Photo courtesy Homer Chamber of Commerce                                Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota (left) poses with his 224-pound halibut, caught July 12, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. He is the new leader in the Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Photo courtesy Homer Chamber of Commerce Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota (left) poses with his 224-pound halibut, caught July 12, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. He is the new leader in the Jackpot Halibut Derby.

North Dakota man takes lead in Jackpot Halibut Derby

Homer’s 2019 Jackpot Halibut Derby has a new leader as of last Friday.

Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota caught a 224.2-pound halibut on July 12. He was fishing aboard the Optimist with captain Daniel Donich, of Daniel’s Personalized Guide Service, according to a press release from the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The chamber hosts the competition, which is the longest running halibut derby in the state.

The prizes offered by the Jackpot Halibut Derby include:Major Tagged Fish Prizes give a chance to win $25,000 from the Homer Chamber of Commerce or $10,000 in cash from Homer Fish Processing.

Tagged Fish Prizes include over 100 fish worth $1,000, $500 or $250. All tagged fish winners receive an immediate cash prize and are eligible to win the two major tagged fish prizes of $10,000 and $25,000, announced at the Sept. 20 Jackpot Halibut Derby Gala.

Released Fish Prizes: Those who catch and release a halibut measuring 48 inches or more are entered to win $500 at the Jackpot Halibut Derby Gala.

Kids prizes: Kids 12 years and under are automatically entered in the end-of-season drawing at the Jackpot Halibut Derby Gala.

Just for the Halibut: All tickets will be entered to win $1,000 and the end of the season, even if purchasers don’t fish.

Catch a Lefty: Catch a left-handed halibut to win $150.

Jackpot Prize for largest fish of season – $10,000 plus 50 cents per ticket sold.

Value-added coupons are provided with every derby ticket sold from Kachemak Gear Shed and McDonald’s​.

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