Halibut Derby

12th Annual HALIBUT DERBY Starts Nov 2019

New flyer coming soon – but reserve now!

Two Ways to Enter


  1. Halibut Drift Days: Fridays and/or Sundays 7:00am – 4:00pm. Limited load 25 passengers. $69 per person, $5 entry fee included in price. These are specific halibut drift trips that solely target halibut. Final Drift is Sunday, April 7th, 2019. (No discounts of any kinds accepted on drift trips.)
  2. Enter on any open party 1/2 or 3/4 day trip! Cost is $5 and will be taken at time of check-in. Entry must be paid before boat departs. An entry is only valid for the day it is purchased. To enter on a different day, an additional entry ticket must be purchased. (Charters not allowed in Derby.)

PAST HALIBUT DERBY WINNERS:

2019 – Brian Dancer 26.625lbs
2018 – David Sluder 36.9lbs
2017 – David Mendez 32lbs
2016 – Jerry Boston 23.5lbs
2015 – Norm Bell 21.14lbs
2014 – Stephen Green 40.11
2013 – Mark Piercy 37.5lbs
2012 – Peggy Stein 43.10lbs ***still largest fish ever in the derby
2011 – Mike Knudtson 43.8lbs
2010 – Paul Pappas- 31.14lbs
2009 – Jerry Vyhnis-32.2lbs

$1,500 Winner of the 2019 Halibut Derby: Brian Dancer – 26lbs 10oz

Another $1,600 was paid out to the remaining top 4:

2nd place Cher Owens – 25lbs 10oz (11/2/2018)
3rd place JB Delvert – 23lbs 9oz (12/9/2018)
4th place Robert Prei – 22lbs 14oz (11/25/2018)
5th place Tony Garrido – 22lbs 7oz (12/7/2018)

Brian Dancer - winner of 2019 Halibut Derby

$1500 Winner of the 2019 Halibut Derby – Brian Dancer

Leaderboard 2018-2019

12th Annual HALIBUT DERBY Starts Nov 2019

Congratulations, Brian Dancer – He won 1st place in the 2018/2019 Halibut Derby!
His 26.625 lb fish caught in February held the top spot and was the derby winner. He took home $1,500. Another $1,600 was paid out to the remaining top 4 fish.

Thanks to our sponsors

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Two Ways to Enter

Halibut Derby


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. Final Drift is Sunday, April 7th 2019.

New flyer coming soon but reserve now!

Fishing Trips


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.

 

About Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.

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