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Hank Pennington
 
Hunting for hidden hot spots
I sometimes forget how big the ocean is around Kodiak. Sure, we’re on an island far from the mainland, but we usually think about the size of the ocean only when we’re traveling. But the ocean close to home can seem awfully big when you’re hunting for fish and having trouble finding them. You don...
Jun 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: High and dry helps spring camping fun
I conceived the topic for this column last week on the nicest day so far this year. Now, sitting with fingers on keys and staring out the window, one thought comes to mind. Are you out of your mind, Hank? I can barely see across the road, the fog is so thick. And in that unique Kodiak combo, the ...
Jun 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Say ‘Hello, Dolly’ at sea
I love red salmon as much as the next person, but sometimes the fishing simply doesn’t work out. Too many people might be on hand for your taste, or you might not be able to find any at the moment. But you have the whole day off and the weather is great, so what do you do? Go home? Not a chance! ...
Jun 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak Look behind rocks for the first red salmon
The rumors are spreading. I hear more and more second-hand reports of red salmon in local rivers. But strangely enough, I can’t find anyone who’s seen one first-hand. And of course, I have no reports of catches. Is this spring fever or what? I’m in the legions expecting red salmon to arrive as us...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fish await anglers despite cold water
Wow, is it ever good to be fishing once again! The past winter has been especially tough, and its effects are lingering. But at least the spring fishing opportunities have arrived. I’ll come back to the weather question in a moment, but in the meantime I have to encourage anyone lingering indoors...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Halibut making their way out of the depths
I haven’t poked a thermometer in the water to confirm it, but I’ve read accounts that there is more to our cold weather than snow on the ground. The water is colder, too. Water temperature is a huge influence on fish feeding, movement and distribution. In winter the shallow ocean waters are colde...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Disappearing snow is signal to go outside
Hooray! The snow has retreated from the lowlands and it’s time to head out the door. Sure, my spring chore list is long, but there’s more on my to-do list than chores. It’s high time to get off the road and enjoy your favorite activities in the Kodiak countryside. More than many folks, I see spri...
May 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tinkerers never stop looking for better lure
You can spot the gear tinkerers of the fishing world. They’re the guys huddled in the fishing tackle aisle, flapping their arms and wiggling their fingers like fighter pilots discussing aerial strategy. I count myself in their league because I live to mess with my tackle. I’m always in search of ...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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