Changes are coming to the Homer Fishing Derby. Spokesman Monte Davis says they want to make certain the fish caught in the derby are documented, but then released.
He also explained how the prizes have changed.
Davis said they aren’t concerned about fishermen bringing in halibut that weigh over 200 to 225 pounds. Their major concern is fishermen bringing in too many of the fish that can win third and fourth place. Those fish generally weigh around 175 pounds; and, those halibut are the prime breeding stock. The grand prize has changed, this year. $10,000 will go to the fisherman who catches the biggest halibut of the season. Others will win prizes for catching tagged fish.