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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: Target Dollies while crowds fish for reds
This is a magical time of year for folks like me who love great fishing but hate crowds. Fish draw crowds like magnets. Or do they? The nice thing about magnets and hot fishing spots, they leave a whole lot of water and fishing opportunities unvisited and overlooked. This time of year, the big ma...
May 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Don’t hang it up if kings don’t take bait
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the king fishing has been tough so far this spring. The bait just hasn’t arrived in local waters, and most days you have to strain a whole lot of water to find a very few kings. The migrating kings simply aren’t coming within easy reach of town. It’s frustrat...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: On days when downriggers don’t deliver
I’ll date myself and say that the ultimate mooch was Wimpy, the character on Popeye cartoons always on the hunt for a free meal. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Are you so young you never heard of Wimpy from the staple cartoon series of the 1960s? I told you I was dated. Anot...
May 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Out for kings? Try getting your lurk on
Ever have one of those days of trolling when king salmon are hard to find? I sure have! Some years the whole season can be a struggle to find kings. Anyone can catch them when they are plentiful, but what about the days, weeks and even seasons when they’re scarce? Last year was one of our best se...
May 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: No need to snag reds or fight big crowds
It’s hard to guess what will happen with the fishing this year. The herring have spawned early in many areas, and as I reported last week, I’m seeing Dolly Varden in the ocean earlier than ever. Is there a chance we’ll see changes in the timing of salmon runs? Specifically, will the red run start...
May 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 76 76 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 | 148 148 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 | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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