June 16, 2009

Fishing for a mermaid, landing a big fish

Her mother says it wasn't what she was fishing for, but Tegan Humphrey, 6, won the Homer (Alaska) Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 138.8-pound catch.

Since Tegan, of Palmer, Alaska, only weighs 40 pounds, her father, Charles, helped get the fish out of the Pacific Ocean and onto the charter boat Sunday, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Charter Capt. Rob Hyslip ended up shooting the fish so they could bring in it.

But Tegan said she was fishing for a mermaid, her mother Courtney told the paper. Paula Frisinger, derby coordinator for the Homer Chamber of Commerce said her committee will think about adding a mermaid category. The Homer Jackpot is Alaska's biggest fishing derby.

Although she was upset at first that Hyslip had to shoot the fish, Tegan soon fell asleep on the way back to shore, her father said.