By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix og 

Nygard's 176-pounder takes lead

 

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Edward Gregorian stands with the crew of the Pursuit after catching an 84.2-pound halibut on June 4. The 12-year-old leads the Youth division of the Seward Halibut Tournament after the first week of competition.

Wayne Nygard came a long way from his home in Texas to take his shot at winning the annual Seward Halibut Tournament. Through the first week, he couldn't be happier.

A native of Fort Worth, Nygard capped the first week of action in the Seward Chamber of Commerce's month-long tournament by hauling in the largest fish. Through June 5, his catch was almost 5 pounds better than any other halibut landed.

Fishing aboard the Arctic Cat, Nygard landed a 176-pound behemoth on June 2. Through Tuesday, Seward's Barney Wolner was second in the tournament's overall standings with a fish that weighed in at 171.8 pounds.

Wolner landed his fish on June 2 while aboard the SeaQuest.

Laura White led the Women's leaderboard after the first week of action. The Wasilla angler pulled in a 92-pounder on June 4 while fishing aboard the SeaQuest.

Austin Gallardo and Edward Gregorian topped the Military and Youth division, respectively. Gallardo, who is stationed at JBEAR, took the early lead in the Military division by pulling in a 130-pound halibut on May 25. He was fishing aboard In & Out Charters' boat Nauti Girl. Gregorian, a 12-year-old from Anchorage, took the lead in the Youth classification with a catch of 84.2 pounds on June 4 while fishing aboard the Pursuit.

David Johnson was second in the Youth division with a catch that weighed in at 55 pounds.

The Seward Halibut Tournament, now in its 11th year, is scheduled to continue through the month of June. Tickets can be purchased at various businesses in the community, including, Alaska's Puffin Fishing Charters, Aurora Charters, Bay Barge Company, Captain Jack's Seafood Locker, Crackerjack Charters, Fish House, J-Dock Seafood, J-Dock Sportfishing & Charters, Miller's Landing, Saltwater Safari Company, Seward Military Resort and, also, at the the Seward Chamber of Commerce..

 

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