Halibut

Many make Halibut Fest possible

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who sponsored, volunteered for, participated in and otherwise supported the Homer Halibut Festival in… Continue reading

 

Ochoa hustles across finish line

Nearly 60 people participated in Sunday’s Halibut Hustle, a 5-K race that started at Land’s End. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the race… Continue reading

 

Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn., poses with the 224.4-pound halibut she caught July 10 while fishing with DeepStrike Sportsfishing aboard the Grand Aleutian captained by David Bayes.-Photo provided

Derby Jackpot goes to novice angler from Minnesota

When Homer Chamber of Commerce President Tom Stroozas called the 30th Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby winner on speakerphone Monday night to tell her the… Continue reading

 

Halibut Festival includes serious talk amid the fun

For many Homer residents, last weekend’s inaugural Halibut Festival provided an opportunity to be immersed in the marine world.  From a fun run to a… Continue reading

Co-op oysters safe despite Halibut Cove PSP scare

Although the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last week shut down a Halibut Cove oyster farm because of increased paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) levels, oysters… Continue reading

Decorated buoys on display at Alice’s Champagne Palace will be auctioned off during the Homer Halibut Festival.-Photo by Aryn Young

First HALIBUT FEST: celebrating Homer’s big flatfish

Homer and halibut go hand in hand. After all, anyone can see from the top of Baycrest hill that Homer is the “Halibut Fishing Capital… Continue reading

Decorated buoys on display at Alice’s Champagne Palace will be auctioned off during the Homer Halibut Festival.-Photo by Aryn Young
Business in Brief

Business in Brief

Marine Trades group  to attend Seattle expo Homer Marine Trades Association recently sent its members renewal forms and cooperative marketing forms for 2016. The association… Continue reading

Business in Brief

Fish while you can; time zooming by

Wow, did we somehow pick up a serious tail wind of time since this column’s seasonal debut? Come on, Aug. 6 already? It seems like… Continue reading

Halibut King Charters, owned by Gordon Terpening and Fred Hicks, was one of about half a dozen charter operations on the Spit when this photo was taken in the late 1970s.  Pictured are, in the top row, Jim Nardelli and Gordon Terpening; in the middle row just below the halibut, Barbara Buzzelli and Bridget Ferguson; and in the bottom row, Renee Hicks, Fred Hicks and Diane Spence-Chorman.-Photo by Kim Terpening

Beyond halibut:

Fish cutters at Coal Point Seafoods notice there’s less halibut coming into the 23-year-old fish processing business on Thursdays. Clad in head nets, aprons and… Continue reading

Halibut King Charters, owned by Gordon Terpening and Fred Hicks, was one of about half a dozen charter operations on the Spit when this photo was taken in the late 1970s.  Pictured are, in the top row, Jim Nardelli and Gordon Terpening; in the middle row just below the halibut, Barbara Buzzelli and Bridget Ferguson; and in the bottom row, Renee Hicks, Fred Hicks and Diane Spence-Chorman.-Photo by Kim Terpening
Jill Brown (foreground) dipnets alongside Chelsee Largo (background) on Kenai’s north beach on Sunday, July 19. Dipnetting on the Kenai River is open through July 31. People heading to the Kenai River should expect a crowd as sockeye numbers have been increasing over the last few days.-Photo by Ben Boettger, Morris News Service - Alaska

Silvers pickier than pinks (and taste better, too)

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… Continue reading

Jill Brown (foreground) dipnets alongside Chelsee Largo (background) on Kenai’s north beach on Sunday, July 19. Dipnetting on the Kenai River is open through July 31. People heading to the Kenai River should expect a crowd as sockeye numbers have been increasing over the last few days.-Photo by Ben Boettger, Morris News Service - Alaska
Arts in Brief

Arts in Brief

Artists needed to decorate buoys for Homer’s first halibut festival The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is inviting artists of all makes and media to add… Continue reading

Arts in Brief
Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn., poses with the 224.4-pound halibut she caught while fishing with DeepStrike Sportsfishing aboard the Grand Aleutian captained by David Bayes. She is the current leader in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Minnesota woman takes lead in derby

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… Continue reading

Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn., poses with the 224.4-pound halibut she caught while fishing with DeepStrike Sportsfishing aboard the Grand Aleutian captained by David Bayes. She is the current leader in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.
What happens to those halibut after being caught?

What happens to those halibut after being caught?

When you pull over Baycrest Hill and catch a glimpse of the Spit, it almost looks like a hook dangling in the gaping mouth of… Continue reading

What happens to those halibut after being caught?

Facebook pics lead to charges against guide

A Soldotna sportfish charter captain bragging about his clients’ catch on Facebook has led to the captain being charged with 43 violations. In an affidavit… Continue reading

Hunting for lingcod? Nick’s got a few tips for novice anglers

Hunting for lingcod? Nick’s got a few tips for novice anglers

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… Continue reading

Hunting for lingcod? Nick’s got a few tips for novice anglers
Sport fishing scofflaws stretch limits of intelligence, common sense

Sport fishing scofflaws stretch limits of intelligence, common sense

N ormally I don’t get into to the area of investments but after reading the Alaska Wildlife Trooper’s section of the police report in the… Continue reading

Sport fishing scofflaws stretch limits of intelligence, common sense

Bering Sea halibut bycatch cut leaves both sides unhappy

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in Sitka to cut by 25 percent the amount of halibut that pollock and… Continue reading

It’s time to reduce Bering Sea halibut bycatch

It’s time to reduce Bering Sea halibut bycatch

The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut.  During the… Continue reading

It’s time to reduce Bering Sea halibut bycatch
Jackson Hobbs, 16, of Franklin, Idaho, is congratulated by Capt. Travis Larson of Alaska Premier Sportfishing for the 335.0-pound halibut Hobbs caught while fishing with Larson on on Aug. 19, 2014. Hobbs’ fish was worth $16,731.50 in last year’s jackpot halibut derby.-Photo Provided

Homer Jackpot Halibut derby: lots of chances to win

This year’s halibut sport fishery has begun with both tradition and change. The tradition is the successful Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, and the change is… Continue reading

Jackson Hobbs, 16, of Franklin, Idaho, is congratulated by Capt. Travis Larson of Alaska Premier Sportfishing for the 335.0-pound halibut Hobbs caught while fishing with Larson on on Aug. 19, 2014. Hobbs’ fish was worth $16,731.50 in last year’s jackpot halibut derby.-Photo Provided
Connecting the coast

Connecting the coast

A small but formative fraction of my life has been spent gazing out salt-sprayed windows at rugged terrain and open ocean.  My father’s silhouette was always… Continue reading

Connecting the coast
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