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May 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Port Angeles Halibut Derby expected to draw hundreds of anglers next weekend

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The biggest halibut derby is set to begin over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Port Angeles Salmon Club’s Halibut Derby is May 28-29, and covers all of Marine Catch Area 6 in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Entry fee is $40 per angler, and tickets are available online at Swain’s General Store’s website or at Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles or Friday, May 27 at the Port Angeles Yacht Club Derby Headquarters.

Largest halibut is worth $5,000, second place is $2,500 and third place is $1,500. Pay outs for largest fish goes all the way to 30th place.

All fish caught must be brought in by water to the West Boat Haven ramp and docks in Port Angeles.

Last year more than 688 anglers competed, and Ken Kirkman of Port Angeles took home the $5,000 with an 88 pound halibut. Second weighed 68 pounds, third was 64 pounds, fourth was 63 pounds and fifth was 62 pounds.

For details, call Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles at 360-452-2357.

(Photo provided by Mike Schmidt)

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