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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: Fresh fish on the table
We dropped into a favorite restaurant for dinner last night, and their special was fresh halibut. Now I remember! Frozen halibut that’s been carefully packaged is excellent, but fresh is even better. That’s true for most fish. You can have dandy eating from the freezer, but it can be so much swee...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started with Dolly Varden
I’m tired of waiting! The winter was long, and it’s time to start catching Dolly Varden in rivers. I can’t be sure they’re leaving their winter lakes yet, headed downstream to the ocean. But they should start any day and I plan to be on the river waiting for them. The timing of each year’s Dolly ...
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Gearing up
We were all set. I spent this past Saturday finalizing boat preparations and sorting tackle. When the alarm sounded early Sunday morning, I bounded from bed ready to launch the boat for our first venture offshore for kings and halibut. I started the coffee and stepped outside for one last inspect...
May 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Purely for the fun of it
Three of us huddled in the shelter of the building, doing our best to dodge the chill wind while fumbling as we strung line through the guides of fly rods. They were tiny rods, so limber and light in the hand we had little hope they could cope with the wind. The wispy little rods were designed fo...
Apr 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring snow teaches us to be prepared when hiking
A glance out the window revealed a scattering of low dark clouds beneath a higher gray layer. The brush was moving a little and there was a light chop on the water. In the corner of the window the thermometer reported 34 degrees. Hmmph … Not too bad on the Kodiak weather scale. Time for a quick w...
Apr 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Trout in lakes
Are you anxious for cooperative fish but having no luck with Dolly Varden? Since your trout tackle is tuned and handy, why not try for rainbow trout stocked in road system lakes by ADF&G? Let’s get one thing straight before you write off “stockers.” The rainbows in local lakes are like no other s...
Apr 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Is that halibut mushy?
Have you ever heard of “mushy” halibut? More importantly, have you ever caught them? I had been reading and hearing about mushy halibut for a number of years, especially in reports from around Seward and Homer. Frankly I wondered what all the fuss was about. Then, year before last, I caught one l...
Apr 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Desperately seeking Dollies
I get serious about Dolly Varden in April. Sure, the bulk of the run won’t hit the rivers until May, but open water on local lakes promises hot action when you can find the fish. And even in April, when conditions are just right, you can find a few in the rivers. As lake water warms and ice retre...
Apr 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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