By Randi Somers
John Perez of McCall, Idaho landed a 229.2 pound halibut Aug. 21 to capture second place in the August standings in the Chamber of Commerce’s Jackpot Halibut Derby, according to Paula Frisinger, Derby coordinator.
He was fishing with Captain Brian Nollar aboard the Belle Ille of the Midnght Sun Charters.
Joanne Gitchel of Walker, Minn. still holds first in the August standings with a 271.8 pounder landed Aug. 4 while fishing with Captain George Eischens aboard his boat the Adak Venture. She also retains the title of Lady Angler for the month.
Coleman King of San Francisco now holds third place with his 190.4 pounder caught Aug. 9 aboard the Donna May with Captain Steve Button of Crystal Sea Charters.
In fourth place is Nicholas Carrico of Oroville, Calif. with a 268.8 pound halibut caught Aug. 2 while fishing with Alaska Fishing Adventures’ Capt. Fred Berney aboard the Grande Alaska.
The 350.8 pounder caught by Chad Aldridge of Soldotna June 19 is still the derby leader.
Seven halibut have been released so far this month, bringing the season total to 50, Frisinger said.
The tagged fish winner this month is Dave Weimer of Junction City, Kansas who captured a $500 fish sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital.
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