The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Aalund takes lead into tournament's final days


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Ermagene Aalund stands with the 232.2-pound halibut she caught recently while participating in the annual Seward Halibut Tournament. The Fullerton, California, angler leads the overall tournament heading into the final week of competition.

Ermagene Aalund woke up Monday morning knowing she was just a few days away from earning the rights to a huge fish story. Except that in this story there would be no fabrication.

Heading into the final week of the 2017 Seward Halibut Tournament, the Fullerton, Calif., angler holds the top spot on the leaderboard with a 232.2-pound catch. She caught the fish on June 15 aboard Aurora Charters' boat Orion.

Overall, Aalund's halibut is the largest fish caught in tournament play on the lower Kenai Peninsula this season. The largest fish taken in the Homer Jackpot Derby was a 229-pounder caught last week by Dominique Brooks of Maryville, Tennessee.

The leaderboard in the annual tournament didn't have too many changes this past week. As of Sunday, June 25, only one significant change had occurred as Seward's Jack Gunter vaulted to second place in the tournament standings with his 229.6-pound catch. He also leads the highly competitive youth division.

On June 20, Coplay, Pennsylvania, angler Brian Warmkessel managed to move into third place. While fishing aboard the Pursuit, he landed a 177-pounder.

His halibut weighed 1 pound more than that of former tournament leader Wayne Nygard of Fort Worth, Texas.

According to chamber officials almost 2,000 anglers have entered the tournament this season.

The 2017 Seward Halibut Tournament is scheduled to run through 11:59 p.m. on June 30.


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