This year's 36th annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby is scheduled for June 9 and 10.
The last couple of years have seen an enormous volume of bait and a resurgence of game fish in the Bay. Last year's white seabass schools and catches reflect a recent historical high and bodes well for the future of the species, the local fishery and the MDR Halibut (and other species) Derby.
“We expect a great turn-out this year," said Gerson in a statement. "Tell all your friends, organize your teams and tail gate parties and come out and have a blast. Local anglers are always looking for an excuse to get out on the water, and this will be the perfect opportunity to kick off the summer fishing season, catch some fish, win some awesome prizes and have a ball."
The derby will continue the tradition of including additional species in addition to the beloved halibut and will also provide weight bonuses for caught and released fish.
All derby entrants will get a limited edition derby shirt, discount membership to the MDR Anglers as well as some nice goodie bags which alone will make the derby worth their while.
Sign up information is on www.HalibutDerby.com. You can also sign up at the Derby Seminar on May 10.
Marina del Rey Anglers is a fishing and conservation group and a non profit 501(c)3 organization. The money raised from the derbies has funded the club's MDRA Youth Fishing Program, its White Seabass Pens in Marina Del Rey and various other critical marine environmental and conservation programs. It hosts over 500 children from at-risk environments and future anglers to fishing trips each summer and has released nearly 100,000 white seabass from its WSB grow out pens in Marina Del Rey. It also sponsors fun fishing charters and welcomes new members and donations.