How to handle a huge halibut

As far as fish stories go, 76-year-old Jon Martin from Los Angeles, Calif. now has an epic angling tale to pass down to future Martin family fishermen; and he doesn’t even need to exaggerate.
Martin was fishing with Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge in Ninilchik last Wednesday, inarguably questioning himself about that 30-pounder he let go earlier.
“Everyone had kept one halibut,” explained Capt. Steve Smith. “He was the only one left without a fish.”
That would soon change.

Homer runners master menacing Mount Marathon

A contingent of South Peninsula athletes made their way to Seward over the weekend to compete in the 100th running of the annual Mount Marathon Race.
Started in 1915, the race is 3-3.5 miles — depending on the route chosen — of running, hiking and scrambling up the 3,022-foot peak. The fastest runners complete the race in under an hour.
Ninilchik standout Riana Boonstra won the girls junior race, topping more than 100 other runners with her time of 32 minutes, 38 seconds.
Lady Mariner junior Lauren Evarts headed up the Homer junior girls’ group, finishing 44th overall with her time of 47:20.

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Standings

As of July 5, 2015 2015 Jackpot Leader • 199.8 lbs. caught by Jason Solberg on June 21 with Driftwood Charters. Solberg was fishing with Captain Shane Blakely aboard the F/V Misty. July Tags: • Paul Dudley of Tulsa, Okla. won $50 while fishing with Captain Casey McDonough aboard the F/V Miss Mia. The tag […]

Kasilof dip-netting area expanded; limits increased

• A strong return of sockeye salmon in the Kasilof River has resulted in emergency orders being issued to liberalize the personal-use and sport fisheries, effective through 11:59 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7. • In the Kasilof River sockeye salmon sport fishery, the bag and possession limit is increased to six per day, and 12 in […]

Riders, ropers round up wins at 2015 Ninilchik Rodeo

Many years ago, Shirley Cox’s father, James P. Wilson, brought rodeo to the Kenai Peninsula, starting what was originally called the Happy Valley Rodeo, and then moved it to the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds. Over time, Shirley took over the rodeo reins, logging countless hours working to make the event fun and safe for everyone. “Shirley […]

Find your fishing zen wherever you cast your line

People should have to pass some kind of Angling 101 equivalency exam before they procure a fishing license in Alaska.
Anybody can memorize rules and regulations; this would have to be some kind of hands-on test to measure a few rudimentary fishing skills. (As a disclaimer: be sure to familiarize yourself with those aforementioned rules and regulations. You probably don’t need to memorize them, but not knowing some of them can come with a hefty price tag.)

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby standings

Several curious onlookers gathered around the large scale at the Derby headquarters on the Spit on Saturday as a couple of burly guys wrestled a lead-threatening halibut from the back of a pick-up and hoisted it up on the hook. After the fish was secured, another hefty guy began hoisting the big fish up with […]

2015 Spit Run brings 263 participants

Saturday’s overcast skies did little to cool off competitors at this year’s Homer Spit Run. Temperatures ranged in the mid-60s during the race, and any hope for a cool breeze was convincingly crushed by surprisingly scant wind conditions.
(Just ask those regatta folks who spent their time searching out any tiny smattering of wind to fill their sails.)
A total of 263 runners and walkers made their way through Homer streets and down the Spit Trail to compete in the 2015 race.

City Softball results/standings

Beluga Lake Lodge tops the city softball charts as June play comes to an end. SBS and Growlers are right on their heels, both with records of 8-3. A rowdy crew of volunteers gathered on Sunday to work on the new field at Jack Gist Park, which hosted its first games Monday night. The field […]

Rough and rugged runners scramble for clams

The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Clam Scramble Mud Run and Natural Obstacle Course on Saturday, in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Fair’s Clam Jam Concert.
The Scramble started at noon at Ninilchik’s Deep Creek Recreational Park, and followed along the foot of the Cook Inlet beach bluff, down to Ninilchik Harbor then up the bluff to finish.
The challenging course took runners through two rivers, had them maneuver through a myriad of natural obstacles and provided a quick dip in the chilly waters of Cook Inlet. All this, while racing the tide.

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