By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

Anglers are hitting the shores as the derbies end this Sunday at noon

There is still time to reel in more big ones as the season winds down this week

 

August 30, 2017

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Homer Huffman of Valdez reeled in this 15.10 pounder Friday, earning himself a second-place slot on the leader board.

With only a few days left to try to catch the biggest silver salmon of the season, anglers are lining the shores.

Last year, 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 September 1 in the Boat Harbor. John Neitzeke of Grand Rapids, Minnesota reeled in his second-place 17.26 pound silver the same day at Allison Point, as did Dawn Osmonson-Sturm, the third place winner.

While the run of silver salmon was much stronger in Valdez than the past two years, small silver salmon populated the Valdez Fish Derbies leader board until recently. The current leaders in the silver derby are:

Cole Baxter of Fayetteville, Georgia, with a 15.62 pound fish, is leading the derby. Homer Huffman of Valdez (15.10 pound silver) is currently in second place overall and Randy Arndt of Wasilla is currently in third place with a 14.98 pound silver salmon. First place in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby is $15,000 cash, second place is $5,000 and third place is $2,000.


Bill Johnson for Alaska House

In the Valdez Halibut Derby Frieda Wiley of Valdez is still at the top of the leader board with the record 374-pound halibut she caught August 6 from aboard the "Dan Orion."

This Friday, anglers will have a chance to win an additional $500 during Big Prize Friday. The person who buys a derby ticket and brings in the biggest silver salmon Friday will win $500 in cash in addition to the daily prizes. The Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies end Sunday, September 3, at noon. The raffle for $10,000 cash will be held that day after the close of the derby. Everyone who purchased a Valdez derby ticket will be entered in that drawing.

Graphic courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

The fish to beat before Sunday to win big bucks in the Valdez Fish Derbies.

 

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