Nick C. Varney

  • One of the golden perks associated with writing this column is the cornucopia of remarkable posts that land in the R.E.I. gmail inbox.  Sometimes the missives are so colorful that their only printable components are the quotation marks. Others have run the gamut from palpably 90-proof enhanced ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:07am
  • O ne of the golden perks associated with writing this column is the cornucopia of remarkable posts that land in the R.E.I. gmail inbox.  Sometimes the missives are so colorful that their only printable components are the quotation marks. Others have run the gamut from palpably 90-proof enhanced...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:07am
  • Last Monday I opened a voicemail from my compadre Turk. He was so riled up that residual smoke leaked out of the receiver. He started off suggesting that since the Kachemak Bay Coho Salmon Gillnet Fishery is now open, why shouldn’t anglers at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon be able to take a shot a...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:18am
  • I have received an unusual amount of email asking how to report angler evil-doers to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers without tying up 911.  The local number to turn in the violators is 907-235- 8239. Use it. Advise them where you are and what’s going down along with a description of the mis...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:35am
  • Let’s face it. Putting the hammer on silvers while they are cruising beneath our inlet waters or doing acerebral loops inside the infamous Nick Dudiak Fishing lagoon can be a spectacle of aerobatic fights and unruly runs. Yes, I realize that pinks are also fierce and insolent battlers, but it take...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:54am
  • It was an interesting past week for the sports fishing crowd. A distaff member of the flatfish hunting group shot into first place in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby when Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn., hammered a 224.4-pound halibut while sinking bait with DeepStrike Sportsfishing off the Grand ...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:44am
  • Back in late June this column reported on a plethora of angling misconducts Alaska Wildlife Troopers had to deal with because of clueless dipsticks.   I was hoping that things would chill out with the scofflaw crowd because the piece sent a pretty blatant warning that they were being watched an...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:40am
  • I was asked yesterday what I thought about lingcod. I deliberated for a few seconds and then replied, “Well I know from personal experience that they are Freddy Kruger gruesome, have a set of choppers that would give a salmon shark a coronary, and enjoy making a brunch out of their own relatives.&...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:16am
  • I need to start this column with a warning: There is a despicable sneak thief roaming the Homer Spit and the area prowler can ruin your day if you have your head up and locked even for a few seconds. I have spotted this miscreant myself or at least his E-Vile twin. Homer News reporter and all-around...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:53am
  • It’s always righteous to be able to start out a column on the upbeat although things may slide a bit backward as the initial subject matter develops.  The good news is the Anchor River seems to be on the comeback. As of Sunday, 3,119 kings were tallied by the weir. On the same date in 2014 th...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:13am

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