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

By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

Final day of fish derbies is this Sunday

Noon marks last chance at winning big for big catch


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While there is no rock fish derby, David Duke won serious bragging rights by reeling in this trophy-sized yellow eye, which weighed in at 23.2 pounds.

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 Derbies - if history is any indication.

If Scott Hebig's 203.6 pound halibut takes first place it will be the smallest halibut on record to win the Valdez Halibut Derby, with the exception of the years when the Chamber of Commerce held a target weight derby. In 2013, the winner of the $15,000 first place prize weighed in at 325 pounds.

In the silver salmon derby, Amanda Towne's 17.54 pound silver would be a respectable fish to win the Valdez Silver Derby, but a Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby winner has never held on until the end of the derby. In 2013, the silver that took the big cash prize of $15,000 weighed in at 16.92. In 2012, the Silver Derby winner was 17.88. From 2008 through 2011, the 1st place winner weighed in at: 22.14 (2008), 22.14 (2009), 19.10 (2010) and 18.68 (2009).

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Lorri Howell of North Pole was last week's weekly winner of the Valdez Halibut Derby with this 132.6 pounder.

The overall size of both halibut and silver salmon being brought in seems to be large this year, even though the silver fishing has been a bit slow. And anglers have brought in some sizeable ling cod and rock fish. David Duke reeled in a trophy yellow eye rockfish this past week while aboard a halibut charter.

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, August 31 at noon. The raffle for the Ford F-150 Truck will be held that day after the close of the derby. Everyone who purchased a Valdez derby ticket will be entered in that drawing.

Silver and Halibut Derby winners will be awarded and the drawing will be held at the Derby Awards party Sunday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. The truck drawing will commence at 7 p.m.


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