HOMER, Alaska — An Iowa fisherman has been declared the winner of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.
Gene Jones of Bellevue caught his 236.2-pound fish on July 25 and had to wait until last week to learn he had caught the largest fish.
The fish earned him $21,281.50 in prize money.
Jones caught the behemoth while fishing with Capt. David Bayes of Central Charters.
Jones tells the Homer News (http://bit.ly/1b7hu5Q) he learned how to fish from his grandfather. A co-worker traveled to Alaska last year and Jones decided to book a trip after seeing the photos.
He fished with Bayes for two days and caught the big halibut on the second day in 150 feet of water.
Information from: The Homer (Alaska) News, http://www.homernews.com