Time is running out to sign up for the 32nd Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd.

The Marina del Rey Halibut Derby is considered one of the oldest and largest fishing tournaments on the coast of California.

Entry forms are available at local tackle shops and at

www.halibutderby.com

Anglers can also register at the last-minute sign-up station from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 27th to 31st, at the Burton Chace Park recreation center in Marina del Rey.

Entry fees are $75 for adults and $35 for youths under 16, and include a deluxe barbecue dinner and a door prize raffle ticket for an awards event. More than $60,000 worth of prizes will be available.

“The excitement for this annual event is building, and we expect this year’s extravaganza to be even bigger and better than last year’s,” Marina del Rey Anglers president Ken Raymond said. “I’m excited and optimistic by some of the reports of big halibut being caught just a stone’s throw away from the Marina del Rey breakwater.”

The team competition entry fee is an additional $20 per individual. Teams may be comprised of two to four anglers and they do not necessarily have to fish from the same boat.

Proceeds from entry fees go directly to support the Marina del Rey Anglers Youth Fishing program and the club’s Ocean Resources Enhancement Program, which raises and releases juvenile white sea bass to help the species reestablish itself as a major Southern California fishery.

The group released over 2,800 juvenile white sea bass back into the wild.

Marina del Rey Anglers took over 1,100 children from at risk communities on fishing trips last year.

“Putting this event together is a ton of work, but seeing the smiles on these kids’ faces and knowing that we are enhancing the population and viability of our local white sea bass fishery makes it all worthwhile,” Halibut Derby chairman Bob Kissling said.

“The prizes this year also promise to be pretty spectacular,” he said.

Prizes for this year’s derby include fishing trips to the East Cape, Mazatl·n, Alaska and other resorts, fishing trips on Southern California sports boats, and top quality rods, reels and other tackle.

One lucky angler could receive a brand new 2006 Toyota Tundra Truck for the heaviest halibut over 53 pounds.

Angler John Romanak won a fully paid one-week fishing vacation last year to Punta Colorada on the East Cape, Baja California, after catching a 33-pound halibut.

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Lambert swept the youth division at last year’s competition and earned a world record for juniors for his 36-pound fish.

Information about becoming a Marina del Rey Anglers member or on the Halibut Derby, (818) 991-3122, lvprint@aol.com or

www.halibutderby.com

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