If your fishing plans this summer take you to Alaska, make sure to spend time halibut fishing and entering the local halibut derby where you can win thousands of dollars. The top derby destinations are Homer, Valdez, and Seward. Each of these pay out thousands of dollars to the biggest halibut caught during the derby, weekly winners, monthly winners, and possibly some tagged halibut. Most of the derbies start in mid May and last into September. Daily tickets can be bought for roughly $10.
Currently a 219lbs halibut is leading in Homer, a 179.2lbs halibut is leading in Valdez, and a 247lbs halibut is leading in Seward. In my opinion is it very unlikely any of these will hold up and win the derby. A few years ago while fishing out of Valdez, I was fortunate to land a halibut of approx 300lbs. We were so far out in the ocean that coming in was not a possibility as the remaining halibut fishing would be sacrificed plus a few over 300lbs already were registered in the derby. However make sure to buy a ticket because you cannot win without one. Good luck to all!!