•New winner holds second in August standings
By Randi Somers
Two fishermen got lucky last week in the Jackpot Halibut Derby. Coleman King of San Francisco captured second place in the August standings with a 190.4 pounder caught Aug. 9 while fishing with Crystal Sea Charters’ Captain Steve Button aboard the Donna May.
And Dave Weimer of Junction City, Kansas landed a $500 tagged fish sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital.
Soldotna fisherman Chad Aldridge is still the derby leader with his 350.8 pounder caught June 18 while fishing aboard his boat the Seabee.
Joanne Gitchel of Walker, Minn. retains first place in the Aug. standings and the lady angler title with her 271.8 pounder caught August 4 while fishing with Captain George Eischens aboard his Adak Venture.
Nicholas Carrico of Oroville, Calif. holds third with his 168.8 pounder caught Aug. 2 on Tim Berg’s Alaska Fishing Adventures with Captain Fred Barney aboard the Grande Alaska.
In fourth with a 123.8 pounder caught Aug. 6 with Magic Water Charters’ Captain Peter Karwowski aboard the Sorceress is Homerite Kasey Dunkin.
Derby coordinator Paula Frisinger reports that there have been three released halibut so far this month for a total of 46 for the season.
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