Congratulations David Mendez – He won 1st place in the 2016/2017 Halibut Derby!
His 32 lb fish caught in November held the top spot and was the derby winner and he took home $1,500 for it (pictured below left). Another $1,600 was paid out to the remaining top 4 fish.
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Our 2017-2018 Halibut Derby season is dedicated to the memory of Paul Pappas. Paul only fished Halibut and has fished all 9 seasons with us. He will be missed by the crew, anglers and the Dana Wharf family.
The 25 anglers on the derby leaderboard were out on the Clemente fishing for the remaining $500 in prize money for biggest halibut caught last derby. Winning fish in the derby fish-off was 11lbs and was caught by angler Fred Erdman (pictured above right).
These are special extended halibut drift trips that will specifically drift for halibut. Fridays and/or Sundays 7:00am – 4:00pm. Limited load to 25 passengers. Cost is $69 per person, $5 entry included in price. First Drift is Sunday, November 5th 2017.
Cost to enter is $5 and will be taken at time of check-in. Entry must be paid for before boat departs. An entry is only valid for the day it is purchased. To enter on a different day, an addition entry ticket must be purchased.
Please read the full rules and eligibility requirements. Please note rules are subject to change.
View or download the 2017 Halibut Derby flyer and rules
*Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult on either the Halibut Drift Days or when buying a Halibut ticket on a 1/2 day or 3/4 day.
The Dana Wharf Halibut Derby Fish Off will be a FREE trip for the top 25 anglers who catch the top 25 halibut (by weight) between November 1st, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The trip will be rescheduled if there is poor weather.
This seems to be a pretty popular set up among our anglers. There are quite a few variations of this set up. I prefer the reverse dropper loop set-up with a 3 or 4 oz. torpedo sinker. This means short sinker leader with a longer 24 leader to the hook. The stinger hook set up is probably the best. Snell in a regular 1/0 hook about 10• from the end of the leader (this distance really depends on the size of the bait that is being used). Then tie a treble hook on the tag end of the leader to act as the stinger hook. You then hook the 1/0 hook through the nose of the bait and the treble hook down by the anal fin of the bait with 2 of the 3 hooks exposed. A vast majority of the halibut I’ve seen caught have jus the stinger hook in its mouth. Pretty effective.
Drifting is typically the best “method” as you can cover some water. But you can however have some success if you have this type of set up and try fishing different areas of the boat and not just fishing in the same spot on the boat.
This picture shows all kinds of crazy stuff like swivels and beads. There are now 3 line connections that can fail. It’s not really necessary. Some people swear by it, I think if you can tie a decent knot on your dropper loop than a swivel is not necessary. If you feel more comfortable with tying the same knot on all the connections to the swivel then go for it. It’s all preference.
~ Brian (Capt. Of the Sum Fun)
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