Ashley Camp from Vancouver, British Columbia, poses on July 29 with her 221.4 pound and 76-inch halibut caught while fishing with Midnight Sun Charters and Captain Brian Nollar on the Belle Ile. Camp is the 2018 winner of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. (Photo provided)

Camp wins halibut derby

With the end of the 33rd Annual Jackpot Halibut Derby on Saturday, Ashley Camp of Vancouver, British Columbia, held her lead to win the derby.… Continue reading

 

Reeling ‘em in: Nick answers the big question: What’s so addicting about fishing?

Now that the tourists are in full migration south and the cranes are giving last minute flight training to their offspring, it’s time to close… Continue reading

 

Reeling ’em in: Silver fishing gives flash of fall

Now that we are teetering on the precipice of September’s slide into fall, it’s time to concentrate on the silvers entering some of our local… Continue reading

 

Anchorage resident Brian Shumaker and Kristin Faulkner, who used to swim for Homer High School before she went to college and then moved to New York, race each other to the finish line of the Homer Mariner Triathlon at Homer High School on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The two remained on each other’s tail throughout much of the race before Shumaker passed Faulkner at the last second to claim first overall. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Tri on deck this weekend

The annual Homer Mariner Triathlon is coming up this weekend and promises as much fun and friendly education as ever. It all kicks off at… Continue reading

Anchorage resident Brian Shumaker and Kristin Faulkner, who used to swim for Homer High School before she went to college and then moved to New York, race each other to the finish line of the Homer Mariner Triathlon at Homer High School on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The two remained on each other’s tail throughout much of the race before Shumaker passed Faulkner at the last second to claim first overall. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Reeling ‘em in: Setnetting is a memorable, mud-humping epoch

Every year, the opening day of the Kachemak Bay Coho Salmon Gillnet Fishery brings back some epic memories, especially about the first time we tackled… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in:

Last Saturday the Nick Dudiak Lagoon was opened to snagging at noon and the weather was perfect for it. The coho cruising around inside were… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in: Wear your PFD and learn to swim

I’ve been asked several times if I can recollect landing my first fish. Nope, although I vividly recall the procedures that I had to go… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in: Experiment to catch wily silvers

Now that the silvers are running into each other and showing off at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, I’ve received a plethora (big bunch) of… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in: Silvers being snobby at the hole

I dropped in on my favorite fishing spot inside the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon to pick up a couple of silvers for the bar-b last… Continue reading

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Gardens glow in annual tour

Despite a forecast of clouds and rain, the sun shined Sunday on the Homer Garden Club’s 12 annual Homer Garden Tour. The tour featured five… Continue reading

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Reeling ‘em in: Spiny dogfish are deserving of contempt

I received some inquiries about my recent social slights concerning those sweet little spiny dogfish (small sharks) that are pulverizing the bait presentations of some… Continue reading

Nick Varney.
Bailey Lowney shows a group of women an example of the kind of skates needed for roller derby during an informational meeting Friday, June 29, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Lowney, a former derby player, and several other local women are working to form Homer’s first roller derby team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Roller derby comes to Homer

If women in Homer have been looking for a way to combine a love of comradery, female empowerment and smashing into stuff, they might just… Continue reading

Bailey Lowney shows a group of women an example of the kind of skates needed for roller derby during an informational meeting Friday, June 29, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Lowney, a former derby player, and several other local women are working to form Homer’s first roller derby team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)