While his 236.2lb halibut was the biggest this year, it was the smallest winner in the derby’s 27-year history.
There have only been three other years with winners less than 300lbs, in 2010 Jamie Lynn Olvera of Fairbanks won with a 277lb catch, and in 1989, William Lawrence of Anchorage took first place with a 275lb flatfish. In 1988, Vince DeGeorge of California won with 262lbs.
But although the overall size was down, the Derby saw a record number of tagged fish brought in. 29 fish were caught with a total value of $18,000.