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8C Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter. DOWNIEVILLE, from page lC economy as well. The SBTS held a prize drawing and auctioned off a few items after the awards ceremony. Fat Tire donated a bicycle, which sold for $2,200. Various prizes were given out due to an amazing show of sponsorships. Nica Lorber, a volunteer for the SBTS, credits the suc- cess of the race and of the nonprofit itself to its stabili- ty in vision, yet adaptability in execution. "The tactics have changed," said Lorber. "What that means is the SBTS has constantly made things fun and interesting for people. That one element of creating these beautiful trail systems, helping local economies and educating people on the sustainability of trails is constant." The SBTS has had a large part in preserving and building trails around Plumas and Sierra counties so as to make the outdoors and recreation accessible to whoever wishes to partici- pate. The Downieville Classic is the SBTS' biggest fundraiser of the year. They also receive grant money from the coun- ty, state and federal govern- ment, offer sponsorships and receive membership dues. Those interested in becom- ing members of the SBTS or making a donation may visit sierratrails.org and click on "contact." + Quincy's Marty and Lauren Senter enjoy the festivities surrounding the Downieville Classic. This year's event brought visitors from all over the U.S. and Europe. Photos by James Wilson t 10 IL bag IhJsset NwlumSmll hie pdeu dfective AI& 10 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 5am-10pm 50 GRAND ChkeU Large =kSq Tomatoes 16OZ. 1 Ib, bag Mini Carmb Cauliflower Italian Sweet Lemons Umes Italian or Yellow Red Onions Squash & 11, 2012, only. Sale starts at 6:00 am. Umited AVE SUSANVILLE, CA 96130 supply. No rainchecks please. * Scrat~ Baked Goeds Fine Wines,& Spirits Atl Lottery Games US POstage We accept Food Stamps & WlC John Schaap shows off his big catch, an 88-inch, 380-pound halibut, reeled in out of Alaskan Anglers Inn in Gustavus, Alaska. Photo by Andy Martin "lie " la li es g Andy Martin Special to Feather Publishing bring the fish to the surface. Once the halibut came into view, the captain used a A Northern California manshark hook tied to a cleat on caught what may be the the boat to secure the fish, biggest halibut landed so far and then shot it with a .410 this year in all of Alaska dur- shotgun. ing a trip to the Glacier Bay It took Martin and four pas- area in mid-July, sengers on the boat to pull the John Schaap, of Susanville, trophy fish on board. reeled in a giant 88-inch, 380- The halibut is the second pound halibut July 14 while 300-plus pound fish caught in fishing with Capt. Andy Mar- two weeks by anglers fishing tin out of Alaskan Anglers out of Alaskan Anglers Inn. Inn in Gustavus, Alaska. In late June, David Lott, of Schaap's trophy halibut is Colorado, caught a 350-pound nearly twice as big as the halibut while fishing with leading fish in the Homer, Se- Capt. Justin Parker. ward and Valdez derbies. The two 300-plus-pounders "I can't believe how hardfrom Gustavus in Southeast they fight," Schaap said after Alaska are much bigger than his 90-minute battle with the the leaders in halibut derbies barn door halibut. "I had no in other areas of the state. idea they are that strong." Through July 15, the leader Martin rigged Schaap's rod in the Homer halibut derby is with a whole pink salmon,a 219-P0under. The winner of The bait was hooked with a the Seward derby in June was size 16/0 Eagle Claw circle a 106-pound halibut, and 179- hook and lowered to the bet- pound halibut leads the tom in 240 feet of water in Icy Valdez halibut derby. Straight, around eight miles "The biggest halibut in from the Gustavus dock. Alaska are caught out of Gus- "The halibut hit the bait, tavus every season," said shook its head a few times Martin. and then just took off," said "By the end of the season, Martin, a veteran Alaska we'll probably see a couple of charter boat captain who has fish more than 400 pounds," gotten customers into dozens The day before Schaap of halibut more than 200 and caught his 380-pounder, he 300 pounds, and other customers on Mar- "It probably took 40 yards tin's boat trolled for silver of line before we even got the salmon. rod out of the holder." They caught several pink Using a heavy Wright & salmon in the process and McGill big game rod, 100-Martin saved those fish as pound TufLine and an over- bait, marinating them sized Shimano reel, Schaap overnight in Pautzke Halibut went back and forth with the Nectar. halibut for nearly an hour be- "Big baits catch big fish fore he was able to even get it and that's why we use the offthe botfom, whole salmon as bait," said It took another half hour to Martin. t f