The Seward Halibut Tournament was more competitive than ever! Captains were swinging for the fence for the entire month and there were some monsters caught. Captain Chris Boyd had five daily winners this month followed closely by Jacob Effen on the Grand Slam, Captain Andy Mezirow on the Crackerjack Voyager and Steve Zernia of the Pursuit. Ryan Rogers from the One Day had only one daily winner and on June 20th he weighed in a 260 pound monster. Seven days later the Crackerjack Voyager weighed in a 80” halibut that looked like it might be a repeat of last year’s victory, but that fish was a little smaller at 250 pounds. Amazingly Captain Elf on the Grand Slam weighed in a 259 pound fish for second place at the time.
On the last day of the Tournament it looked like it would be The One Day, Grand Slam and Crackerjack Voyager as the finalists in the money. Captain Andy Mezirow had other plans and defended his 2013 victory by delivering a 312 pound monster to be weighed in on the last day of the tournament. That makes his streak of guiding anglers to the grand prize three of the last four years. The last minute victory, will surely fuel the fire of others to try even harder next year. The tournament has come to represent camaraderie, and friendly competition for a number of charter operators and private boaters in town and creates a great environment for visiting fishermen too.
All participating tournament captains were eligible for a Captains Prize. This year, Matt Rutz on the Servant won a round trip ticket anywhere Alaska Airlines files.
Daniel Watson from Minnesota got lucky while fishing with Semaka Charters. Dan reeled in a Seward.com tagged fish worth a cool $500 on June 10th. Find a complete list of winners on the Halibut Tournament page on seward.com.
|2014 Daily Winners:|
|1-Jun||134.2||Patrick Hankins||Tia Rose|
|2-Jun||109.6||Alexandra Thompson||Grand Slam|
|3-Jun||130.8||Adrian Villarreau||CrackerJack Voyager|
|4-Jun||119.6||Jim Provercal||Grand Slam|
|5-Jun||120.8||Alejandra Davila||CrackerJack Voyager|
|7-Jun||46.8||David Loy||Sea Quest|
|8-Jun||114.2||Josephine Lekse||CrackerJack Voyager|
|9-Jun||145.2||Terry Gonsalves||Tia Rose|
|10-Jun||122.8||Lynn Kiser||Arctic Cat|
|12-Jun||90.8||Denise Engels||Noble Eagle|
|13-Jun||97.4||Laura Stannley||Tia Rose|
|14-Jun||171.6||Greg Caldwell||Sea Quest|