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Hank Pennington
 
Trout and nothing but on rivers upstream
Salmon fever is in full swing on Kodiak. The crowds of anglers on beaches and rivers confirm it. But come Aug. 1 when the upper rivers close to salmon fishing, salmon fever is going to be even more apparent. River anglers will be moved to the lower stretches and beaches until mid-September, even ...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Solving the halibut puzzle is more difficult this year
Having trouble finding halibut this year? You’re not alone. Early in the season we tried all our usual hotspots with little or no success. Friends reported the same experiences, and the hunt was on. Over the years we have found a rhythm to the timing and places we fish for halibut over the course...
Jul 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: August deer hunting has its rewards
Deer season opens in just two weeks on August 1. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Early deer hunting on Kodiak is unlike any I’ve experienced elsewhere in the country. The grass on the hillsides can be over your head, and that’s not to mention the dense alders and thick salmonberries. It can be downrig...
Jul 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Escape to isolated lakes
Kodiak’s fishing landscape is certainly challenging this year, isn’t it? The king salmon are scarce and halibut remain scattered in deeper water. The pink salmon are slow to show, while the usual array of sharp elbows and crossed lines dominate productive red salmon rivers. What in the heck can y...
Jul 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Better late than never: Pink salmon appearing in Kodiak waters
It’s time for pink salmon! Right? Not so fast. From what I’m seeing, the run is a little slow in arriving, just as we have experienced with the king salmon and halibut. Normally we’re catching pinks with some regularity the third week in June and often earlier. But I just saw my first pink Sunday...
Jul 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Deer season outlook
I’ve lived on this great island for close to 40 years now, and one thing never fails to surprise me. Kodiak’s deer season opens Aug. 1. That’s only a month away! I haven’t even caught my first pink salmon yet, and already I feel the press of deer season. This year’s deer season could be especiall...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hunting for hidden hot spots
I sometimes forget how big the ocean is around Kodiak. Sure, we’re on an island far from the mainland, but we usually think about the size of the ocean only when we’re traveling. But the ocean close to home can seem awfully big when you’re hunting for fish and having trouble finding them. You don...
Jun 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: High and dry helps spring camping fun
I conceived the topic for this column last week on the nicest day so far this year. Now, sitting with fingers on keys and staring out the window, one thought comes to mind. Are you out of your mind, Hank? I can barely see across the road, the fog is so thick. And in that unique Kodiak combo, the ...
Jun 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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