Each year in Seward, Alaska, an intense competition takes place upon Seward’s fish-filled waters. The Seward Halibut Tournament is a month long derby to see who can bring in the biggest halibut. This year’s tournament had over 60 boats competing and the stakes were high. Many charter boats put their clients on great fish all season, but it takes a special fish to place in this tournament.
Capt. Andy Mezirow of Crackerjack Sportfishing Charters has been on a roll, winning three of the last four tournaments. Capt. Andy said, “ I thought I had it won two days before it was over when I killed an 80″ fish that had an empty stomach and weighed in at 250.9. That put me in second for three hours until the young Captain Elf on the Grand Slam came in with a 259. First time ever a fish that big didn’t even take a daily prize.
Elf – Jacob Effen was a great competitor and at 24 years old is sure to win this tournament in the future. He brought his young energy to the fishing grounds everyday, as the tournament brings out the best in our fishing fleet.
Then on the last day, with the hard work of his fellow crew, Capt. John Mcleod and Oksana Skolnaja, a Russian client aboard the Crackerjack Voyager bowed up on a big fish. After an epic battle, the 312-pound tournament winner was shot, gaffed and slid through the transom door. Victory celebrations were commenced at the sight of this barn door halibut on the deck.
Check out the video to see it all go down.
“This win was the sweetest of the three victories, and my crew worked very hard to make this happen”
Capt. Andy said.
Congrats from BD on another monster fish and a well deserved win!