A 10-pound halibut currently sits atop the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leaders’ board, thanks to the angling aptitude of Janet Baldauf. And, while she’s not exactly expecting her fledgling fish to remain in the top spot, it certainly doesn’t hurt that the little guy was also wearing a tag!
The Homer Derby started May 15, and already, two other tagged fish have been landed.
“We had one tagged fish caught prior to the derby’s start, and one that didn’t want to buy a derby ticket,” said derby organizer Paula Frisinger.
Baldauf will have to wait until Sept. 15 to find out whether her tagged fish is worth $50,000, or $10,000 or even a truck.
As summer continues to creep into Homer’s ongoing winter, the halibut are sure to start lining up for their chance to gnaw on some kind of snack affixed to your line. So don’t take any chances, and buy a derby ticket before you go out.
Homer High School juniors Tayla Cabana and Tommy Bowe were named Mariner Athletes of the Year for the 2012-2013 season. The awards were presented Monday night at the school’s award ceremony.
The bag and possession limit for razor clams harvested from the Eastside Cook Inlet beaches, extending from the mouth of the Kenai River to the southernmost tip of the Homer Spit, is reduced to the first 25 clams dug per day and only 25 clams may be in possession.
This bag and possession limit reduction is effective beginning 12:01 a.m., Thursday, May 23, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Assessment of razor clam abundance on the Ninilchik Beach has shown a substantial decline in abundance of exploitable clams (clams greater than 3.14 inches). Abundance of exploitable razor clams decreased from approximately 1,500,000 clams in 2011 to about 79,000 clams in 2013. The 2013 abundance is the lowest on record for the Ninilchik Beach based on periodic surveys of razor clams conducted since 1990. The cause of the decline is unknown but is thought to have resulted from poor spawning and/or settling success.
Stiff northwest winds, snow and rowdy seas greeted Homer Yacht Club sailors who gathered in the harbor on Saturday to launch their first race of the season, the “Cheechako Cup.”
Brave captains and crews manned four boats for a short race around the green can that marks the shoal southwest of the end of the Spit. The order of finish was Ron Downing’s “Morning Star;” Kevin Walker’s “A Dawg’s Life;” Eric Pullman’s “Nereus;” and Mark Hemstreet’s “Duit.” Six to eight foot seas were a challenge they met head on.
A Dawg’s Life crossed the finish line in one hour, 55 minutes and three seconds. According to her captain, Kevin Walker, the “worst part of the race was the 11 a.m. meeting on the dock in the snow.”
And these were more than just a few isolated flurries. This was real snow; at sea level, on May 18.
The skippers wavered about leaving the harbor in the cold with northwest winds forecasted to build to 20 knots. However, Duit Captain Mark Hemstreet showed up and tipped the scale in favor of having the race.
Both Homer girls and boys soccer teams finished their season following elimination in Regional play last weekend. The third-seeded Lady Mariners fell 1-5 to the Grace Christian Grizzlies.
The Mariner boys were seeded second in tournament play, and opened with a 3-0 win over Grace. Homer got goals from Carson Duggar, Drew Brown and foreign exchange student Manuel Spigno.
With the win, the M’s had two more chances to advance to State, but had to beat SoHi (last Friday) or Colony (last Saturday) in order to do so. Despite a valiant effort, Homer did not win either game, thus ending their season.
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