Sixteen year old reels in 335-lb. halibut

Jackson Hobbs

Jackson Hobbs

Sixteen-year-old Jackson Hobbs, from Franklin, ID, blew the rest of the field out of the water in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby when he brought a 335-lb. butt to be weighed in at Derby Headquarters in the last half hour of the fishing day today, August 19, 2014. “It only took a half hour to bring in”, Jackson said, who was fishing with Captain Travis Larson on Alaska Premier Sportfishing’s charter boat Venturess. Jackson is in Alaska on a trip sponsored by his grandfather as a reward for becoming an Eagle Scout.

The winner of the Jackpot prize for the largest fish receives a $10,000 payout, plus .$50 for every Derby ticket sold. Last year’s Jackpot winner went home with $21,281.50. In its 28th year, the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is the longest running halibut fishing competition, with the largest total payout in Alaska.

Jackson Hobbs with Capt. Travis Larson

Jackson Hobbs with Capt. Travis Larson

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