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Outdoor Kodiak: Ptarmigan season is here
Well, I did it again. I let Aug. 10 slip right by without notice. That’s two years in a row! Why is the date significant? Kodiak’s ptarmigan season opens on Aug. 10. I’m a big fan of ptarmigan hunting, but the season opens about the same time silvers arrive along local beaches and halibut fishing really picks up offshore. Deer season has only been open a week or so, too. There are so many things to do on Kodiak in...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Are you ready for silver salmon?
The recent pattern of heavy rainfall and swollen rivers couldn’t have been timed any better. Silver salmon have been appearing in good numbers offshore, but the sudden onslaught of sweet freshwater from their home streams has brought many closer to shore. In fact, a few are even nosing upstream into the rivers now. I’ve seen dry years in Kodiak when the silvers failed to enter rivers until Labor Day or even later....
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: All that fish
After reading last week how much fish we eat, you might be wondering how we manage to do it without burning out on fish entirely. Certainly quality has a lot to do with it. So many of our species are available for only a few weeks and months, and it’s mandatory that you keep it in top shape for the remainder of the year. The bigger challenge is keeping it interesting on the table. We accomplish some of that in the...
Aug 12, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Taking stock
Planning for dinner later in the evening, I opened the freezer to retrieve a pack of halibut. Call out the avalanche rescue dogs! The swinging door was followed by a cascade of slick vacuum packaged fish. Those sliding off the top shelf triggered the next shelf down, which worked its evil ways on the third shelf. In noisy seconds I had packages of frozen fish all over the floor. Try as I might, I couldn’t get all ...
Aug 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 35 35 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 | 22 22 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 | 22 22 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 | 40 40 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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