Brandon Hayward, a noted saltwater fishing authority and author, will be the guest speaker at the Halibut Fishing Seminar to help anglers prepare for the annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby.

The seminar is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11th at the recreation room at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

Hayward is the saltwater editor for Western Outdoor News and the assistant editor for Western Outdoors. He holds a 100-ton master’s license from the United States Coast Guard, and spent over 1,000 days working on San Diego sportboats such as the Excel, Pacific Queen, First String and Producer before starting his career as an outdoor writer/editor.

Hayward is currently working on his first book entitled “The Southern Angler,” a how-to guide on Southern California sportfishing.

“It’s great to share information with anglers that helps them catch more fish and enjoy their time on the water more,” notes Hayward.

Hayward will provide a complete “how to” instruction for catching trophy halibut at the seminar.

The 35th Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, April 4th and 5th. Hundreds of anglers are expected to compete for over $65,000 in cash and prizes. Raffle items include deluxe fishing vacations to Sitka Point Lodge and River’s Inlet Sportsman’s Club, Hotel Punta Colorada, fishing trips on the Vagabond and other boats, as well as a chance at a brand new Toyota Tundra truck from Marina del Rey Toyota.

“This 35th anniversary of the MdR Halibut Derby is going to be very special,” said Marina del Rey Anglers president Kenneth Raymond. “I’ve been involved with this halibut derby for over ten years and it just keeps on getting better and better.

“You’ve got to get out here and experience it. Plus, it gives you a great feeling knowing 100 percent of the proceeds go to youth fishing programs and critical marine conservation projects.”

Sportfishing boats, including the Betty-O out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing will dedicate the weekend to the halibut derby. Kayakers and float tubers also take part in the derby.

The Marina Halibut Derby is considered one of the largest fishing tournaments on the West Coast. Two full days of fishing are followed by an awards dinner and prize ceremony. All proceeds go to fund the Marina Anglers’ youth fishing program and the White Seabass Ocean Enhancement Program.

Information, www.halibutderby.com/ or Bob Kissling at halibutderby@aol.com/.

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