Angler takes lead in derby by two pounds

Three days after the derby gained a new leader with a 165-pound halibut caught by a Washington State woman, Gayle Muggli of Miles City, Mont., caught a 167.2-pound halibut on July 8.

Muggli is the third of three women to take the top position in the Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Muggli caught the fish while on the Diamond Cape with Captain Travis Blount from Homer Ocean Charters. Her halibut beat out the previous fish by 2.2 pounds, according to derby coordinator Kim Royce.

Other derby news includes:

Katie Kline of Hummelstown, Pa., caught a 2015 tagged fish while on a private boat, the Catie-Jen, with Captain Eric Wilcox.

Spencer Hill of Aurora, Colo., caught a 2015 tagged fish on the Foxfire from Central Charters with Captain Johnny Adams.

Tagged fish from previous years are worth $100.

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