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Outdoor Kodiak: Jig, mooch for kings without downriggers
I’m among the legions who love king salmon, both on the line and on the table. I’ve fished for them for over 50 years now, and they continue to fascinate me. In recent years downriggers have become standard equipment for saltwater fishing. They certainly make it easier to catch kings when they’re holding deep, but do you really need them? They’re expensive, after all, and if you’re not trolling at the moment, they...
Apr 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Time to tune up your shooting
Newcomers to Kodiak are startled by our long deer season, beginning each year on August 1 and extending through the end of October on the road system. In fact it runs through December 31 on the remainder of the island. On August 1, most people are chasing halibut and pink salmon without regard for what is happening in the surrounding hills. The deer opener comes on you quickly here on this great island. In fact on...
Apr 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walk, bike or paddle to stay in hunting trim
The seeds for this week’s column were planted about a year ago. I “wintered” too well, gathering a few pounds through the holidays as I meanwhile allowed weather and schedules to come between me and my regular exercise routine. By spring, I was in sad shape. It wasn’t so much a matter of poor eating habits, because we eat fairly carefully and well. But I put on weight while losing condition, and I simply didn’t do...
Apr 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring lakes
April marks the beginning of some of my favorite fishing of the year. But with the warm winter we’ve experienced this year, I could have started long ago. Most years I’m waiting impatiently for the ice to retreat from road system lakes. Newcomers to the island and even many old timers aren’t aware that ADF&G stocks rainbow trout into many of the small lakes scattered around the road system. “Stocked trout?” you wo...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walking stick proves worth on hillsides
The calendar may claim it’s spring, but on Kodiak the claim always seems to precede the fact by a couple of months. Rather than March, our spring always comes sometime in May. This year is nonetheless an anomaly. We’ve certainly had more than our fair share of rain, but you have to climb high into the hills to find much snow at all. For me that means an early start on spring in at least one regard. I don’t have to...
Mar 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: The lowly codfish
While I certainly relish the sweet taste of spring’s first halibut, that’s only part of the story. I’m happy with any fresh fish I can get so early in the year! At the top of our list of “alternate” sits the codfish. I know, I know…. Cod can be a royal nuisance when you have your heart set on king salmon or halibut. They steal bait and can be so numerous it’s hard to catch anything else. I get tired of them too wh...
Mar 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring tackle boxes
A few weeks ago I wrote about problems with reels that have stored all winter without maintenance. I managed to service all my reels but two before storing them, and I paid the price with the neglected pair. Corrosion, rust and failed lubricants work together to shorten the lifespan of even the most reliable reels. But you haven’t seen anything yet. Wait until you open your tackle box! This early in the season my ...
Mar 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Last chance for rabbits
The season for snowshoe hares may never close on Kodiak and there may be no bag limit, but in fact there’s a practical limit to when you hunt them. Somewhere around the middle of April their breeding season starts and is in high gear by May. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the arrival of the first youngsters corresponds roughly with the explosion of new vegetation in spring and the hare’s seasonal change to brown...
Mar 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for halibut
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the taste of fresh halibut. Sweet, succulent, perhaps even faintly nutty. It’s hard to beat that first bite of the first fresh halibut of the year. Frozen halibut is terrific, and in fact it’s notable because it stands up so well to long term storage. But it’s still not as good as fresh. The good news is that halibut season opened February 1st. The bad news is that it’s sti...
Feb 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Get ready for fishing
My eyes were really opened in January. We were fortunate enough to be invited for three weeks of fishing in Florida, and of course we accepted. The first few days were devoted exclusively to fly fishing, but my awakening came on the day I was handed a spinning rod for tossing jigs. It was a very lightweight 7 foot rod rated for 1/8 oz to ¼ oz lures. In spite of its light weight it was surprisingly stiff. The reel ...
Feb 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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