2015 Valdez Fish Derbies Comes to an End

296.2 - Brad Burch - Clackamas, OR - 8-26 - Magic Dragon 

Brad Burch with his winning 296.2 lb halibut

VALDEZ, Alaska – Brad Burch of Clackamas Oregon reeled in a 296.2 pound halibut August 26th aboard the Magic Dragon to take the lead in the Valdez Halibut Derby and on that day he said he thought he was going to win the derby. Burch was well aware of the $15,000 first place prize in the Halibut Derby and said he knew from looking at the record books that his was a big enough fish to hold on to the end. Before his halibut was cut into pieces Burch knew what he would do with the money. “I will give some to the Captain and pay off some of my bills” he said.  Fred Hyder of Willow Alaska took 2nd place and won $5,000 cash in the Valdez Halibut Derby with a 253.8 pound halibut he caught July 10th aboard the Jaime Lynn. Joe Sharp of Whitesville, New York took 3rd place and $2,000 cash in the halibut derby with a 226.6 pound halibut he caught August 26th aboard the Jaime Lynn.

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