Nevada Woman Takes Lead in Homer Halibut Derby

Nevada angler Cheryl Goeke landed a 250.6-pound halibut Thursday to grab the top spot in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Goeke’s fish, caught with captain Jim Craddock of Big Bear Halibut Charters, edged former derby leader Staff Sgt. Jesus Torres of Elmendorf Air Force Base by 2.6 pounds. Torres had held the top spot since May 21. A woman has not claimed the overall Homer derby title since Yolanda McCarter of California captured the 1993 title with a 308-pound halibut. Three other fish weighing more than 130 pounds were landed Thursday, with Dixie Lee Micke of California grabbing second place in the monthly competition with a 184.4-pounder. Alaska’s richest fishing derby continues through the end of September. The winner last year earned about $40,400.
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