MARINA DEL REY — Anglers from across Southern California will enter the 39th Marina del Rey Halibut Derby — a fun-filled weekend of fishing competition, July 12.
Labeled the longest running fishing competition on the West Coast, hundreds of anglers and their families have converged on Santa Monica Bay each year for a weekend of fishing and camaraderie since 1975.
Presented by the Marina del Rey Anglers, the derby allows members of invited fishing clubs to fish for free. Side jackpot is separate.
“The club feels that it is important to continue the tradition of the Halibut Derby while also limiting our impact on the Halibut fishery,” said John Szymura, club president. “To accomplish our goals we are limiting potential entrants to club members, past participants, and their guests. We also continue to offer a 25 percent weight bonus for live released fish. It is nice to see anglers embrace the live release concept.”
Money raised in this charity event goes to help fund the Marina del Rey Youth Fishing Program and the White Seabass Grow-Out Program in Marina del Rey. Each year, Marina del Rey Anglers take more than 500 at-risk and disabled youth fishing — and Marina del Rey Anglers release 5,000 white sea bass into local waters.
The whole family can enter in the general, women’s, children’s, or team divisions. For more information, visit halibutderby.com.