FAIRBANKS - There is still only one 200-pound fish on halibut derby leader boards around the state.
Pam Seward of California leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 219.6pound halibut she caught on June 15.
Mike Smiley of Baldwinsville, N.Y. came close to the 200-pound mark when he caught a 196.6-pound halibut in Seward on Sunday to take over the lead in the Seward Halibut Tournament. Smiley will pocket a first-place prize of $10,000 if nobody catches a bigger one before the derby ends Saturday. Chris Bautsch of Seward also came close to catching a 200-pounder when he reeled in a 194.8pound halibut on June 21.
He stands to win $5,000 if his catch holds up.
Bonnie Woods of Valdez remains the leader in the Valdez Halibut Derby with a 179.2-pound halibut caught on June 16. The biggest fish weighed in at Valdez during the past week was a 125.7-pounder caught by Joanna Smith of Fairbanks on June 19. That fish wasn’t big enough to make the leader board. Both the Homer and Valdez halibut derbies run until September.
Here are the standings in Alaska’s three big halibut derbies as of June 26
VALDEZ HALIBUT DERBY
1. Bonnie Woods, Valdez, 179.2 lbs., June 16, Dan Orion 2. Steven Adams, Valdez, 136.1 lbs., May 23, Dan Orion 3. Benjamin Davis, Fairbanks, 127.1 lbs., May 27, Dan Orion
Week 4 Winners
Joanna Smith, Fairbanks, 125.7 lbs., June 19, Dan Orion Evelyn Leslie-Wood, North Pole, 123.5 lbs., Dawn Treader
HOMER JACKPOT HALIBUT DERBY
1. Pam Seward, LaMirada, Calif., 219.6 lbs., June 15, Manns Charter Service
SEWARD HALIBUT TOURNAMENT
1. Mike Smiley, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 196.6 lbs., June 24, ProFish-n-Sea Pursuit 2. Chris Bautsch, Seward, 194.8 lbs., June 21, Got Fish 3. Sammuel Sommerschield, Winchester, Tenn., 187 lbs., ProFish-n-Sea Pursuit