Tim Dyer of Hamersville, Ohio, is the new front-runner in the Seward Halibut Touranment. Dyer landed a 248 pound halibut on Tuesday with Captain Keoni Tamayo of the charter company ProFish-n-Sea. 

Dyer and his friends have been fishing in Seward for around two and a half decades, but they normally come in July. This year, they booked their trip in June, specifically so they could participate in the tournament.

“We’ve long known that June is a great time to catch halibut,” said Jen Leahy, a spokesperson for the Seward Chamber of Commerce, a tournament organizer. “We’re thrilled that dedicated anglers like Tim are planning their trips specifically to take advantage of these great fishing opportunities.”

Dyer slipped ahead of the previous top angler, Mohamed Harunani of Texas City, Texas. Harunani caught a 212 pound fish on Saturday with Woody Wedin, another captain from ProFish-n-Sea.