By Randi Somers
Chriss Ryherd of Soldotna caught a 339.6 pound halibut Sept. 25, capturing first place for the month. He was fishing with Capt. Sean Martin of North Country Halibut Charters aboard the M/V Irish. His catch came close to challenging the season leader, Chad Aldridge who landed a 350.8 pounder June 19.
Also new in the standings is another Alaskan, Askel Buholm of Palmer who caught a 226.8 pound halibut Sept. 24. He was fishing with Capt. Josh Brooks aboard his boat, the Huntress. He is now in second place for the month.
Eagle River resident Jeff Van Landingham was dropped to third place with his 226.8 pounder caught Sept. 4 aboard the Millie Jane with Capt. Jeff Cundiff.
And, currently holding fourth place for the month, is lady angler Sheryl Warmblood of Eagle River. She caught her 178 pound halibut Sept. 4 aboard North Country Halibut/Spirit Charters’ Beausoleil with Capt. Mike Swan.
There was one released fish this month, bringing the total for the season to 53. No tagged fish have been landed this month.
“We had great action last weekend,” derby coordinator Paula Frisinger said in a press release. “It is turning out to be a big month. It goes to show you that the Derby isn’t over until it’s over, Sept. 30 this Friday at 9 p.m. Only two days left.”
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