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By Tommy Wells
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Idaho angler lands largest halibut of the season in Homer


August 10, 2017 | View PDF

Sam Mills, of St. Maries, Idaho, took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby recently with this 240-pound catch. The fish is the largest caught in derby action this season, edging out the 232.2-pound behemoth landed by Ermagene Aaland in June that won the Seward Halibut Tournament.

Heading into the final days of the 2017 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, the rest of the field is looking up at a new leader.

Sam Mills took over the top spot in the standings in the tournament a few days ago when he landed a 240-pound fish. The St. Maries, Idaho, angler caught the fish on July 27 while fishing aboard the Nautilus 2 with Captain Chris Archer.

Mills' catch easily vaulted him into the top spot on the Jackpot leaderboard. His catch weighed 11 pounds more than the previous leader's mark. Dominique Brooks, of Maryville, Tenn., had held the top spot for more than a month with a 229-pound haul on June 16.

The state's longest derby, the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby will run through Sept. 15, 2017.

Mills' catch gives him the honor of landing the largest halibut in the region this season. His catch edged out Ermagene Aaland's 232.2-pound fish, which won the Seward Halibut Deby in June. Aaland landed her catch on June 15 while fishing in the month-long Seward event aboard Aurora Charters' boat Orion.


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