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Derbies end at noon this Sunday for both silvers and halibut

Last chance to beat out early contenders for $15,000 grand prizes


Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Wyatt Bartlett of Fairbanks shows off his catch - which was in second place as of Tuesday morning - in the Silver Salmon Derby.

Silver salmon fishing is picking up but no one has been able to top - so far - the 16.96 pound silver salmon Tommy Jobe of Washington, Oklahoma caught August 17.

Jobe was trolling four miles out of the Valdez harbor by the Gold Mine when he caught a big one. Joe said they were fishing in the fog, trolling about 30 feet deep. When asked what he and his wife would do with a $15,000 grand prize if his fish held on to win the grand prize in the derby, Jobe said "I have an idea of what she might do with it."

At the time he caught the fish, Jobe didn't think he had to put much thought into how to spend the grand prize.

"It's kind of far-fetched that it will hold up through September 4th," Jobe said. "There are some big fish being brought in."

In the Halibut Derby, the early front runner was David Jamison of Fairbanks, who reeled in a 253 pound halibut May 29. Jamison said he didn't realize how big the prize was until he got back to Port Valdez.

"My jaw dropped when I found out it was $15,000" contender, Jamison said. Even way back in May, Jamison knew a 253 pound fish had a chance of holding on to the end of the derby. When asked why he purchased a derby ticket, Jamison replied "because you never know when you're going to catch a 250 pound halibut."

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. And the daily first-place prize for September 2, includes a Salmon Charter and other prizes valued at $490. A complete list of prizes for both the weekly halibut winners and the daily silver salmon derby winners can be found on the website.

The Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies end Sunday, September 4, at noon. The raffle for $10,000 cash will be held at the Derby Awards Party that begins at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. Silver and Halibut Derby winners will be awarded their prizes and everyone will have a chance to win door prizes and enjoy snacks as the prizes are awarded. The drawing for the $10,000 cash prize will commence at 7 p.m. and everyone who purchased a ticket during the season or at the door that night will be entered to win.


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