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    Can anyone explain what happened in the Valdez Halibut Derby? Heard on the radio that the 363 was disqualified on the last day with 2 people protesting. And reason was they violated rule 9. They tried to explain it, but wife was talking to me and missed most of it. But said that they still got a bunch of money and will get recognized as the Derby record.

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    Basically rule nine says that only one person can handle the bringing in of the fish until it reaches the side of the boat. Someone else reeled the fish for a little bit of the time which was in violation. It was never denied and when asked the person stated as much. The intent to follow the rule was there but he was disqualified from first place. But, still received an award for his honesty in the situation.

    You should look at the Fairbanks Miner for the complete story.

    http://newsminer.com/view/full_story..._most_popular1
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    I was looking in the Valdez Star online and didn't find it. Here's the article from the Miner for others to read.


    FAIRBANKS - The 363.9 pound halibut that George Levasseur of Valdez reeled in will go down in the record books as the largest sport-caught halibut in Port Valdez, but it won't win the $15,000 first prize in the Valdez Halibut Derby.

    That prize will go to Loren Bell's 277.2-pound halibut. The reason? Levasseur had help bringing in the huge halibut, a violation of derby rules. Rule No. 9 in the Valdez Fish Derbies handbook says, "Each contestant must hook, play and bring fish to the side of the boat or edge of the shore and only then may aid be received."

    Levasseur freely acknowledged he had help in bringing in the halibut on Aug. 6 aboard the Lisa Michelle. He told the committee that there was no way one person could bring in a fish of that size without help. The derby committee decided it would have to disqualify the fish because of the rule violation, but they determined Levasseur followed the intent and spirit of the Valdez Fish Derbies. He will receive $10,000 in recognition of his record-breaking halibut and his honesty and integrity.

    Unless the standings change, Bell will take home the $15,000 as the derby winner Sunday night at the Spawn 'til Dawn Derby Awards Party. Mark Sams will take home $5,000 for second place and David Bergstrom of Tok will move into the third-place spot and take home $2,000.

    Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Valdez Fish Derby disqualifies record halibut but honors angler for honesty

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    ah you posted the link while I was reading it.

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    I think it is a great they are still awarding his honesty! Great job, Nice fish!
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    Did the person who came in second (what would have been third) get their $5,000 since the person who was disqualified was removed?

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    Everyone moved up one spot. "Bell will take home the $15,000 as the derby winner Sunday night at the Spawn 'til Dawn Derby Awards Party. Mark Sams will take home $5,000 for second place and David Bergstrom of Tok will move into the third-place spot and take home $2,000."
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    Sounds like Bell was not all that happy with how things worked out form the article in the Daily News-Miner today?

    Wonder how the rules will look next year...I just wish one day I could catch a triple digit fish, derby or no derby
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