You look a little sick — you should go fishing

Look around. No one even knows you’re here. Half the people in your office don’t even know your name, and the ones who do thought you retired last year. Now look out the window. See the sunshine? See the heat radiating off your car? That, my friend, is the call of the salmon.
If you listen very carefully, and try really, really hard to block out the ozone hum of the overhead fluorescent lights, you can almost hear the little Chinooks calling to you from the Fishing Hole.
Think about it. How many days of this kind of fishing weather do you get in a lifetime? Whether you develop a mysterious case of food poisoning after lunch, or simply hang a “gone fishin’” sign in the window, you’ll be kicking yourself come February when you need a nice, warm fishing memory to get you through the gray slush.

Swimmers tackle tides, tempests in trip across Bay

At the very tip of the Homer Spit — behind Land’s End Resort — swimmers Lila Lee Little, Jan Rumble and Dana Jaworski helped each other wriggle into thick wetsuits. The morning sun failed to break through thick clouds, and heavy fog created a stunning backdrop of mist-shrouded mountains; an affable tide lapped against the rocks, washing shiny, translucent jellyfish ashore.
It was a good day.
In the months and weeks and days leading up to this event, Little, Rumble and Jaworski spent countless hours conditioning and swim-training in both the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center pool and the open waters of Kachemak Bay. Their goal? Swim the 3.2 miles of open water to the other side of the Bay.
“I think it’s around 3.1 or 3.2 miles (as the crow flies),” Rumble said. “It’s hard to tell with the tide.”

Cap’n Josh and the salmon shark

Captain Josh Brooks is no stranger to catching trophy fish, but the angler and Brooksalaskanadventures guide almost outdid himself last week, as he hauled up a 300-plus pound salmon shark from the waters of Kachemak Bay. “The shark went for a root beer jig tail with salmon belly on it,” Brooks said of his catch. […]

Taking home trophies

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby • Ned Friedman of Childquin, Ore. remains atop the Jackpot Derby leaderboard with his 277.8 lb halibut caught on July 14. Friedman was fishing with Captain Greg Northover and Alaska Arctic Sun Fishing and Hunting Expeditions. • Kevin Anderson of Crystal, Minn. landed a nice 94.2 pound halibut on July 21. […]

Sports Briefs – July 30

K-Bay Park Trail Conditions — Cleared of deadfall: China Poot Lake, Estuary, Poot Peak South, (brushy), Goat Rope (brushy), Saddle, Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram Spur, Blue Ice, Grace Ridge, Tutka Lake — Not Cleared: Tutka-Jakolof, Mallard Bay, Alpine Ridge — The north route of Poot Peak Trail is unmaintained and very brushy, with possible fallen […]

Late-run kings fizzle out, force lower Cook Inlet closures

So, let’s be totally honest here.
If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the king salmon this season — both early and late runs — this latest closure shouldn’t really come as any kind of surprise.
Once known as a world-class king salmon fishery, fishing for Kenai River kings this year came to an abrupt end — before the first lure ever hit the water.
Back in February, long before fishing season officially opened on May 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the early run king salmon fishery on the Kenai, and placed restrictions on king fishing in lower Cook Inlet streams and marine waters, as well as the Kasilof River.

277.8 lb halibut leads derby

Chances are, fisherman Mark Meaders of Lake Geneva, Wisc., was feeling pretty good on Monday when he pulled a 197-pound halibut from the waters of Kachemak Bay. Meaders was fishing with Alaskan Fishing Adventures aboard the F/V Yoda.
For more than a month, Cheboygan, Mich. angler Molly Malthby sat atop the Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby leaderboard with a 196.8-pound flat fish she caught on June 6. And, while Meaders’ fish just barely bested Malthby’s, it was enough to unseat the reigning champion.
And then along came Ned Friedman — from Chiloquin, Ore.

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby – July 9

Current Standings 1. 196.8 pounds, caught by Molly Maltby of Cheboygan, Mich. on June 6. Maltby was fishing with North Country Charters and Captain Ben Martin aboard the F/V Fringe Benefit. 2. 185 pounds, caught by Casey Byrnes of Palmer on July 6. Byrnes was fishing with Brooks Alaskan Adventures and Captain Josh Brooks aboard […]

Highland athletes beckoned by the lilt of the kilt

Cabers flew and bagpipes blew as the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club hosted its annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Karen Hornaday Park on Saturday. And, while the athletes and spectators would be hard -pressed to find much of anything wrong with the day of summer sunshine and bright blue skies, the 70-degree Alaska heat apparently made for a little wilting in the kilting.
“I was pleased with the overall day and of course, the weather was near perfect,” said games organizer and club director Renee Krause, “But really, it was almost too hot.”
This year’s competition heated up a bit as well, as more competitors took to the fields in the Club’s third-annual games.

Strut Your Mutt: so much more than just walking your dog

Back in 2000, animal lovers Kathy Franz and Peg Price wanted to find a way to support Homer Animal Friends and create a fundraiser similar to Anchorage’s Friends of Pets event. They came up with Strut Your Mutt, and welcomed 24 dog owners and their dogs to the inaugural event.
A few things have changed in the last 15 years of mutt-strutting; this year’s edition includes contests for the best kisses, best singing, games like musical hoops, and a walk through dog-friendly trails in the Homer area.
The purpose of the event, however, hasn’t changed at all.
“Strut is a lot of fun for both dogs and their owners, and promotes and strengthens the human/pet bonding experience,” said Lynn Kee, Strut Coordinator and HAF president. “The dogs and their people always have such a great time.”

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