Washington angler Bill Shepherd gained the distinction of being the first angler in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.
His May 21 fishing trip aboard the F/V Grand Aleutian produced a fine 14.4-pound chicken.
Shepherd was king of the Derby for three whole days, until Michael (Micky) Shober of Gillette, Wyo. showed up with his 69.6 pounder to take over the lead on May 24.
Shober’s reign didn’t last long either, once Shawn Agnew of Erie, Ill stepped up to take the reel. He landed a Derby-leading 82.40-pound flat fish while fishing with Captain Bruce Elkins of Sea Flight Sportsfishing on Sunday.
No tagged fish have been caught yet.
Current Derby Standings
1. June 1: 82.40 pounds, caught by Shawn Agnew of Erie, Ill. Shawn was fishing with Sea Flight Sportfishing and Captain Bruce Elkins.
2. May 24: 69.60 pounds, caught by Michael (Micky) Shober of Gillette, Wyo. Micky was fishing with Captain Scott’s Sportfishing and Captain Scott Glosser.
3. May 21: 14.40 pounds, caught by William (Bill) Shepherd of Washington. Bill was fishing with Central Charters and Captain David Bayes.
4. June 1: 10.00 pounds, caught by Mark Mehalko of Grand Blanc, Mich. Mark was fishing with Halibut Hunter Charters and Captain Tom Bunnell.
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