Large Alaska halibut landed by girl, 6, who was hoping for a mermaid
The Homer, Alaska, Chamber of Commerce is promoting the season long Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby while reminding entrants, and tourists, that the daily bag limit for halibut off Homer is two, in reference to a recent controversial reduction to only one halibut per day in Southeast Alaska.
That said, the derby has a new leader: David Moore of Gill., Colo., who landed a 235-pound halibut Saturday aboard the Last Laugh out of Poi Boi Fishing & Wilderness Lodge.
More refreshing: There are some women participating in the contest, which pays monthly cash prizes for heaviest fish in several categories, for specially-tagged halibut and for winners at season's end.
The leader in the Lady Angler category is Tegan Humphrey, 6, who on Sunday boated a 138.8-pound halibut (pictured) aboard the Bear Force 1 out of Big Bear Halibut Charters.
Afterward she told a derby official: "I was a little disappointed that is wasn't a mermaid."
Also somewhat disappointed is a visitor from Canada who last week reeled in a tagged halibut that would have been worth $10,000 ... if he had paid the $10 derby entry fee. Apparently he didn't want the added expenditure.
The derby runs through Sept. 30.
Photo: Halibut Derby ladies' division leader Tegan Humphrey, 6, stands between the 138.8-pound fish she caught Sunday and boat Capt. Rob Hyslip. Credit: Homer Chamber of Commerce