Monique Peters of Willow won a big prize for catching a little fish in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.
Peters’ halibut wasn’t big enough to win a prize for its size, but it was one of 29 tagged fish caught in the summer-long derby. The derby ended Sunday, and on Monday officials released the prizes for 28 of the tagged fish, a list totaling $18,000 worth of prizes.
They waited until Friday to announce Peters’ prize — a Ford F-150 worth $30,000.
“We were going to be happy with T-shirts,” Peters said in a press release from the derby.
The other big winner was Gene Jones of Bellevue, Wash., whose 236.2-pound halibut was the biggest of the derby. He collected $21,281.50 for first place and two other Homer residents cashed in too — David Bayes won $2,128.15 for being the skipper of the boat Jones’ fished from, and Kathy Rider won $1,000 for selling Jones his derby ticket.
A total of 15,042 tickets were sold.