ANGLER TIM SHERIDAN of Venice hoists his winning 33.5-pound halibut catch at the Marina del Rey Halibut Derby.

ANGLER TIM SHERIDAN of Venice hoists his winning 33.5-pound halibut catch at the Marina del Rey Halibut Derby.

Venice angler Tim Sheridan reeled in a 33.5-pound catch to win the top prize at the 38th Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby, held June 8 and 9.
As the first-place winner Sheridan earned a trip to Sitka Point Lodge in Alaska.
He beat out Paul Thompson, who caught a 32.875-pound halibut to win a tuna trip and third-place finisher Zigmond Fayani with a 26-pound halibut catch, winning a white seabass trip.
Marina Del Rey Anglers, the group that presents the derby, donated the live fish weighed in to Hubbs-Seaworld fish hatchery in Carlsbad. The group says the derby has been a vital source of information to scientists on local halibut populations.
The event also funds a major youth fishing activity of Marina Del Rey Anglers, which plans to take between 550 and 600 kids fishing for free this summer on the local party boat the Betty-O. As part of the program, club members ride along as mentors and teach the children about the ocean environment and good sportsmanship when fishing.
“I was impressed by the nice quality fish that came in. Many of the fish that came in alive were big enough to really be valuable to the hatchery. I’m stoked about that,” Halibut Derby Chairman John Szymura said of the event.
He estimated that the prizes awarded and raffles won easily topped $20,000 in total value.
The top female angler entrant was Stacy Dumais, who caught a 9.7-pound rockfish. The top two youths also got trophies and prizes. Michael Uchio was the first-place youth finisher with a 5.1-pound rockfish and Finley Wyatt was second with a 2.76-pound calico that was released.
The winning team was Jim Williams and Greg Busby, who weighed in four fish at 12, 18.9, 18.4 and 8.4 pounds over the two days.

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