Joung angler Jackson Hobbs bought a $10 ticket into the "Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby" in Homer, Alaska and went fishing for halibut.
He so landed in lass than 30 minutes of fight a 335 lb Pacific halibut while fishing with "Venturess" boat with Capt. Travis Larson of Alaska Premier Sportfishing.
His big fish surpassed the previous leader by 57 pounds, and would have been big enough to win 16 of the previous 28 derbies dating to the event’s beginning in 1986. The biggest derby winner weighed 376 pounds.
If his halibut remains the leader until the finish of the derby, (15 September) Hobbs will win $10,000, plus 50 cents per derby ticket sold.
Last year’s winner received $21,280, and four years ago the payout was more than $40,000.
On board the long range vassel Excel was caught on huge size opah fish and possible world record.
The boat was fishing in 190 feet of water near San Martin Island when angler Joe Ludlow hooked and boated a massive 181 lb opah.
This big fish is 18 pounds heavier than the existing world record. The IGFA (International Game Fish Association) lists as the all-tackle world record a 163-pound opah caught in October 1998 off San Luis Obispo in Central California.
The Excel captain Justin Fleck, (www.excelsportfishing.com) said Ludlow was one of five anglers that hooked an opah at about the same time, soon after the boat had stopped over a school of yellowtail.
Most fishermen on board were fishing near the surface with bait but the five or six anglers dropped heavy lures into deeper waters, and suddenly all five were hooked into large fish that fought much differently than yellowtail.
When the first opah was spotted and identified, many customers stopped fishing and started following the five anglers around the boat.
Ludlow’s fish was the first to be brought over the rail, after a 35 minute fight.
The IGFA can take several weeks to approve or deny world-record applications.
Junior anglers dominate this week’s collection of Hot IGFA World Catches!
Angler Taylor De Shenk, age 12, caught an impressive 11.79 kg (26 lb) red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) while fishing with her father off Ponce Inlet, Florida, USA on July 25th. The young angler needed 12 minutes to subdue her potential Female Junior record, after it ate the live croaker she was fishing near the bottom. The current IGFA record is 10.97 kg (24 lb 3 oz).
On June 18th, Junior angler Kale’a Patricia Woodard potentially smashed the existing Female Junior record for white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) with a 26.02 kg (57 lb 6 oz) fish she landed off the coast of Punta Colonett, Mexico. Woodard was drifting a live squid with Capt. Ramon Avila when the fish hit, and after an 8 minute fight, Woodard had the huge seabass bested. The current record is 17.49 kg (38 lb 9 oz).
Angler Richard Hart potentially broke the All-Tackle Length record for bowfin (Amia calva) on July 18th while fly fishing Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA with local guide Drew Price. Hart was casting a custom Bow Regard fly on 6 kg (12 lb) tippet, when the mudfish aggressively hit and proceeded to put up a 15 minute fight. Once subdued, the fish was measured at 73 cm before it was released alive. The current IGFA record is 70 cm.
California angler Daniel Hadawi, age 14, caught a potential Male Junior record California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) on July 1st while fishing out of Santa Rosa, California with Capt. Tucker McCombs aboard the Thermadyne. Hadawi needed 10 minutes to land the massive 24.89 kg (54 lb 14 oz) halibut after it ate the live squid he was drifting. The current IGFA record is 24.2 kg (53 lb 6 oz).
Angler Kevin F. McGrath of Roswell, Georgia, USA, recently returned from the Northwest Territories of Canada where he caught a potential new All-Tackle Length Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus). McGrath was fishing with guide Randy Lauzon on the Kazan River, and caught the fish on August 5th while fly casting a custom “Chernobyl Ant” fly. McGrath needed seven minutes to land the beautiful 48 cm grayling, which was released alive after the proper documentation. The current IGFA record is 45 cm.