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Aim your sights at pink salmon
You would think that with a freezer brimming with king salmon and red salmon, we would yawn at the pink salmon arriving off our shores. Nothing could be further from the truth! Whether for fishing fun or on the table, we relish pink salmon as much as their larger cousins. Pinks are a blast to catch, and they’re credible fighters on light tackle. Give their delicate flesh a little respect on the stovetop, and they’...
Jul 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoors Kodiak: Fine-tuning your king trolling
We’re “fortunate” in managing to catch a lot of king salmon from our boat — or at least that’s what we hear from the friends around us who aren’t doing as well. But fortune actually plays only a small part in our catch rate. It has a lot more to do with systematically testing the water and the way we fish, then fine-tuning both our location and our methods. In the sincere belief that everyone likes to catch fish a...
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deer season is fast upon us
Kodiak’s deer season always surprises newcomers — it opens so early and seems to run forever. But its quirks run deeper than dates on the calendar. The hunt and the conditions are different than almost any other hunting grounds I’ve encountered. I’ve never hunted in any other state with a deer season opening on August 1. Even the special archery seasons start later. August 1 is the middle of summer on Kodiak, and ...
Jul 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoors Kodiak: Mooching for salmon
My wife and I had trolled for hours without a hit. We tried the shallow areas we like so much, moved out to around 90 feet like most boats in the area, and hit several depths between. We couldn’t find kings anywhere. On top of that, the tide had turned and we were entering a period that had never produced for us. Tired of the drone of the outboard and more than a little frustrated with the lack of salmon action, w...
Jun 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: It's halibut time
My wife and I have been a little distracted by king salmon. Between that and weather days, we simply haven’t put any effort into halibut. But recently we found ourselves on the water with time to kill and no immediate king salmon prospects. It was too nice a day to go home, but we had a couple of hours to kill before the tide change and time to return to our king hunt. I made a blind stab at a halibut spot and dro...
Jun 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Change up lures, keep moving for Dollies
Fishing is starting to heat up, and it’s hard to get through any conversation without the topic veering to fish. Many folks are already on the water, and even more will be there soon. Before you know it, the elbows will be flying and the lines will be crossing as tempers flare on red salmon rivers. It sure appears that summer is arriving early this year. If you’re like me, though, it doesn’t take many folks within...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hike to another world at high elevation
May and June are my favorite months for hiking on Kodiak. The weather is warming while the grass and brush are still low. The wildlife viewing can be spectacular as animals move and feed all day following a long winter on short rations. Migratory birds are returning, and especially in June wildflowers will be erupting almost everywhere you look. The scenery is unimaginable, to the point you’ll kick yourself if you...
May 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Stormy, cloudy days rock for Dollies
While the Dolly migration might not be at its peak, there are certainly enough fish in rivers to keep you looking for more. I enjoy Dolly fishing that incorporates a bit of a hunt for the fish, rather than finding hordes in every pool and other spot with slow moving water. I’m a lot more entertained when I have to search a little and work a little for my fish. Catching a fish on every cast is fun for a while, but ...
May 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Reach relaxed reds in saltwater
Is it too soon to start looking for red salmon? Run timing is variable from one year to the next, and I certainly can’t project with any certainty. My solution is to start looking for reds when the calendar page turns to May, with the likelihood of their arrival improving with each passing day. Consider my experiences over the last 40 years on Kodiak. The earliest I’ve seen red salmon in Kodiak rivers was May 6. A...
May 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Early bird catches the biggest Dollies
When the calendar page turns to May, it’s time to turn your eye to Kodiak rivers. Any time now the Dolly Varden will begin their migration to the sea from their winter home in lakes. The timing varies a little from one year to the next, but sooner or later their slender silver forms and hungry mouths will materialize. Sure, you could wait until others find the fish, then head out for a sure thing. But there’s a ve...
Apr 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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