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By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Halibut tourney finishes big

 

Erin Lemas | Seward Chamber of Commerce

David Law and Captain Andy Mezirow flank the tourney-winning 211-pound halibut landed by Law aboard Mezirow’s Crackerjack Voyager.

After a couple of sedate weeks with a few medium size landings, the 2013 Seward Halibut Tournament went into overdrive down to the wire. With two simultaneous catches on June 27, the former leaderboard top spots went overboard in favor of a 204.2-pound specimen bagged by James Boyer of Reno, Nev. on Alaskan Adventures’ Tia Rose, as well as a the new second place 176.8 pound fish wrangled aboard Alaska Northern Outfitters’ SeaQuest by Krystyna Markiewics of Anchorage.

On June 29, the day before the close of the tourney, David Law of Maryville, Tenn. weighed in a 211-pounder caught aboard the Crackerjack Voyager to assume the lead. Andy Mezirow, captain of the Voyager, says getting a later start on the larger halibut was fairly predictable. He attributes the success to a recent minus tide ushering in sizeable catches as the big halibut rode into Resurrection Bay on a path of least resistance.

This year’s winner was caught aboard Mezirow’s boat at the same spot as a 337-pound monster another client on the Voyager hooked two years ago. “It’s just being in the right place at the right time,” he said humbly.

Of the tagged fish released into the bay, one came back during the competition. Rex Dale of Lenoir City, Tenn., bagged the Chattermark Restaurant-sponsored prize and received $250. The tagged halibut was caught aboard the Crackerjack Voyager, putting Crackerjack Sportfishing Charters on top of the charter operators game for the tourney.

 

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