278.2-pounder leads Homer derby

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

A 278.2-pound halibut caught by Paul Lemek of Rockville, Conn., on Aug. 5 while fishing with Grizzly Charters leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby August standings.

Second place belongs to a 261.2-pound fish caught by Roland Frame of Banks, Ore., on Aug. 15 while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters, and in third place is a 261.2-pound fish caught by Frank Stevens of Eagle River while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters, also on Aug. 15.

David Opsahl of Austin, Minn., landed the 235-pound fourth-place fish on Aug. 1 while fishing with Aurora Sportfishing, and Bob Brown of Simi Valley, Calif., caught the 209.6-pound fifth-place fish on Aug. 15 while fishing with Silver Fox Charters.

Clayton McDowell of Eagle River is the overall derby leader with a 347-pound fish landed July 28 with Homer Ocean Charters.

Joyanna Geisler of Homer caught a tagged fish worth $500 Sunday while fishing with Inlet Charters. The prize halibut was sponsored by Homer Real Estate Associates.

There are now 45 entries in the $10,000 released-fish drawing. Any derby ticket holder releasing a fish bigger than 80 pounds is entered in the drawing.

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