The Derby Is Back


The Derby is back to a full two-day event with big prizes. Marina Del Rey Anglers members present the 40th Annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby taking place on April 18 and 19, 2015, at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey.

The charity fishing event — now open to more than just halibut and back to a two-day format — is what starts the fishing season for many local fishermen. With big prizes — first place gets a trip to fish in Alaska — the fishermen and fisherwomen take the event seriously but still have a lot of fun. Many look forward to the awards party with its super raffle full of fishing gear. But at the start, they all set out to win the top prizes.

1st Place: 3 Days + 4 Nights + Airfare to Sitka Point Lodge, Alaska
2nd Place: 5 Days + 4 Nights + Airfare to La Paz with Tailhunter International Sportfishing
3rd Place: 2.5-Day Tuna Trip Aboard the Eclipse, Aug, 13-16, 2015
4th Place: 1-Day Guided Coastal Trip with Pro Angler Benny Florentino
Teams compete for a cash jackpot and entrants compete for side jackpots as well.

The Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby is Los Angeles’ largest and longest-standing fishing tournament. Individual anglers and teams will compete in a multispecies fishing competition with a conservation bonus. Proceeds from the event help fund the Marina Del Rey Anglers Youth Fishing and White Sea Bass Grow Out programs.

In addition to supporting the club’s programs, entrants will also have the opportunity to give back to the environment. Hubbs Sea World Research Institute will be on site collecting live halibut for brood stock in their breeding program. The weight bonus for turning in a live halibut is 25 percent, to encourage the proliferation of the species. The California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will also be on site to collect data on the local halibut population.

There will be a dinner party and awards ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at Burton Chace Park. Participating anglers will enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco cart provided by El Tapatio catering. This party at the end is where fish stories are shared and the winners cheered.

All entrants are encouraged to attend the Pre-Derby Seminar, which is one week before the Derby, Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Burton Chase Park community room. The seminar will feature a special guest speaker giving tips on fishing for halibut and the other target species available in Santa Monica Bay.

For more information, contact Halibut Derby Chairman John Szymura at johns@mdranglers or 424-229-1890, or visit