The second annual Halibut 100, a one-day derby sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, drew 120 anglers Saturday. More than half the participants came from outside the Kenai Peninsula.
Last year's Halibut 100 took place in Homer and drew 103 entries. This year, the derby expanded to include Seward and Ninilchik. Faron Owen, marketing council executive director, said there were roughly 75 Homer entries, 80 from Seward and 37 from Ninilchik.
"Some of the Anchorage people that drove to Homer last year may have stopped in Ninilchik this year," he said.
Of the 120 entries, 12 came from outside Alaska, 53 came from Anchorage and the rest live on the Kenai Peninsula.
To draw more entries next year, the marketing council will consider running Anchorage television and radio advertisements, Owen said.
This year's winner was Tom Barkman of Anchorage, whose 52-pound, 2-ounce fish came closest to the 53-pound target weight announced shortly before the derby. Barkman, who fished with Silver Fox Charters in Homer, won $3,000.
Harold Shirey of Anchorage took second place and $1,440 for a 52-pound halibut caught with Catch-A-Lot Charters of Ninilchik.
Barry Wright of Ninilchik took third and $720 for a 54-pound, 2 ounce halibut caught with Saltwater Adventures of Ninilchik.
Dave Baumann of Palmer took fourth and $360 for a 54-pound, 3-ounce halibut caught aboard the Homer charter vessel Obsession.
Peter Hardy of Anchorage took fifth and $240 for a 51-pound, 6-ounce halibut caught with Crackerjack Charters of Seward.
In addition, Doris Andrews of Anchorage won $500 in a drawing from tickets purchased before May 11. North Country Charters in Homer, which carried the most derby entrants, won a free advertisement in the marketing council's 2001 visitor guide.
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