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Old 05-17-2010, 23:52   #1
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Halibut Fishing for Veterans

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Charter boat captains to offer veterans free halibut trips

WHITTIER -- A Whittier charter boat fishing captain is organizing another Alaska fishing tournament aimed at helping veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and during Desert Storm.

Charter boat captains from Homer, Whittier and Valdez will join forces in the Alaskan Veterans Fishing Tournament next year to offer free halibut trips for veterans. Organizer Jack Roskind of Knot Roughin' It Charters said 40 charters have already pledged support. He expects others to join before the May 21 event.

Roskind and Kurt Schwab, national director of Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, hope more than 500 veterans will get a free day on the water.

Earlier this year in Seward, Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament attracted nearly 400 veterans for a day of halibut fishing out of Resurrection Bay with about 30 boats donating their services. That tournament, billed by organizers as the biggest in the country of its kind, was in its third year. A 183-pound fish earned the top spot.

"The fact was that one community, Seward, was doing something for the military," Roskind said. "We wanted to all join together."

Roskind said he hopes the similar tournaments will join forces in 2011.

In addition to the fishing, a benefit concert is planned for the night before featuring Nashville musician Lucas Hoge and actress Laura Lynn. Both have toured military installations in Iraq, Kuwait and Kosovo.

"Our goal is to provide help, support and direction for all returning veterans," Schwab said in a press release. "Today, we hear of veterans committing suicide because they are unable to cope with their families, their friends, or general living due to always being on edge. We want to help them cope."
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Wishing them fair weather and fantastic fishing.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:56   #2
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Wishing them fair weather and fantastic fishing.

This is good..

Few things were organized 40 yrs ago,, mainly it was VVAW and John Kerry..

Makes a FOG smile..
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Old 05-20-2010, 13:42   #3
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Good for them! There are some big halibut up there . Few fish eat better than Halibut.

"Wrapped in cornmeal then fried in butter, it tastes sweeter than the kisses of Esmeralda." Richard Brautigan in "Trout Fishing in America"
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Old 05-23-2010, 15:09   #4
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248 pound halibut

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248-pounder is new leader

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May 23rd, 2010 12:16 AM

A first-time halibut fisherman from Elmendorf Air Force Base took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby by hauling in a 248-pound fish Saturday while participating in the Veterans Halibut Fishing Tournament.

Skip Torres needed about 45 minutes to bring in the fish, which he caught with Capt. Keith Kalke of Ocean Hunters Charters.

Torres replaces New Mexico angler Cassandra Keyes atop the summer-long derby's leaderboard. Keyes took the lead earlier this month with a 199.4-pound flatfish.

History indicates a bigger fish will eventually knock Torres out of first place. Last year's $40,400 jackpot went to Homer fisherman Thomas Youngblood, whose winner weighed in at 355 pounds.

The derby began in late April and runs through the end of September. Tickets are available daily at the harbor derby booth.
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Looks like the fishing was great for our veterans.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:07   #5
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RE: Halibut

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Good for them! There are some big halibut up there . Few fish eat better than Halibut.

"Wrapped in cornmeal then fried in butter, it tastes sweeter than the kisses of Esmeralda." Richard Brautigan in "Trout Fishing in America"
I agree with you on the taste and eating them. My wife loves fish, so; I bought her fresh halibut early this month. She loved it. We also get sushi grade Tuna at a store here that I really like.
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Old 06-04-2010, 13:27   #6
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I was a plant manager for a seafood company here in SoCal. We specialized in breaded and battered seafood. Our shrimp was exceptional but our beer battered halibut was beyond compare.
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