Record-breaking 374-pound Halibut caught in Valdez Fishing Derby

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 10:11 PM AKDT
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On Sunday, a new record was set in the Valdez Fishing Derby.

Valdez resident, Frieda Wiley, spent 45 minutes reeling in a 374-pound Halibut that not only made her the new leader in the Derby, but it is also the largest Halibut on record in the history of the Valdez Halibut Derby.

Wiley was originally planning to go fishing for Silver Salmon, but when her husband had to cancel, she took his place on the boat which led to her bringing in the 7-and a half-foot monster fish.

This bumps Fairbanks' Tim Stadtmiller down to second place in the overall Halibut Derby Standings with his 266-pounder that he reeled in on June 19th.

Wasilla's Daniel Schmitz is in third with his 176-pound Halibut.

The Weekly Winners from July 30th to August 5th were Valdez's Stephen Brewi with a 122.6-pound Halibut and David Vlieger from Minnesota with a 101-pounder.

In the Silver Salmon Derby, Fayetteville, Georgia's Cole Baxter is still in first place with his 15.6-pound Silver.

Fairbanks' own H. Charles Sparks is in second place with a 14 and-a-half-pound salmon and Jerrett Lewis From Gulf Breeze Florida is in third with a 14.3-pounder.

These derbies give away a 15,000 dollar prize to the top overall finisher, 5,000 dollars for 2nd and 2,000 dollars for third place.

The Women's Silver Salmon Derby will take place this Saturday with an opening ceremony on Friday Night.

Time is running out to get in on the action down south as there is less than a month left in these contests.

Both the Silver Salmon and Halibut derbies run until September 3rd.