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264-pound halibut lands angler $15,000 in Valdez derby

Kyle Hopkins
A 264 pound halibut reeled in by Calvin Carr just a weekbefore the end of the Valdez Halibut Derby held on to take the $15,000first place prize at the close of the derby Sunday. (Photo courtesy KVAK radio)
Diana Doodchenko of Canada caught her 17.88 pound silver salmon July 25. She took 1st place prize of $15,000 in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby. (Photo courtesy KVAK radio)

A 264-pound halibut caught by Calvin Carr of North Pole claimed the $15,000 grand prize Sunday as the Valdez Halibut Derby came to a close.

Carr landed the halibut a week before -- Aug. 26 -- aboard the Otter Dodger, according to KVAK radio. With no bigger fish in sight, Carr held on to clinch first place in the summer-long contest. Bill Kelly of Valdez claimed second-place and $5,000 with a 237.7-pound halibut caught Aug. 28.

The average halibut caught by Valdez anglers is about 30 to 35 pounds, according to derby organizers. In third place was Mike Burke, of Henderson, Nev., with a 233-pound catch landed Aug. 12.

This year's prize-winning salmon is a 17.88-pounder caught July 25 by Diana Doodehenko of Canada. She won $15,000 in the Silver Salmon Derby.

Tom Parker of Billings, Mont., placed second in that competition with a 16.70-pound salmon while Joel Brown of Valdez (16.10 pounds) finished third.

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By KYLE HOPKINS
Anchorage Daily News