The 2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby has officially ended with the grand prize winner taking home $21,281.50.
Remember anglers, Homer has a two fish per day per person halibut catch limit!!
2013 Jackpot Winner
Gene Jones of Bellevue, IA has held the leader board since July 25th when he caught his 236.2 lb barn door halibut. Gene was fishing with Captain David Bayes with Central Charters aboard the "Grand Aleutian". When Gene was advised that he had won the Derby, he, of course, was very excited and his comment was "A fish like that is pretty special and to actually win is unreal. I'm pretty elated." Gene's fish earned him $21,281.50. He was unable to return to Alaska for the announcement today, September 20, but accepting his ceremonial check and winners plaque was Kathy Rider of Central Charters.
Kathy also accepted David Bayes' captain's prize of $2,128.00. David was not able to attend the ceremonies as he was out hunting.
To see pictures from the press conference, click here.
The value of the tagged fish caught in this year's derby is available on our Standings page. This year we had a record number of tagged fish caught (29) with a total value of $18,000.
We are very excited to announce that the tagged fish caught by Monique Peters of Willow, AK was for the Ford F-150 truck sponsored by Stanley Ford of Kenai.
In addition to these two big winners, we also had drawings for the Just for the Halibut Prize (just for buying a Derby ticket) and our five kids prizes. Those winners are as follows:
for prior leaders and prior tagged fish
Congratulations to all of you!!!!!
There was also a very unlucky and unhappy angler who in late August did not want to buy a Derby ticket even though his wife and charter company strongly suggested that he do that. Why unlucky and unhappy - he did catch a tagged fish, and it was our big prize tagged fish worth $50,000 sponsored by GCI. But without the Derby ticket, he just has some great halibut to eat. So remember, next year buy those derby tickets!
The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is an annual event, running from May 15 to September 15 each year. Tickets are $10.
2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Committee
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