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VALDEZ WOMAN WINS TRUCK , TOWNE HOLDS ON TO WIN SILVER DERBY

Pictured: TC Greene of Valdez with her prize
 
VALDEZ, Alaska – There were not many changes on the leader board the last week of the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby or the Halibut Derby in Valdez. In the Silver Salmon Derby, a contender came in late August 28th that was two tenths of a pound shy of knocking Amanda Towne out of 1st place. Towne reeled in a 17.54 pound silver during the Women’s Derby August 9th and Paul Williams of Eagle River brought in a 17.52 pound silver on August 28th. Towne owns the distinction of being the only Women’s Silver Salmon Derby winner to also win the $15,000 cash prize in the silver derby. Williams won 2nd place and $5,000 for the fish he reeled up aboard the Silly Billy II. Greg Ledsworth of Tamarac, Florida took 3rd place in the silver derby with the 17.50 pound silver he caught from shore August 25th. The Big Prize Friday $500 winner was Nathen Ward of Fairbanks who reeled in a 14.08 pound silver August 29th aboard the Mayhem.

In the Valdez Halibut Derby, it was Scott Hebig’s 203.6 pound halibut that hung on for the 1st place $15,000 cash prize. Hebig caught his 203.6 pound halibut June 20th aboard the Amanda Rose. James McQuain of Fairbanks finished 2nd in the halibut derby with a 171.6 pound halibut he caught July 25th aboard the Dawn Treader and Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, Pennsylvania took 3rd place with the 171.4 pound halibut he caught July 17th aboard the Dawn Treader. Hebig’s halibut is the smallest halibut on record to win the Valdez Derbies, 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 2014, the 1st place winner had a fish weighing 335.7 pounds; in 2013 the winner tipped the scales at 277.2.
 
Every derby ticket purchased in the Valdez Derbies gives the buyer a chance to win a Ford F-150 4x4 truck from Valdez Fish Derbies and Seekins Ford. This year’s winner was T.C. Greene of Valdez.The Captain’s Prize of $500 was awarded to Dave Towne of Valdez aboard the Amanda Rose for both the halibut and silver salmon derby. Judy Bartlett sold the winning Halibut Derby ticket at the weigh-in shack and won the $500 ticket seller prize. Janis Johnson and Susie Koklich sold the winning silver derby ticket at the Prospector and will split the $500 ticket seller prize.

Next year’s dates, as well as pictures and information about the 2014 winners, can be found at www.valdezfishderbies.com.
 
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Scott Hebig                 Wasilla, AK                203.6 lbs.         June 20            Amanda Rose
2nd          James McQuain           Fairbanks, AK             171.6 lbs.         July 25             Dawn Treader
3rd        Jeff Maurer                 Elysburg, PA               171.4 lbs.         July 17             Dawn Treader
 
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #15
1st           Robert Meade             Lodi, WI                     117.6 lbs.         August 27       Dan Orion
2nd        Nikolay Oleynikov      Alameda, CA              80.2 lbs.           August 26       Dan Orion
 
Silver Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Amanda Towne          Valdez, AK                 17.54 lbs.         Aug 9              Amanda Rose
2nd        Paul Williams              Eagle River, AK         17.52 lbs.         Aug 28                        Silly Billy II
3rd        Greg Ledsworth          Tamarac, FL                17.50 lbs.         Aug 25            Shore

For more information on the Valdez Derbies, visit: www.valdezfishderbies.com

 


 
LAST CHANCE TO WIN AN EXTRA $500  WITH BIG PRIZE FRIDAY
“Big Prize Fridays” are held the first and the last Fridays during the span of the Silver Salmon Derby. The final Big Prize Friday is happening THIS Friday, August 29th where you have the chance to win $500 in addition to the regular daily prize!


Pictured: David Duke with his trophy size yellow eye rockfish
ANGLERS HOPE TO CATCH A BIG FISH BEFORE END OF DERBIES


VALDEZ, Alaska – 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 …that is, if history is any indication.

If Scott Hebig’s 203.6 pound halibut takes 1st place in the derby, it will be the smallest halibut on record to win the Valdez Derbies, 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 2014, the 1st place winner had a fish weighing 335.7 pounds; in 2013 the winner tipped the scales at 277.2.
 
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).
 
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

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HARD WORK FINDING SILVERS BUT THE PAYOFF IS A BIG FISH
 VALDEZ, Alaska – Anglers are having to fish a bit harder for silvers than normal, but some big fish have been brought into Port Valdez. And we found out this week that timing can be the key to winning in the Valdez Derby. Randy Main of Anchorage reeled in a 17.08 pound silver on Saturday aboard the Tom N Jo. Just 40 minutes after Main brought his fish to the weigh-in station, Terri Walters of Fairbanks brought a silver salmon to the weigh-in that was also exactly 17.08 pounds.
 
Since Main’s silver was weighed in first, he took the 1st place daily prize in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby and Walters took 2nd place daily. Being first also won Main the chance to take the 3rd place spot on the leader board. The 3rd place prize in the Silver Salmon Derby is $2,000 cash. Dan Eide of Valdez is currently in 2nd place for the Silver Salmon Derby and stands to win $5,000 cash. Eighteen-year-old and 2014 Women’s Silver Salmon Derby winner, Amanda Town, is holding onto 1st place. If Towne’s silver salmon remains the largest through August 31st, she will take home a $15,000 cash prize. Towne said in an interview following the Women’s Derby that she would use her winnings to pay for college.
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SILVERS WERE BIG, BUT FINNICKY DURING WOMEN’S DERBY WEEKEND
VALDEZ, Alaska – “The bite was on early in the morning, and then it just died,” said Valdez angler Barb Lyons. But that’s just what Lyons expected. Lyons took her boat, “Lyons Den” out on Friday to scout for silvers for the Women’s Derby and they caught a whopper of a fish early in the morning. Since the Women’s Derby was Saturday, Lyons said she figured it was the men’s day to fish. The 17.38 pound silver Dan Eide brought in Friday on her boat headed to the top of the derby leader board and got everyone excited about the possibility of catching big fish Saturday.

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PINKS ARE PLENTIFUL, SILVERS COMING AND HALIBUT FISHING STEADY

VALDEZ, Alaska – The silver salmon leader board was a bit sparse last week, but the weigh in is seeing more and more silvers as each day passes. According to Fish Derby Weigh-In station volunteers, most anglers that weighed in fish this weekend had several silvers in their coolers. 

At this point, there doesn’t seem to be any sure-fire lure or depth to catch the silvers at. “People are catching them on different lures, at different depths and in places all over right now,” commented fish cutter Jim Thayer at the dock Sunday night.
 
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SILVERS ARE ARRIVING, BIG PRIZE FRIDAY WON BY JIM ROTHENBUHLER
 VALDEZ, Alaska – The silver salmon are returning to Valdez slowly but surely. The first week of the silver derby was slow with very few fish weighed in, but Big Prize Friday fishing picked up and some nice size fish were brought to the weigh-in. Jim Rothenbuhler caught the biggest one to win the $500 cash prize. Rothenbuhler’s 13.66 pound fish also won him the daily 1st place prize worth hundreds of dollars and put him in the top spot on the Silver Salmon Derby overall leader board.

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TWO NEW LEADERS ON THE HALIBUT BOARD, SILVERS RUNNING

 
VALDEZ, Alaska – While the kids were slaying the pink salmon Saturday, halibut fishing in Valdez hit a high point with two anglers breaking into the overall standings. Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, PA caught a 171.4 pound halibut July 17th aboard the Dawn Treader to hop into 2nd place and Mark Clark of Sutton, Alaska is currently in 3rd place overall with a 163.8 pound halibut he caught July 17th aboard the Dan Orion.
Halibut fishing continues to be consistent with larger fish coming from Ocean Entrances reports the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Ling Cod season is open and many are arriving to Port Valdez. ADF&G suggests, “jigs fished 10 feet off the bottom near and on top of steep rocky ridges and reefs work quite well for lingcod”.
Nearly 300 kids converged on Valdez for the 7th Annual Kids Pink Salmon Derby on Saturday and the largest fish brought in was a 7.5  pound pink caught by Aaron Williams of Fairbanks. The fish landed Williams a longboard skateboard and a 5-year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine as well as bragging rights as one of the Top 10 Kids Derby Anglers in the derbies seven year history. Williams Fish is the 5th largest ever caught in the derby. This list is comprised of nine fish weighing over seven pounds and one just shy of 7 pounds. The largest fish ever caught in the derby was a 7.92 pounder caught by Theron Lee of Winfield, Alabama in 2012. A list of the Top 10 can be found at www.valdezfishderbies.com.

The silver salmon derby started Saturday and among the string of pink salmon caught by anglers young and old were bright silver salmon. Andrew Freerksen of Everson, PA caught the first silver salmon of the year and currently in the top spot on the leader board. Freerksen caught a 5.86 pound silver.  



 
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Scott Hebig                 Wasilla, AK                203.6 lbs.         June 20            Amanda Rose
2nd        Jeff Maurer                 Elysburg, PA               171.4 lbs.         July 17             Dawn Treader
3rd        Mark Clark                  Sutton, AK                 163.8 lbs.         July 17             Dan Orion
 
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #9
1st        Jeff Maurer                 Elysburg, PA               171.4 lbs.         July 17             Dawn Treader
2nd        Mark Clark                  Sutton, AK                 163.8 lbs.         July 17             Dan Orion


Silver Salmon Derby – Overall Leader – Week #9
1st        Andrew Freerksen      Everson, PA                5.86 lbs.           July 19             Christa June
 
 
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WINNING FISH IN KIDS PINK SALMON DERBY TIPS SCALES AT 7.5 POUNDS
VALDEZ, Alaska – There is nothing better than the happy shout of a child with a fish on their line and Saturday there was plenty of hooting and hollering both from shore and from boats in Port Valdez. Fishing was a bit slow early morning, but picked up just after high tide at 8am. The winning fish was caught from a boat, but there was plenty of action from shore.
Nearly 300 kids converged on Valdez for the 7th Annual Kids Pink Salmon Derby Saturday. The weigh-in station gave away 300 free t-shirts to kids age 5 to 16 that got a line wet. Just over 200 kids weighed in a fish and the 11 to 13 year-old age division was competitive. Eleven year old Aaron Williams of Fairbanks won his age division and took top honors for largest fish in the derby with a 7.5 pound pink salmon. His fish made it to the 5th position on the list of top fish caught in the history of the 7-year derby. Aaron Williams said, “The secret was a green pixie”. Aaron Williams, who has come from Fairbanks the last three years to fish the Kids Derby, said he is coming back next year and bringing green pixies. Warren Williams took 2nd place in the same age division and had the 2nd largest fish with a 6.28 pound pink.
In the 8 to 10 year age division, Mark Boedefeld of Anchorage took top honors as well as the 1st place prize of a longboard skateboard and 5 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine with a 5.52 pound pink salmon. Branden Van Landingham of North Pole won the 14 to 16 year old division with a 5.33 pound pink and Kelsey Prax of Valdez won the six to 8 year old division with a 5.32 pound pink salmon. First place winners in each age division received a longboard skateboard and 5 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine. The 2nd place winners received a skateboard and 3 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine and the 3rd place finishers took home a fishing pole from Prospector and a one year magazine subscription.


Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby – 2014 Winners

5 to 7 Age Division
1st        Kelsey Prax                             Valdez, AK                 5.32 lbs.
2nd        Liliana Garcia                          Fairbanks, AK             5.06 lbs.
3rd        Kevin Craddock                     Eielson AFB, AK       4.92 lbs.

8 to 10 Age Division
1st        Mark Boedefeld                      Anchorage, AK           5.52 lbs.
2nd        Courtney Sisk                         North Pole, AK           5.44 lbs.
3rd        Brice Sawin                             Washington, DC         5.24 lbs.
 
11 to 13 Age Division
1st        Aaron Williams                       Fairbanks, AK             7.5 lbs.
2nd        Warren Williams                     Valdez, AK                 6.28 lbs.
3rd        Jade Watts                              Valdez, AK                 5.90 lbs.
 
14 to 16 Age Division
1st        Branden Van Landingham     North Pole, AK           5.33 lbs.
2nd        Devon Heal                             Palmer, AK                 5.28 lbs.
3rd        McKenzie Williams                 Valdez, AK                 5.12 lbs.
 
Top 10 (2008 through 2014) Pink Salmon Derby Winners
 
Place               Name                         Year    Age                 Weight            City                 State
1                     Theron Lee                  2012    14-16yrs          7.92 lbs.           Winfield          AL
2                     Janaea Koch                2010    8-10yrs            7.78 lbs.           Valdez,            AK
3                     Janissa Arzie               2010    14-16yrs          7.60 lbs.           Chugiak,          AK
4                     Kailey Fowlkes           2012    11-13yrs          7.53 lbs            North Pole       AK
5                      Aaron Williams           2014    11-13 yrs         7.5 lbs.             Fairbanks         AK
6                     Jonathan Dupee          2012    5-7yrs              7.46 lbs            Fairbanks         AK
7                     Riley King                   2012    8-10yrs            7.36 lbs            Valdez             AK
8                     Brynn Illingworth       2012    8-10yrs            7.32 lbs            North Pole       AK
9                     Clayton Hill                2012    8-10yrs            7.00 lbs            Palmer             AK
10                   Canyon McAllister      2010    11-13yrs          6.92 lbs            Valdez ,           AK
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Halibut Derby Week #5


                                                          

WASILLA MAN BREAKS 200 POUND MARK, WINS HALIBUT HULLABALOO AND LEADS HALIBUT DERBY
 
VALDEZ, Alaska – In addition to netting him the weekly prizes, Scott Hebig’s 203.6 pound halibut won him $1,000 cash in the 10-day Valdez Halibut Hullabaloo tournament. His fish also won the 1st place weekly prize and put him firmly in 1st place in the halibut derby standings. Hebig’s halibut is the first weighing more than 200 pounds to be brought in during the 2014 derby. Hebig was fishing June 20th aboard the Amanda Rose. The Valdez Halibut Derby runs through Sunday, August 31st and the grand prize for the person catching the largest fish is $15,000 in cash.


Matthew West of Morris Plains, New Jersey is currently 2nd in the overall standings. West caught a 152.8 pound halibut June 2nd aboard the Dan Orion. Currently in 3rd place overall is Nicholas Baker of Gatesville, Texas with the 145.6 pound halibut he caught Mary 26th aboard the Jaime Lynn. The 2nd place prize is $5,000 cash and the 3rd place prize is $3,000.

Sunshine and calm seas seemed to be the perfect recipe for wildlife viewing in Valdez as many anglers reported seeing multiple whales and other wildlife. Tour boats on the sound have reported seeing orcas and humpbacks nearly every day.

With Ling cod opening July 1st and a big celebration on the 4th of July, Valdez should be hopping while the pink salmon make their way into Port Valdez. The 4th of July celebration will feature a block party, community bonfire and fireworks. On Saturday, July 5th, Valdez will put on the Pink Salmon Festival with a pink salmon cook-off, community fish fry and other events.
 
The Kids Pink Salmon Derby is set for Saturday, July 19th. 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 19th 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 19th and the Women’s Derby is August 8th and 9th.
 
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Scott Hebig                 Wasilla, AK                203.6 lbs.         June 20            Amanda Rose
2nd        Matthew West                        Morris Plains, NJ         152.8 lbs.         June 2              Dan Orion
3rd        Nicholas Baker            Gatesville, TX             145.6 lbs.         May 26            Jamie Lynn
 
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #4
1st        Scott Hebig                 Wasilla, AK                203.6 lbs.         June 20            Amanda Rose
2nd        Tim Smith                   Eielson AFB               137.0 lbs.         June 21            Dan Orion
 
For more information on the Valdez Derbies, visit: www.valdezfishderbies.com


Halibut Derby - Week #3


WEEKLY HALIBUT WINNERS IN THE 114 POUND RANGE
VALDEZ, Alaska – The Valdez Halibut Derby weigh-in station was busy with anglers weighing in fish for a chance to take home the $1,000 Halibut Hullabaloo prize. Many fish were weighed in just over 100 pounds. At the end of the derby week, the weekly winners were Justin Heminger of Fairbanks with a 114.8 pound halibut he caught aboard the Aleashia June 12th. Brian Lee of Anchorage took the 2nd place weekly prize with a 114.0 pound halibut he caught June 9th aboard the Jaime Lynn. Heminger’s sizeable fish was caught the day before the start of the Halibut Hullabaloo tournament so he will not have a chance at the $1,000 cash prize, but he did take home a coveted Valdez Fish Derbies jacket and a bevy of prizes.

Just ounces short of being a weekly winner, John Savage of Eagle River brought in a 113.8 pound halibut June 13th, the first day of Halibut Hullabaloo, to take the lead in the tournament. The prize for the person catching the largest halibut between June 13th and 22nd is $1,000 cash in addition to the weekly prizes.

In the overall standings, it’s still the early fish holding onto the lead. Matthew West of Morris Plains, New Jersey caught a 152.8 pound halibut June 2nd aboard the Dan Orion and is still solidly in 1st place overall. Nicholas Baker of Gatesville, Texas is currently in 2nd place overall with the 145.6 pound halibut he caught May 26th aboard the Jaime Lynn and Bonnie Woods of Valdez is currently in 3rd place overall with the 126.2 pound halibut she caught June 2nd aboard the Dan Orion.

Local Valdez resident Rod Morrison and Dave Wilson of Fairbanks both reported seeing salmon jumping around Hinchinbrook Island. Mike Wells said the Valdez Fisheries Development Association is permitted to release 219 to 220 million pink salmon fry this year. According to Wells, the anticipated return for pink salmon is 12.9 million. “This should make for pretty lively fishing along the banks by the hatchery”. Wells said he expects the fishing for pinks to start late June. “By the first week in July, fish are starting to settle in around Allison Point and the fishing there is good into the first part of August,” Wells said.

To give anglers an idea of how good angling is for pink salmon in Valdez, one just needs to compare the pink return to the anticipated silver return. While 12.9 million pinks are expected to return to Port Valdez, just 601,000 silver salmon are expected return to Valdez. The silver fishing in Valdez is well regarded and half a million fish is a pretty standard return. There are just that many more pink salmon. “Pinks are a great fish for kids,” commented Wells. “There are so many of them and they’re easy to catch’. The Kids Pink Salmon Derby is Saturday, July 19th. The Kids Derby is free and the first 300 kids to weigh in a fish get a free t-shirt. The top three fish in four different age divisions will win a prize. There’s a free family BBQ at the end of the Derby.

This coming weekend will bring the end of the Halibut Hullabaloo tournament, but the Valdez Halibut Derby runs through August 31st. The City of Valdez will be hosting a Kite Festival in Valdez Saturday, June 28th, a big 4th of July Block Party on Friday, July 4th and fun events for the Pink Salmon Festival Saturday, July 5th.


Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Matthew West                        Morris Plains, NJ         152.8 lbs.         June 2              Dan Orion
2nd        Nicholas Baker            Gatesville, TX             145.6 lbs.         May 26            Jamie Lynn
3rd        Bonnie Woods                        Valdez, AK                 126.2 lbs.         June 2              Dan Orion
 
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #4
1st        Justin Heminger          Fairbanks, AK             114.8 lbs.         June 12            Aleashia
2nd        Brian Lea                    Anchorage, AK           114.0 lbs.         June 9              Jamie Lynn
We have two new leaders in the overall Valdez Halibut Derby Standings
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st           Matthew West - Morris Plains, NJ - 152.8 lbs. - June 2 - Dan Orion
2nd          Nicholas Baker - Gatesville, TX - 145.6 lbs. - May 26 - Jamie Lynn
3rd           Bonnie Woods - Valdez, AK - 126.2 lbs.- June 2, 2014 - Dan Orion
 

Halibut Derby - Week #2



TEN DAY HALIBUT TOURNAMENT BEGINS JUNE 13th
VALDEZ, Alaska – Early season halibut fishing will get a boost mid June as anglers converge on Valdez in hopes of being the angler to catch the largest halibut June 13th through 22nd in the Halibut Hullabaloo. Organizers of the Valdez Fish Derbies are offering a prize of $1,000 and say they started the tournament a few years ago to promote halibut fishing before the silver salmon hit the Port. One of the committee members suggested making a big hullabaloo about Halibut and the tournament was born. There is no fee to fish in the Halibut Hullabaloo Tournament. Anglers will just need a valid Valdez Fish Derbies ticket for the day(s) they fish. A daily halibut derby ticket is $10 and a season ticket for the halibut derby is $50.
Each year, the City of Valdez hosts military from all over the state for a Military Appreciation weekend. This year, 77 service men from Alaska were taken out on halibut charters and the entire community is treated to barbeques and pancake breakfasts. Sandy Moore-Livesay organizes the event for the City and said the Charter Captains in Valdez are always eager to donate a charter and volunteer for this event.
At the end of Week 2 in the Halibut Derby, Nicholas Baker of Gatesville, TX is still the overall leader with the 145.6 pound halibut he caught May 26th aboard the Jamie Lynn. Frank Dickinson of Valdez is currently 2nd with the 111.2 pound halibut he caught May 23rd aboard the Loon-A-C and Larry Bazilwick of Fairbanks is holding onto 3rd place with the 110.2 pound halibut he caught May 23rd aboard the Jamie Lynn. Baker is the 1st place weekly winner of the halibut derby and Marvin Bumgardner of Palm Beach Gardens Florida won the 2nd place weekly prize
Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports halibut fishing was a little spotty inside the Sound this past week. Ocean entrances continue to be great places to catch halibut. Rockfish angling has been quite productive with small jigs near rocky reefs. Shrimping continues to be productive, but ADF&G reports it is generally better the farther you get away from ports and suggests anglers start moving pots out a little deeper as the summer moves on.
There’s good news for those looking to stop and dip net before or after fishing Valdez. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will open the Chitina dip net fishery ahead of its normal June 10 start and will add bonus fish to the catch. The fishery will open June 7th and run though 11:59pm June 8th. A supplemental harvest of an extra 10 red salmon will be allowed during this period. Dip netters will legally be require to remove their nets from the water for only two minutes between Sunday night and Monday morning before the fishery reopens at 12:01am June 9th, running through the second week of the month. The June 9th opening is classified as tentative at this time, so check with ADF&G prior to your trip.

Valdez Fish Derbies tickets are available at the weigh-in shack down by the harbor and at various locations throughout town. For more information visit: www.valdezfishderbies.com
 
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Nicholas Baker - Gatesville, TX - 145.6 lbs. - May 26 - Jamie Lynn
2nd        Frank Dickinson - Valdez, AK - 111.2 lbs.- May 23 - Loon-A-C
3rd        Larry Bazilwick - Fairbanks, AK - 110.2 lbs.- May 23 - Jamie Lynn
 
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #2
1st        Nicholas Baker - Gatesville, TX - 1545.6 lbs.- May 26 - Jamie Lynn
2nd      Marvin Bumgardner - Palm Beach Gardens, FL - 105.6 - May 25 - Aleashia         

 

Valdez Halibut Derby - Week #1


Frank DickinsonLarry Bazilwick
ANGLERS BREAK 100 POUND MARK TO LEAD HALIBUT DERBY

VALDEZ, Alaska – The first week of the Valdez Halibut Derby ended Saturday night and Frank Dickinson of Valdez won the 1st place weekly prize with a 111.2 pound halibut he caught May 23rd aboard the Loon-A-C. Larry Bazilwick of Fairbanks won the 2nd place weekly prize in the halibut derby with a 110.2 pound fish he caught May 23rd aboard the Jamie Lynn. These fish won’t win the $15,000 first place prize in the derby, but they are big enough to take home the 1st and 2nd place prizes in the first week of the halibut derby. The first place weekly prize in both the halibut and silver salmon derbies includes an embroidered vest and gift certificates from Valdez Fish Derby Sponsors. The second place weekly winners take home certificates and a vest too.
 
With the early spring in Valdez, lots of boats were in the water early. Fishing was a bit slow the first week of the derby, but that was because of the wind said Derby Coordinator Thale Steenhoven. “I think all of the Fish Derby Preferred Charters were in the water the first week of the derby”, commented Steenhoven. With the winds down over the Memorial weekend, boats hit the fishing grounds and found success.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, a few anglers reported catching their limits near Knowles Head and Naked Island. Rockfish angling has also been quite productive with small jigs near rocky reefs. The ADF&G fishing report for Prince William Sound said, “There have been no reports of hatchery king salmon at Flemming Spit and the Old Town site in Valdez, but they should  be showing up fairly soon”.

In addition to casting a line, many anglers are dropping a pot to bring home some Prince William Sound Shrimp. Shrimping continues to be productive, but remember you need a shrimp permit. The Halibut Hullaballoo fishing dates have been set for June 13th through the 22nd, and this year the angler catching the largest halibut during that time period will win $1,000 cash in addition to the weekly prizes and any overall prizes they might qualify for.

The Kids Pink Salmon Derby has been set for July 19h.The Silver Salmon Derby in Valdez will run July 19th through August 31st and again boasts a $15,000 first place prize in addition to daily prizes. The Annual Valdez Women’s Derby is slated for Saturday, August 9th with an opening ceremony Friday, August 8th and the closing ceremony Saturday night. For more information on the Valdez Derbies, visit: www.valdezfishderbies.com

Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st        Frank Dickinson         Valdez, AK            111.2 lbs.         May 23            Loon-A-C
2nd       Larry Bazilwick          Fairbanks, AK       110.2 lbs.         May 23            Jamie Lynn
3rd        Brian Brockel              Glennallen, AK       97.6 lbs.         May 24            Jamie Lynn

 
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #1
1st        Frank Dickinson         Valdez, AK             111.2 lbs.         May 23            Loon-A-C
2nd        Larry Bazilwick         Fairbanks, AK        110.2 lbs.         May 23            Jamie Lynn


 

HALIBUT DERBY WEIGH-IN

With the Halibut Derby underway the 1st halibut weighed in, and last week’s weekly winner of Valdez Halibut Derby is Glen Sax of Valdez with an 82.1 pound halibut caught the evening of May 18th.
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