Fish Alaska's 2017 Fishing Report 
for Homer, Alaska

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2017 Jackpot Halibut Derby Winners
Homer, Alaska 
Sept. 21, 2017

The 2017 Jackpot winner is Sam Mills of St. Maries, Idaho, whose halibut weighed in at 240.0 pounds. Sam and his wife Katrina returned to Homer for the awards ceremony to accept Sam’s check for $15,241. Sam was fishing on the peninsula in July while Katrina was at home for their anniversary, she came accompanied Sam as a belated anniversary gift.

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Sam’s charter captain, Captain Chris Andrews of the Nautilus II of Alaska Coastal Marine, was responsible for helping Sam catch the BIG ONE. He was awarded $1524.10 for doing so. Rosanna Hunting from Central Charters was awarded $1000 for selling the winning derby ticket.

There were 10,482 tickets sold which included 173 youth tickets. In early spring, sponsors and volunteer captains tagged and released over 75 halibut in preparation for the 2017 season. Tagged fish were valued at $250, $500 and $1,000. Anglers who caught a prior year tag received $100. There were three 2017 tagged fish caught paying out a total of $2,500; one 2016 tag and two 2015 tags caught.

Unfortunately, no anglers caught the $10,000 Homer Chamber of Commerce or $50,000 GCI tagged fish this year. Five youth winners were drawn at the “After Season Party” Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Each youth was awarded $210 and a subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine. All youth contestants were entered into the drawing just for having purchased a derby ticket.

The Chamber offers an end of the season “Released Fish” prize drawing valued at $1,000 to encourage anglers to release fish over 48 inches.  Our “Catch & Release” winner was Richard Ragan from Anchorage.

Central Charters and Sportsman Supply each won $250 for selling the most derby tickets.

Thank you to Kim Royce our Jackpot Halibut Derby Coordinator, Chris Christy our Derby Shack Curator, all volunteers, tagged fish sponsors, derby ticket vendors, voicemail captains, participants, plus all tagging cruise captains, charters, and deckhands. A huge shout out to GCI for being our 2017 Jackpot Halibut Derby main sponsor. 

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North Country Charters
August 27, 2017

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Yesterday was a good day!

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Brooks Alaskan Adventure
August 26, 2017

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North Country Charters
August 18, 2017

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Lots of great fishing this past week! It's certainly not over and seats are finally starting to open up a bit! Give us a call to get a trip booked ~ 1-800-770-7620

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Brooks Alaskan Adventure
August 15, 2017

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Nothing ever changes on the F/V Huntress, first day back on the job.... pretty girls, ugly dudes, and big oll shooter Hali's 

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
July 14, 2017

"Halibut fishermen in Homer are also having good success, and the top spot in the annual Homer halibut derby is up to 229 pounds. Dominique Brooks of Maryville, Tenn. landed the fish on June 16, according to an update from the Homer Chamber of Commerce, which coordinates the derby."

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Brooks Alaskan Adventure
July 14, 2017

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Beast modeF/V Huntress

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Bob's Trophy Charters
July 14, 2017

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Pictures from the overnight on the Kachemak King!

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North Country Charters
July 14, 2017

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This is what your captains do after guiding all day! Dip Netting red salmon for crazy fun... only in Alaska! ~ Capt. Ben and Capt. Jordan

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O'Fish'ial Charters
July 13, 2017

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Someone missing their goldfish?!?!

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Monster yellow eye!

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Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
July 12, 2017

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First Lefty of the Season!!
$100 Left Halibut caught by Jasen VanMieuwenhover from WI. Fish sponsored by Timer B&B. Caught with Homer Ocean Charters who also sold the Derby ticket.

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North Country Charters
July 11, 2017

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Another great day of fishing!

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Bob's Trophy Charters
July 10, 2017

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Daze Off's wonderful catch today!

Bob's Trophy Charters
July 8, 2017

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Daze off enjoying the sunny weather and nice fish!

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The Driftwood Inn
July 8, 2017

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Do you like halibut tacos or a classic fish and chips better? Fish with us today and tonight you'll be dining on an ocean delicacy.

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Bob's Trophy Charters
July 7, 2017

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Tuff stuff's catch today! Nice job guys!

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The Driftwood Inn
July 6, 2017

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Captain Shane at it again! What a great haul.

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O'Fish'ial Charters
July 6, 2017

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66" Dream Maker!

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Bob's Trophy Charters
July 5, 2017

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Great job today on the #tuffstuff. The silvers are in!!

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Great job on the Nauti Lady today! Found some Salmon!!

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Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
July 5, 2017

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July 1, 2017: $1000 tagged fish caught by Giorgio Trembly from San Carlos, CA.

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O'Fish'ial Charters
July 4, 2017

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Happy 4th everyone!

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Bob's Trophy Charters
July 3, 2017

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Tuff Stuff's catch for today!

Bob's Trophy Charters
July 2, 2017

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Daze Off's halibut, lingcod, and rock fish charter! Nice job crew!

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The Driftwood Inn
July 2, 2017

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While Homer is known worldwide as the Halibut Capitol its also where you can catch salmon, rock fish, ling cod to fill your freezer. Charters are available 7-days a week, year around.

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Bob's Trophy Charters
July 1, 2017

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Great day on the Kachemak King!! Killer combo with Lingcod, Rockfish, and Halibut! Way to go crew and anglers!!

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Looks like everyone had fun on the Tuff Stuff! They also got some good looking fish.

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Bob's Trophy Charters
June 29, 2017

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Holy cow that's a big king salmon!! Great day of fishing on the #dazeoff with Captain Mitch and Willie!!

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Great day of fishing today on the #kachemakking with Captain Mike and Avery!

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O'Fish'ial Charters
June 29, 2017

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Rockstar deckhand!

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Fish box is filling up today!

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Off to a good start!

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Bob's Trophy Charters
June 28, 2017

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A beautiful fish caught on the Nauti-Lady yesterday with Captain John and deckhands Kyle and Stormi!

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Bob's Trophy Charters
June 28, 2017

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June 29th through July 3rd numerous seats are available for Full Day Halibut and Full Day Combos. If you plan to be in Homer we just might have a seat for you available! Enjoy your 4th of July holiday weekend with some fresh halibut, lingcod or rockfish! July 1st is the Lingcod opener!

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O'Fish'ial Charters
June 27, 2017

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Big week of tides did not stop the O'Fish'ial Business from rocking some chunky halibut!

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North Country Charters
June 25, 2017

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The Storm Petrel and Julia Lynn had some great fishing today!

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Brooks Alaskan Adventure
June 24, 2017

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Smashed it clean outa the park today for these guys!!! My back hurts!! F/V Huntress baby!!! Tails up!!! We keep em grinnin so our props keep spinnin.

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Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
June 23, 2017

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Another tagged fish Derby Winner! $1000 tagged fish caught yesterday aboard the POGO with Captain Josh for Homer Ocean Charters

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O'Fish'ial Charters
June 22, 2017

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Captain David assisting in some family memory making.

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O'Fish'ial Charters
June 19, 2017

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Captain Chad stacking them up in the Cook Inlet.

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Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
June 16, 2017

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Another NEW LEADER! Dominique Brooks of Maryville, Tennessee fishing with Alaska Coastal Marine and Capt. Chris Andrews on the Nautilus 2 caught this 229.0 lb halibut.

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North Country Charters
June 16, 2017

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Captain Pete on the Julia Lynn had some fantastic fishing today!

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Homer Halibut Derby
June 15, 2017

We had our first 2017 tagged fish caught this year by Nathaniel Flynn of Rapid City, S. Dakota. Tag valued at $500.00 (Sponsored by The Sport Shed).

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Homer Halibut Derby
June 13, 2017

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Garrett Neugebauer from Bend, OR with a 200.2 lb halibut.

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Homer Halibut Derby
June 12, 2017

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 Ryan March with a 107.04 lb. 66" halibut.

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O'Fish'ial Charters
June 1, 2017

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Captain David with a 125 pounder on a trophy fish hunt today!

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O'Fish'ial Charters
May 31, 2017

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Captain David of O'Fish'ial Charters stacking the boat with healthy kings!

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O'Fish'ial Charters
May 27, 2017

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Captain Wesley and Crew member Cody of O'Fish'ial Charters with a shooter on our first long range trophy fish hunt of the year.

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Homer Halibut Derby
May 26, 2017

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Darren Benedetti (age 12) from Fairbanks, AK is in the lead with a 104.4 lb Halibut.

Fishing with Travis Blout from Homer Ocean Charters on the F/V Diamond Cape. Derby ticket sold by Homer Ocean Charters.

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Homer Halibut Derby
May 24, 2017

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Current Jackpot Leader – Eric Senger of Casa Grande, AZ. Eric is in the lead with a 93.2 lb halibut.

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2017 HOMER WINTER KING SALMON TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to our 2017 Winter King Tournament Champion Ron Johnson of Homer, with combined winnings of $48,241.50 with a 25.65 lb. White King on the Olyjohn.

The 24th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Saturday, March 25th was a huge success.  Congratulations to our 2017 Winter King Tournament Champion Ron Johnson of Homer, winning $48,241.50 with a 25.65 lb. White King. In 2016, Eric Holland of Homer, won $31,668.00 with a 26.45 lb. King. In 2015, Mike Olsen of Kodiak, AK, won $27,762.00 with a 30.40 lb. king.

Second place went to Gino Del Frate with 25.10lb king on the Big Dawg with combined winnings totaling $18,636.00. Gary Deiman took 3rd place with a 24.30lb king on the Noah James, winning $8,307.75

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Photo by Jim Lavrakas / Far North Photo

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Photo by Jim Lavrakas / Far North Photo

The tournament was postponed from Saturday, March 18th to Saturday, March 25th due to an abundance of ice in the harbor and concerns for angler safety. The following week proved to be sunny with warmer temperatures that melted much of the ice and made for a more pleasant day of fishing. The 2017 tournament had 1007 anglers, 299 boats, and 12 kayaks landing 216 fish.   

The payout this year for the top-ten winners was $56,643.75. The Boat Side Bet payout totaled $47,006.25 and with a total payout in all categories of $103,650.00!

The eleventh through twentieth place winners shared in fishing related merchandise valued at over $9,000.00. Another exciting part of the tournament was the merchandise prize give-away that took place every ten minutes over the VHF radio. Anglers registered in the tournament were automatically entered into this random drawing. Merchandise prizes were generously donated by local and national businesses valued at over $17,000.00

New to the tournament this year was online registration making it a cinch to register in addition to registration the week of the tournament at the Chamber headquarters. Also new for 2017 were live streaming results posted on www.homerwinterking.com and the general public joined in the festivities at Coal Point Trading Company on the Homer Spit. This included the fish-weigh in, beer garden, multiple food vendors, and non-profit and craft vendors.

Thanks to all our participants, volunteers and supporters that made this tournament a success. Need more info? Go to www.homerwinterking.com for more in-depth analytics of the tournament.

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Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
201 Sterling Highway
Homer, Alaska 99603
(907)235-7740
marketing@homeralaska.org
www.homeralaska.org