Homer Sports and Outdoors

  • A dreary chinook run has plagued the Kenai River for the past few years, but numbers for 2015 shine a somewhat bright light on the state’s most heavily fished river and most iconic species....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:37am
  • 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
  • A dozen local runners tackled the epic Fourth of July Mount Marathon race. Race history was made with Swede Emelie Forsberg, 28, finishing the 3.1-mile race at 47 minutes, 48 seconds, smashing the women’s 1990 record of 50:30 by Nancy Pease. In the men’s race in the afternoon, Forsberg’s boyfr...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:52am
  • The bulls won the weekend at the Ninilchik Rodeo. Riders had no luck on John Wayne, Dark Town, Hizenberg and Calico as all jumped — or were thrown — before the eight-second mark.  Just one rider, Chris Manis, managed to best a bull named Snubbin Post to win both the weekend of bull riding a...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:40am
  • 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
  • In the grueling Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, where contestants race unsupported through the wildest country of Alaska, just finishing can be an honor. But when you’re not only the first to finish, but the only one of 29 competitors to do so in the scheduled time, the honor gets doubled....

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:39am
  • It’s no secret that Homer has a vibrant boating community. Beyond the halibut hopefuls, however, Homer draws a different type of boater a bit unexpected for the far north: the sailor.   Founded in 1983, the Homer Yacht Club has been sailing in Homer for about 30 years. But Erik Pullman, curre...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:25am
  • Although 10 boats competed in the annual Land’s End Regatta put on by the Homer Yacht Club, most agreed that the tide was the real winner.   Two days of sailing with no wind left participants in the regatta being pushed backward by the tide and disheartened. “The tide definitely won over th...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:24am

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