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Photos: Fishing halibut in Seward

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A pair of charter boats travel through the Gulf of Alaska on their way to Montague Island on June 8, 2011.
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Sea lions share space with a bird rookery in Resurrection Bay near Seward.
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Angler Kurt Komarnitsky battles a 90-pound halibut while on a fishing charter out of Seward on June 8, 2011.
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ProFish and Sea caption Woody Wedin prepares to gaff a halibut during a fishing trip to Montague Island on June 8, 2011.
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ProFish and Sea caption Woody Wedin hauls a client's halibut onto the boat during a fishing trip to Montague Island on June 8, 2011.
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Halibut fill the fish box of the M/V ProFish-n-Sea.
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Hunter and Brook Wedin unload a client's halibut from the M/V ProFish-n-Sea in the Seward Harbor after a charter on June 8, 2011.
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Brook Wedin hoists a boat-load of halibut for a picture at the Seward Harbor after a fishing charter on June 8, 2011.
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A halibut lies in a cart before being weighed as part of the Seward Halibut Derby at the Seward Harbor on June 8, 2011. The fish weighed 87 pounds.
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ProFish and Sea caption Woody Wedin raises a derby halibut for an official weigh-in on June 8, 2011. The 87.6-pound fish was the largest fish of the day.
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Hunter Wedin, right, and his father Woody, fillet fish at the Seward Harbor cleaning tables after a halibut charter on June 8, 2011.
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Running for halibut out of Seward can be an investment, both in time and money. And anglers fishing for winners in the city's June halibut derby have to work for the bigger fish. That work includes a stomach-churning, three-hour trip across the Gulf of Alaska to Montague Island before the fishing even starts. The discomfort paid off for us, though. Our boat came back with 11 good-size halibut, and our top fish, a 87.6-pounder, was the biggest derby fish of the day.