Anglers will compete for the title of “biggest catch” when the 38th Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby takes place June 8 and 9.
Hosted by Marina del Rey Anglers, the derby is billed as Los Angeles’ largest salt water angling tournament.
“The halibut are bouncing back and a lot of fun fishing is expected,” said Marina del Rey Anglers club president Keith Lambert. “The most recent years have seen a resurgence of fish in our local waters. We are keeping the derby in June to take advantage of the peak time of the year for many of our local species.”
The derby provides weight bonuses for caught and released fish, allowing anglers without the heaviest catches to take home the prizes.
Last year Daniel Ahman captured first place with his halibut that was given the 20 percent bonus for a net weight of 48.8 pounds.
Marina del Rey Anglers is a fishing and conservation group and a nonprofit organization. The money raised from the derbies has funded the club’s youth fishing program, its White Seabass Pens in Marina del Rey and various other marine environmental and conservation programs.
In addition to the general entry competition there will also be team, women’s, and kids’ divisions.
Sign-up information will soon be available on the event website at