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Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 8 of WON Big Fish Challenge brings three new leaders
Top spot in dorado category remains unclaimed with two weeks to go

THIS 25.7-POUND YELLOWTAIL moved into the top spot of that species category in the WON Big Fish Challenge. It was caught by Bill Gehring aboarf the Pacific Islander and weighed in at CISCOS. A new halibut and lingcod leader were also caught in week 8.

Soooo, anyone fishing where you might run into a dorado?

With week 8 of the WON Big Fish Challenge in the rearview mirror and less than two weeks to go, the dorado category lies vacant. That means, you could catch a 5 pounder and win an insane grand prize package for having the biggest representative for a species category at the end of the season for no other reason than no one else weighed one in. That being said, some of the other fish holding the top spots in a species category are very beatable.

The six overall winners in each category when the challenge ends will receive: $500 cash from Yamaha, an Avet reel, Cousins rod, Costa sunglasses, a Global Fish Mount of your winning fish, Plano tackle bag, Foodsaver Titanium G800, 12 spools of Hi-Seas fluoro, three spools of Izorbraid, five bulk spools of Ande mono, a Gamakatsu hook assortment, lifetime pass to the Fred Hall Shows, one-year subscription to 976-bite AND Terrafin, and overnight trip, jewelry from Jon Petty Goldsmith, an 85-quart Esky cooler, $500 gift certificate to Marine Service, $150 in Fishworks clothing and an event-specific Studio Abachar print commemorating your winning catch.

A trio of fish occupying the top spots were bumped off in week 8. The 40-pound halibut caught by kayak angler Jorge Villegas and weight in at 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro surpassed Greg Barnicoat’s 37.5 pounder that’s been leading for weeks. The 16.7-pound yellowtail that was leading up to last week was bound to be beat, and it was a 25.7-pound yellow caught aboard the Pacific Islander by Bill Gehring and weighed in at CISCOS in Oxnard that shot past it and now leads the category. Heartbreaker for Cori Husband who stuck a 25-pound-even forkie she weighed in at Dana Point Fuel Dock.

Ron Briggs, who lost the top spot in the lingcod category last week reclaimed it in week 8 with a 12.8 pounder he caught on the Pacific Islander and weighed at CISCOS. He was also the angler who lost the top spot for yellowtail this week.

That’s how easy it is to get in the running. There is still time, and for only a couple bucks, it’s still worth it, especially when the weight to beat to become the grand prize leader in the dorado category is zero pounds, zero ounces, and it’s not like they aren’t being caught right now.

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