Clayton McDowell of Eagle River took first place in the July monthly standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 347-pound fish caught Sunday while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters.
The catch also puts McDowell in the overall derby standings lead. This years derby jackpot is expected to exceed $30,000.
Second place in the July standings went to Joe Simpson of Anchorage, who landed a 313.6-pounder Wednesday while fishing with Silver Fox Charters.
David Crawford of Clinton, Utah, took third with a 284.6-pound catch caught July 21 while fishing with Inlet Charters, and John Capstick from Kendal, England, had the fourth-place catch of 240.4 pounds, caught Tuesday while fishing with Aurora Sportfishing.
Michael Severin of Running Springs, Calif., finished fifth in the monthly standings with a catch of 233.2 pounds on July 16, caught while fishing with Silver Fox Charters.
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