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Brothers Team Up To Tackle Derby

Two Brothers


Two Days


Two Halibut


Two 200 Pounders

Brothers team up to tackle derby
By McKibben Jackinsky
Homer Tribune

  Learning from someone else's mistake could have been a valuable lesson for brothers Terry and Bob O'Brien, of New Jersey. In Homer for the halibut, they each decided to purchase a $10 Homer Chamber of Commerce Jackpot Halibut Derby ticket after Doug Judge, charter captain of The Restless, related another fisherman's sad tale.
  "On June 20, I had someone catch a 310-pound halibut, but didn't have a ticket," said Judge, who has been a charter captain for 15 years. Of the six fishermen on the boat that day, five purchased tickets. The sixth fisherman saved $10, but lost a shot at the prize money. That was all the O'Briens needed to convince them to enter the derby.
  While fishing with Judge on July 14, Terry O'Brien reeled in a 208-pound halibut. Back out on the water the following day, Bob one-upped his brother with a 217.2-pounder, missing out on the month's prize money by just a few ounces.
  The chamber sells an estimated 17,000 derby tickets every year for the May 1-Sept. 30 event. Out of each $10 ticket, $2.75 goes toward prize money for the biggest haIibut and 25 cents per ticket goes to the captain of the boat catching the prize-winning fish.

Reprinted Courtesy of Homer Tribune
July 21st, 2004


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