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49th Annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby Returns for Weekend of Fishing Fun

MARINA DEL REY— Hosted by the Marina Del Rey Anglers (MDRA), the 49th annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby, scheduled for June 1-2, promises a weekend filled with excitement, community camaraderie and charitable giving in the picturesque setting of Santa Monica Bay.

Under the leadership of newly appointed club president Myles Blatt, the Halibut Derby is set to make a splash with increased sponsorship, diverse Calcutta categories and a focus on reeling in the biggest catch. “We’re rallying the community to celebrate our shared passion for fishing while also making a meaningful impact,” says Blatt. “It’s not just about the competition; it’s about giving back.”

This year’s top prizes include multi-day sportfishing trips to Southern California waters to take on the challenge of catching giant bluefin tuna. These prizes underscore the derby’s commitment to adventure, conservation and the timeless allure of angling.

By participating in the event, you’re not just enjoying a weekend of fishing; you’re also contributing to MDRA’s initiatives. These include enriching the lives of children and veterans through fishing excursions and supporting conservation efforts, such as the nurturing of baby White Seabass.

The festivities commence with the Captain’s Party and Calcutta event on May 31 at the Del Rey Yacht Club. Participants can collect their goodie bags and enter various side jackpots.

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MDRA, a nonprofit, while promoting sportfishing and marine conservation, also seeks to foster a sense of community and pass on the love for fishing to future generations.


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