• I know a couple of cohos ready to throw down whenever you are.
By Sean Pearson
A parking lot full of haphazardly parked RVs and cars; the lingering odor of fish-infused Axe Body Spray; kids running, and screaming, and throwing rocks; fishermen arguing over whose line crossed whose.
Ahhhh — it was just like the good old days at the Fishing Hole.
Saturday was warm, sunny, and set aside as a Kid’s Fishing Day at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Anglers up to age 15 had a special spot reserved at the hole, and staff from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game arrived in the evening to help youngsters gear up and fish for silver salmon.
Anglers of all ages continued to storm the hole on Sunday, as well; completely undaunted by a cold front that brought rain and wind. Many were driven by word of “good-to-excellent” fishing at the hole, while others were drawn in by the misconception that a jumping silver is a hungry silver.
The brazen cohos put on quite the show of acrobatics all weekend, openly mocking unlucky anglers who continued to cast aimlessly into the lagoon. Surely you’re not going to let them get away with that? Perhaps it’s time to show those cohos just who’s in charge.
As with all fishing, the waiting is the hardest part. But patience and endurance are often rewarded, as several anglers were able to limit out with some pretty good-sized Fishing Hole silvers.
Try using salmon eggs, herring and blue Vibrax spinners; also try fishing around the incoming tide as new fish arrive. Snagging is not allowed in the Fishing Hole, and bag and possession limits for salmon within these waters (except kings) are six per day, of which six may be coho salmon.
On the halibut side, current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader Ned Friedman and his 277.8 -pound flatfish have remained relatively unchallenged since July 14.
Two new anglers moved into the top 10, however, as Milsah Bolen of Sardis, Ohio landed a 133.2-pound halibut on Sunday to move into eighth place. Bolen was fishing with Big Bear Halibut Charters and Captain Rob Hyslip aboard the F/V Bear Force 1.
Wasilla fisherman Jason Mecham barely broke into the top 10 on Sunday with his 111.8-pound catch. He was fishing with T.J. (Yeti) Frank on a private boat.
For current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby information, go to: www.homeralaska.org
Working for North Country Charters, Captain Ben Martin continues to bring the big fish.
“I would say that fishing this year has been better than the past few years,” he explained. “Last year, my biggest fish was 142 pounds.
This year, my current largest halibut is 230 pounds.”
Martin said he’s landed three halibut over 200 pounds this season, but insists he can’t take all the big-fish credit.
“Captain Eric on the Storm Petrel has North Country’s biggest fish at 235 pounds,” he said. “Another guide catching big fish is Charlie Martell.”
Martell is the new captain of the M/V Seahawk, and is fishing for Homer Ocean Charters.
“As far as big fish go, you have to try as hard as you can every day,” he explained. “Big fish live really close to Homer, and you do not have to drive 50-plus miles to catch a big fish. All you need is a good attitude and you will have a fun Alaska fishing experience.”
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