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Hank Pennington
 
OUTDOOR KODIAK: Whither gulls go, there go the Dollies
We got the surprise of the season last week. As we were launching our boat for king salmon, I kept seeing swirls of fish tight against the shoreline. While waiting for the bilge to drain accumulated rainwater, I took a little walk. To my utter and complete astonishment, the swirls were Dolly Vard...
Apr 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Rust spot sounds death knell for hooks
The first fishing trip of the season can be challenging. It seems that no matter how much you plan ahead and assemble your gear, you always discover you forgot something once you’re on the water. Or alongside it. For my wife, this year it was her waders. They were right by the door so she wouldn’...
Apr 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Window opens for hikes with clear views
Spring is my favorite season for hiking on Kodiak. It’s certainly not spring yet, but with the lack of snow this winter the biggest impediment is removed for putting miles on your boots. I try to time my first spring hikes to the moment the mountain passes clear of snow, providing clear passage t...
Apr 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Not too early to track down Dollies in lakes
A long, warm winter has left the lakes and rivers mostly ice-free. Several folks have asked me when the Dollies will start running into rivers on their way to the sea. I’m betting that’s still close to a month off. The run will start once the water temperatures rise enough to trigger them, but no...
Apr 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fine tuning for more, bigger king salmon
I’m sure everyone who’s trolled for king salmon can relate. Have you ever been on the water with the certainty that kings are lurking, but you simply can’t catch them? Even worse, have you ever fished around other boats who are scoring regularly while you can’t get a hit? I sure have! For most an...
Mar 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Strategic struggle in human against hare
Snowshoe hunting is winding down with the approach of spring. Notice I didn’t say anything about the season closing. In fact, there’s no closed season and no bag limit on snowshoe hares. But there are very good reasons to stop hunting them as the weather warms and the island greens. Snowshoe hare...
Mar 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Finishing winter with spring in your step
Many of us can measure winter in inches and pounds. Girth added to our waistlines and pounds to the scale. Even if you manage to avoid the winter spread, odds are good that muscle tone and endurance will crash over the winter. However you manage it, now is the time to start reversing the trend. S...
Mar 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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The trick to tracking trophy trout revealed
March is a tough month for most of us. The days are promisingly long and cold is less likely. But those big, wet storms keep rolling in to the accompaniment of wind and mud. It’s easy to start feeling trapped indoors, especially when the rare sunny days always seem to fall on weekdays. Longer day...
Mar 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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