Dana Wharf’s 4th Annual Halibut Derby came to an end Sunday with a record jackpot of $5,915. The largest halibut caught during the six month long derby was a 43-pound, 10-ounce fish by Dana Point resident, Peggy Stein. She received a check in the amount of $2,957.50.
This event was the fish-off for the top 25 anglers and it was a free trip for the anglers who caught the 25 largest halibut over the derby. The angler who catches the largest halibut on the fish-off receives the other half of the jackpot money.
Two halibut were caught on the fish-off Sunday:Jason Johnson was the leader and expected recipient of the $2,957.50 check for a majority of the 9-hour trip from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Rob Glass of Coto de Caza pulled up a 16-pound, 10-ounce fish in the second half of the trip.
This was by far the most popular Halibut Derby in Dana Wharf’s history. More than 100 halibut were caught in the derby, securing Dana Wharf’s continued billing as the top halibut landing in Southern California, said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching.
The fifth annual Halibut Derby will begin in November.