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The Dana Wharf Halibut Derby Is Back!

Dana Wharf Sportfishing, located in Dana Point Harbor in Southern California, is bringing back the popular Halibut Derby for 2024, and a portion of each entry fee will benefit the ongoing work of the Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL), the only state-wide organization fighting for your right to fish.

The 2024 Halibut Derby is set to kick off on January 1 and run through March 31, and will include more than $1,000 in great monthly prizes provided by a host of sponsors, including Costa Sunglasses, Daiwa Fishing Tackle, Fishworks Clothing, Hogan Bait and Tackle, and Turner’s Outdoorsman stores, as well as CCA CAL. The angler who catches the largest California halibut overall during the derby will win a grand prize of $500.

“We are delighted to bring back the Halibut Derby for 2024,” said Donna Kalez, COO of  Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching. “It has been super popular in seasons past, this year conditions for halibut fishing are shaping up nicely.

“We are also proud to donate 50 percent of every entry fee to CCA CAL to support the fight for anglers’ rights and to help conserve our marine resources. Every angler in California should belong to CCA CAL.” 

There are two ways to enter: 1) Join one of the Dana Wharf Sportfishing halibut-drift day trips on Fridays departing at 6 a.m., or 2) join any local open party ½- or ¾- day trip. It’s just $5 to enter for each trip that you take.

To learn more about the derby and its rules and regulations, visit or call 949-496-5794, ext. 7.

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