97-pound halibut leads Valdez derby

sports@adn.comMay 21, 2013 

Shawn Shipman was in second place with a 70.4 lbs. halibut. The Whitehorse, Yukon Territory resident caught the fish May 19, 2013 on the Dan Orion.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VALDEZ FISH DERBIES

Valdez angler Justin Hoppe took the early lead in his hometown's annual halibut derby, hooking a 97-pound fish Saturday in Prince William Sound.

Hoppe caught his fish aboard Dan Orion charters. So did Shawn Shipman of Whitehorse, who ranks second in the derby with the 70.4-pound halibut he caught Saturday.

The Valdez Halibut Derby ends Sept. 1 and will pay $15,000 to the winner. Second place pays $5,000 and third place is worth, and every one who buys a ticket will be entered in a drawing for a new truck.

Derby tickets are $10 a day or $50 for the season and must be purchased before heading out on the water. Weigh-in runs from 3-8 p.m. daily at the derby shack located kitty corner from the harbor master's office.

The limit for halibut in Prince William Sound is two per person.

 

 

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