Steiger of Westchester, Penn. has a great Alaska adventure story after hauling in this 211 pounder during a fishing trip on the "Halibut Grove."

The Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby is Saturday, July 23. The Kids Derby is open to children age 5 to 16 and there is no fee to enter. Kids just need to weigh-in a pink salmon at the Valdez Fish Derbies weigh-in station to get a t-shirt and have a chance of winning one of the top three spots in their age division. A free family barbeque and awards will follow the day of fishing. The first 300 kids to stop by the weigh-in will get a free t-shirt courtesy of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and the Valdez Fish Derbies.

The Silver Salmon Derby will start July 23 and the Women's Derby is Saturday, August 12. The women's derby will have an opening ceremony on Friday, August 11.

Valdez Fish Derbies dates, prizes, rules, winners, pictures and more can be found at http://www.valdezfishderbies.com.

 

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