The largest fishing tournament in Los Angeles and unofficial start to the local fishing season comes to Marina del Rey for yet another year as the Halibut Derby kicks off April 29. Local anglers will compete to see their names placed atop the leader board and be awarded prizes for their catches.
The 42nd iteration of the derby — which is organized annually by Marina del Rey Anglers, or MDRA — returns to Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park for two days, April 29-30. Some circles consider the charity event as the official start of fishing season for local anglers.
As always the Halibut Derby will feature individual anglers and teams competing for multiple species of fish — not just halibut.
Money raised from the Halibut Derby will benefit MDRA’s youth fishing program, its white sea bass pens and other marine, environmental and conservation programs.
Fishing starts at sunrise on both days of the tournament. Weigh-in takes place from 12-3 p.m. on April 30. All fish must be weighed-in to be qualified for the competition.
“Judge your travel time well folks,” organizers of the derby stated. “Remember 8 knots in the outer channel, 5 knots and ‘No Wake’ inside the harbor. You need time to tie up and transport your fish up the dock.”
Attendees will be served dinner beginning at 4 p.m.; potluck items are welcome. Dinner will be served near the Mariner Statute near the docks of Burton Chace Park. The awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.
Anglers must keep fish alive with fresh seawater; participants are given a 25 percent bonus for live released fish.
The derby’s fishing seminar will be held April 27 at Burton Chace Park’s community room; the seminar begins at 7 p.m.
(Halibut Derby photo)