halibutThere has been a good amount of speculation (mostly doubt) about whether the annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby will happen this year. Word on the street was that it would be cancelled for lack of interest, but Marina del Rey Anglers President John Szynura said this week that the event has only been postponed.

Though the derby was expected to take place in June, Szynura said July 12 has become the tentative date for local anglers to take to the ocean in pursuit of that prized fish.

Szynura said he’s regretful for the uncertainty and delay, citing a lack of manpower within the organization, but is looking forward to taking a fresh approach to this year’s tournament — including its first ever free-entry contest.

“We’re looking to do a free-entry tournament to boost the numbers back up,” said Szynura. “We’re trying to think outside the box and reenergize the event.”

The Marina del Rey Anglers are also trying to revive sponsorship that would once again allow the contest to offer a new car as a prize for an especially large catch.

For more information, email johns@mdranglers.com.