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Oregon man grabs lead in Homer halibut derby

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published July 15, 2014

Finally, a hefty 250-pound-plus halibut has grabbed the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Ned Friedman of Chiloquin, Oregon, landed a 278-pound flatfish Monday to wrest the lead in the summer-long tournament from Molly Malthby of Michigan, whose 197-pounder had owned the top spot since early June.

Friedman fished Monday on Greg Northover's boat FV Quintessence of Alaska Arctic Sun Fishing & Hunting Expeditions.

Oddly enough, an hour before Friedman weighed his fish, Mark Meaders enjoyed a brief stint in the top spot with a fish less than a pound heavier than Malthby's.

Friedman's fish is bigger than the 236-pounder that won last year – but far smaller than the 323-pounder that captured the 2012 derby.

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