Sport-fishermen will compete to catch the biggest fish at the 38th annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby that will take place June 8 and 9.
In 2012, the largest fish caught was a 46.6 pound seabass, although first place was awarded to Daniel Ahman, who received a 20 percent weight credit, that bumped him up to 48.8 pounds, for releasing his fish.
"Marina del Rey Anglers is a sport fishing club that supports all conservation efforts and responsible fishing,” said derby Chairman John Szymura. “We will continue to provide weight bonuses for caught and released fish and also include species that are more abundant.”
Last year’s first place winner was awarded over $1,000 in prize money and a 4-night stay and 2-day fishing trip in Mexico.
“The halibut are bouncing back and a lot of fun fishing is expected,” said MDRA club President, Keith Lambert. “The most recent years have seen a resurgence of fish in our local waters. We are keeping the derby in June to take advantage of the peak time of the year for many of our local species.
Sign up information will be available on the club’s website, www.HalibutDerby.com. Entrants will receive a free t-shirt, discount membership to the MDRA club and a few goodie-bags.
Proceeds from the derby typically help fund youth fishing programs in Marina del Rey as well as conservation programs.