Large Halibut Takes the Derby Lead

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     There was a significant upset in derby standings last week.

     Ned Friedman of Chiloquin, Oregon caught his massive 277.8-pound halibut July 14. 

     At nearly 80 pounds heavier than the largest fish caught up until then, it put him securely in first place.

     He bumped Mark Meaders, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin into second place. Meaders caught his 197-pound fish earlier that day. He spent only a few hours at the top of the leaderboard before Friedman’s fish far outweighed his.

     Meaders displaced Molly Malthby of Cheboygan, Michigan whose 196.8-pounder kept her at the top of the board for more than a week. She was in the lead from July 6 - 14. She’s now in third place.

     It’s not just out-of-staters catching the big fish. There are three Alaskans in the top 10. 

     In fourth place is Casey Byrnes of Palmer with a 185-pound fish. Sean Hoffbeck of Kenai is in seventh with his 134.4-pounder. David Conklin of North Pole is in 10th with his 106.6-pound halibut.

     Filling out the leaderboard are Michael Martini of Sunman, Indiana in fifth with his 141.8-pounder, Mike Leno of Madras in sixth with his 139-pounder, Weldon Creech of Houston, Texas in eighth with a 110.6-pounder and David Longacre of Orrstown, Pennsylvania in ninth with his 108.8-pounder.

     For tagged fish, there has been one registered. Jim Morgan caught an 11.5-pound tagged halibut on July 3.

     For released fish, Matt Hines of Minnetonka, Minnesota has a release from May 15 - June 14 and Pamela Coe of Ellensburg, Washington has a release in the June 15 - July 14 window.

     The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby continues through September 15.


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