Florida angler leads big-fish competition in halibut derby

Greg Mendenhall of Port Orange, Fla., right, shows off the 153.2-pound halibut he caught June 15 while fishing with Capt. Rob Hyslip, left, of Big Bear Halibut Charters.-Photo provided

Greg Mendenhall of Port Orange, Fla., right, shows off the 153.2-pound halibut he caught June 15 while fishing with Capt. Rob Hyslip, left, of Big Bear Halibut Charters.-Photo provided

Some new fish — one pushing the scales to 153.2 pounds and two wearing tags — have heated up the action in this year’s Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. 

Greg Mendenhall of Port Orange, Fla., landed a 153.2-pound flatfish June 15 while fishing with Capt. Rob Hyslip of Big Bear Halibut Charters aboard the Bear Force I. That pushes Mendenhall to the lead of the derby’s big-fish competition, and places April Saputski of Rathdrum, Idaho, in second. Saputski reeled in a 142.2-pound halibut May 27, while fishing with Capt. Scott Glosser of Captain Scott’s Sport Fishing aboard the Mako.

There also were two tagged halibut landed this past week: one caught June 14 by Chester Kaczanowski of Dearborn Heights, Mich., while fishing with Bob’s Trophy Charters and one landed June 15 by Anthony Hanson of Anchorage, also fishing with Bob’s Trophy Charters.

That makes a total of three tagged halibut caught in this year’s derby, including one hooked May 19 by Janet Baldauf of Homer while Baldauf was fishing with Captain Pete’s Alaskan Experience.

It’s been a slow start for the derby, which is sponsored by Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Paula Frisinger, derby coordinator, is hoping this recent activity signals a turnaround for the event, which began May 15 and continues until Sept. 15.

“It has been a very busy weekend and finally something to talk about,” said Frisinger.

The derby awards a $10,000 jackpot for the largest halibut brought in by a ticket-holding angler. Halibut tagged and released earlier this year promise even larger prizes. They include a GCI-sponsored tag worth $50,000; a Stanley Ford of Kenai tag worth a new Ford F-150 pickup; four tags worth $10,000 each and sponsored by Best Western Bidarka Inn, Coca Cola and Petro Express, Era Aviation and Fred Meyer Stores; 38 tags worth $1,000 each whose sponsors include, among others, Alaskan Suites, Beluga Lake Lodge, Land’s End Resort, Pioneer Car Rental, Rainbow Tours and Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant; 59 tags worth $500 each; and 11 tags worth $250 each.

The value of the tagged halibut caught during the derby won’t be announced until the derby ends. 

Derby tickets are $10 per day and can be purchased at many local businesses and at the chamber and visitor center. Only anglers who have purchased a ticket prior to fishing are eligible for a prize.

Homer has a two halibut limit per day per person. 

For more information, call 235-7740 or visit www.homerhalibutderby.com.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.

More in Sports

Sports in brief

Football The Sept. 24 junior varsity football game vs. Redington was canceled.… Continue reading

Homer quarterback Carter Tennison tries to avoid the tackle of Kenai Central’s Talon Whicker on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai football holds off Homer

The Kenai Central football team held off a Homer comeback for a… Continue reading

tease
Grace sweeps Frank D. Invite

The Grace Christian girls and boys cross-country teams swept the Frank D.… Continue reading

A thunderstorm is seen Aug. 3, 2021, in Okanogan County, Washington. (Kathryn Knowlton/submitted photo)
Tangled Up in Blue: Shelter from the storm

I recently learned that the opposite of deja vu is jamais vu,… Continue reading

tease
Area volleyball teams pile up experience at West Spiketacular

The Kenai Central volleyball team led the Kenai Peninsula at the West… Continue reading

tease
Colony girls, Kodiak boys swimmers win SoHi Invite

The Colony girls and Kodiak boys swimming and diving teams won the… Continue reading

The afternoon sun makes birch leaves glow yellow on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the Hidden Lake Campground in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fall in Alaska is subtle but fabulous

On my mother’s side I come from a long line of New… Continue reading

tease
Jacoby wins 2nd Pentathlon in record-setting fashion

A lot has happened, to say the least, to Seward senior Lydia… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Football The Sept. 17 junior varsity football game vs. Kenai was canceled.… Continue reading

Most Read