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Hank Pennington
 
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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Outdoor Kodiak: Casting about for a Dolly Varden strategy
Warm days and warm rains do more than banish snow. They also warm rivers. And on Kodiak Island warming rivers start a chain reaction. Within the gravel, tiny salmon develop faster and soon begin to emerge for their trip to the ocean. And in the lakes, wintering Dolly Varden grow restless and move...
Apr 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Never been fly fishing? Try it — you’ll like it!
I’ve been a fly fisherman for more than 50 years, or more accurately today, a fly fisher. I enjoy all manner of fishing, but I use a fly rod and flies more than any other gear because I get the biggest kick out of it. Heck, I even fly fish for halibut and offshore king and silver salmon when they...
Apr 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Shed your winter weight to better enjoy the outdoors
I doubt I’m alone in feeling confined by all the snow Kodiak has “enjoyed” this year. I grew up in the desert and I’m more of a walker and less of a snow sport enthusiast. Recent visits to desert country confirmed the distinction.The wide-open spaces and easy walking beckoned like no fresh layer ...
Apr 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Light tackle fishing
If you’re planning to buy new rods and reels for your boat this year, don’t be too quick to settle on traditional halibut gear. The door has opened on a new world in halibut fishing, and there are very good reasons to move on to the newer options. When you hear “halibut” rods, what do you think o...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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