Mary Jo Porter holds the 9.24-pound winter king salmon she caught in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Mary Jo Porter holds the 9.24-pound winter king salmon she caught in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Team Marley wins again

For the second year in a row, a Marley boy wins the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Call it deja vu all over again.

The scene for the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament awards ceremony Sunday looked a lot like 2021, with the Jay and Erica Marley family holding aloft a gorgeous trophy salmon. This time, Weston Marley, 15, joined his brother Andrew, 11, the 2021 winner, in wearing the red fleece champion vest.

Weston Marley landed his 27.38-pound king on the Fly Dough, captained by his dad, Jay Marley. It was almost 7 pounds more than the second-place fish caught by Joseph Inglis on the Gondola. Inglis also won the AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse award for the biggest white king salmon caught.

Weston Marley won $38,323 for his prize. He hooked his king after Andrew caught an 8.9-pounder.

“We were happy to get a little fish, and then the big one bit,” Weston said. “Oh wow — we’re in it now.”

For the second year in a row, Jay Marley won the John Hillstrand Memorial Award that goes to the captain of the boat with the first-place fish.

“I just run the boat and bait hooks,” Marley said on getting the award.

At 15, Weston Marley was too old to also win the top youth angler prize like his little brother, with an age cutoff of 12. The top youth angler was Braydan Niebuhr with a 10.46-pound king caught on the The Reel Dream.

Due to small craft warnings, the tournament, which was originally planned for Saturday, was on Friday postponed to Sunday by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, which sponsors the event. Some boats and fishermen canceled, but a blue bird sunny day brought out 1,366 anglers on 408 boats.

“The setting was absolutely perfect,” chamber executive director Brad Anderson said of the weather Sunday. “It made it a much safer event for everybody. We were happy to make that call.”

Side bets on the Fly Dough for Team Marley totaled $46,296, bringing Weston Marley and his family $84,619 in earnings. Total cash prizes handed out were $238,306.

Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@homernews.com.

Bryan, left, and Ruby Hill hold the 8.62-pound winter king salmon Bryan caught in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Bryan, left, and Ruby Hill hold the 8.62-pound winter king salmon Bryan caught in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishing boats return to the harbor during the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishing boats return to the harbor during the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Molly Wilmer holds the 17.9-pound winter king salmon she caught in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tourament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Wilmer took seventh place and was the top woman angler. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Molly Wilmer holds the 17.9-pound winter king salmon she caught in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tourament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Wilmer took seventh place and was the top woman angler. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley, second from left, holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley, left, and brother, Andrew Marley, center. Joining them are Zach Marley, far right, and mom Erica Marley, second from right. It’s the second year a Marley boy won the tournament, with Andrew taking first place for a 25.62-pound king in 2021. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley, second from left, holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley, left, and brother, Andrew Marley, center. Joining them are Zach Marley, far right, and mom Erica Marley, second from right. It’s the second year a Marley boy won the tournament, with Andrew taking first place for a 25.62-pound king in 2021. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley, left, holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. At right is last year’s champion and Weston’s brother, Andrew Marley, 11 — the youngest angler ever to win the tournament. Weston Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley, left, holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. At right is last year’s champion and Weston’s brother, Andrew Marley, 11 — the youngest angler ever to win the tournament. Weston Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley, and brother, Andrew Marley. It’s the second year a Marley boy won the tournament, with Andrew taking first place for a 25.62-pound king in 2022. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley, and brother, Andrew Marley. It’s the second year a Marley boy won the tournament, with Andrew taking first place for a 25.62-pound king in 2022. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley, second from left, holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley, left, and brother, Andrew Marley, center. Joining them are Zach Marley, far right, and mom Erica Marley, second from right. It's the second year a Marley boy won the tournament, with Andrew taking first place for a 25.62-pound king in 2021. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Weston Marley holds up the 27.38-pound winter king salmon he caught to win the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. Marley, 15, fished on the Fly Dough with his father, Jay Marley, and brother, Andrew Marley. It’s the second year a Marley boy won the tournament, with Andrew taking first place for a 25.62-pound king in 2022. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishing boats return to the harbor during the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishing boats return to the harbor during the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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