Honesty Nets Disqualified Derby Fisherman $10,000

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

George Lavisseur of Valdez thought he had won the Halibut Derby. He caught a 364-pound fish. But Saturday Lavasseur was disqualified. The Derby committee interviewed Lavasseur after it received two written protests and determined he broke derby rules and had assistance.

The derby prize went to a 277.2-pound fish caught by Loren Bell of Glenallen. But Lavasseur is getting a $10,000 check from Derby officials for his honesty.

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