First tagged fish of the season caught

Anglers visiting Homer from various spots in the Lower 48 caught four tagged fish in the past two weeks, according to Jackpot Halibut Derby coordinator Kim Royce. Two of the fish caught had previous years’ tags, which are worth $100. One fish was released as part of the over-48-inches catch-and-release drawing for $1,000.

Garrett Tyson from Orlando, Florida, caught a fish with a 2015 tag on June 9. Tyson was fishing on the SeaWolf with Capt. Philip Warren from Inlet Charters.

Tomm VanderHorst from Arvada, Colo., caught the first 2016 tagged fish of the season on June 10. VanderHorst was fishing on the Nauti Cs with Captain Kristen Churchill when he reeled in the fish that won him $250.

Christopher Cella from Johnstown, Ohio, caught the second 2016 tagged fish, also worth $250, on June 11 while fishing on the MAKO with Captain Scott Glosser of Captain Scott’s Sportfishing.

Mike Shirley of Maple Valley, Wash., caught a 2014 tagged fish on June 11. Shirley was fishing with friends on the private vessel, A Salt Weapon, with Captain John Mayfield.

Al Krekan of Cincinnati, Ohio released a fish on June 11 while fishing on the ASHTIKAN with Captain Brian Bondioli of Captain B’s Alaskan C’s. Krekan was entered into the catch-and-release drawing that will be held at the end of the season.

The Jackpot Halibut Derby Facebook page is officially up and running as well, Royce said. The Jackpot Halibut Derby coordinator will update the page with photos of the catches as they come in.

“The more people we can reach, the more it will hopefully entice people to come and share in the beauty of Homer and Alaska,” Royce said.

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