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Silver salmon derby begins this weekend amid strong halibut fishing

Special kids derby for pinks is this Saturday only for the young fishers in town


Valdez Fish Derbies website

Jacob Longoria of North Pole reeled in a 135.8 pound halibut July 14, aboard the "Nunatak."

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 a line and win prizes.

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 Saturday, July 23, 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 derby offers the same grand prize as the halibut derby - $15,000 cash for the fisher with a derby ticket who brings in the largest coho of the season. There is also the second-place prize of $5,000 and third-place prize of $2,000 cash in both the silver and halibut derbies.

David Jamison of Fairbanks is still leading the derby with the 253 pound fish he caught May 29 aboard the "Nanatuk." Kim Steiger of Westchester, Pennsylvania is currently holding onto second place in the overall standings with a 211 pound halibut caught July 5 from aboard the "Halibut Grove: and Jeff Leaverton is hanging on to third place overall with a 174.4 pound halibut he caught June 16 on the "Dan Orion."

The weekly first place winner in the Halibut Derby was Jacob Longoria of North Pole. Longoria reeled in a 135.8 pound halibut July 14 from the "Nunatak." Last week's second place weekly winner was Keith Tridle of Kansasville, Wisconsin. Tridle brought in a 132.2 pound halibut July 10 while fishing on the "Bold Eagle."

Casey Tollman didn't end up with a weekly prize, but she did have her name on the leader board for a while. For Tollman, competing for the weekly prize was well worth the $10 ticket investment. Tollman is from Glennallen and currently living in New York, New York. She caught a 120.2 pound halibut on July 11, aboard the Bold Eagle. In addition to being on the weekly leaderboard, Tollman scored a victory for women during her trip.

"We absolutely out-fished the boys and they know it," Tollman said.

The Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby is Saturday August 13 with an opening ceremony Friday, August 12.


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