Halibut derby winners from left to right are: Matt Gillie

Halibut derby winners from left to right are: Matt Gillie

One big fish

Winners of the Sooke Halibut Festival and Derby pose with their fish.

  • Mar. 28, 2012 8:00 a.m.

annual Sooke Halibut Festival and Derby stand by their 119.8 pound halibut caught west of Jordan River.

The winning fish brought $4,000 into the pockets of the four-man team.

 

Money from the derby was donated to Charter’s River Salmon Interpretive Centre, and a $1,000 donation was given to the Sooke Food Bank as well as over 100 pounds of halibut.

 

Ron Larson from The Q was emcee for the event and handed out prizes to the top 10 fishing groups, along with hidden weight and food bank prizes.

 

The weather on Saturday was brutal with the northeast wind, although the skies were sunny. Sunday proved to be a nicer day, good for those who gave it a shot.

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