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Reeling ‘Em In: Local fishing ‘like a hot streak in Vegas’

Sport fishing marred by those who don’t grasp the concept of ‘sport’

 

Anglers try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on Saturday, May 29, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. The floating pen is for hatchery fish to imprint on the lagoon before being released into Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News0

Reeling ‘Em In:

We get all kinds of email questions about the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon or, as Piscatorial Pursuits calls it, “the poor man’s charter boat.” Seriously… Continue reading

 

Anglers fish for king salmon on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Homer Spit looking like its own self again

Chinook fishing looks good in the fishing hole — but watch out for those seals.

 

A couple walks along the beach, left, as a family fishes on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the end of the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Kings starting to bite at the fishin’ hole

Nick is back with hot fishing tips and his usual award winning writing.

A couple walks along the beach, left, as a family fishes on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the end of the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Reeling ‘Em In: Nick wraps up his summer fishing column

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick wraps up his summer fishing column

It was a short, strange, summer but it looks like the season for doubling the layers of my rain gear has finally arrived. Soon the… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick wraps up his summer fishing column
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Reeling ‘Em In: Try out Nick’s smokin’ salmon brine recipe

Reeling ‘Em In: Try out Nick’s smokin’ salmon brine recipe

I was watching some cool looking, single engine, private jets rocketing out of the airport the other day when I realized they were a nice… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Try out Nick’s smokin’ salmon brine recipe
Reeling ‘Em In: Skill level of some fish filletters is surreal

Reeling ‘Em In: Skill level of some fish filletters is surreal

Last weekend as I was cruising the Homer Spit’s cleaning tables to see what was flopping on the cutting counters, I came across a surreal… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Skill level of some fish filletters is surreal
Reeling ‘Em In: Nick offers tips for catching those cohos

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick offers tips for catching those cohos

I’m still receiving complaints that the smug silvers are continuing to drive some of you nuts at the Fishing Hole. Remember they are fish and… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick offers tips for catching those cohos
Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers are still not strong in Fishing Hole

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers are still not strong in Fishing Hole

While Turk and I were watching the water evaporate at The Fishing Hole early last week, a guy let fly with a rig composed of… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers are still not strong in Fishing Hole
Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers not coming easily in lagoon

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers not coming easily in lagoon

I have found myself challenged by a perplexing conundrum brought to my attention by some exceptionally annoyed piscatorians haunting the fishing lagoon in search of… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers not coming easily in lagoon
Reeling ‘Em In: Dolly Varden fishing opening up; silvers sneaking in

Reeling ‘Em In: Dolly Varden fishing opening up; silvers sneaking in

The staff at the Reeling ‘Em In headquarters has been diligently sifting through a myriad of cyber correspondence from fisherpersonage bemoaning the fact that they… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Dolly Varden fishing opening up; silvers sneaking in
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Reeling ‘Em In: Kings still around at fishing hole while silvers not yet here

The weather was phenomenal over the Fourth of July weekend. Visitors, as well as locals, seemed to enjoy barbecuing themselves along with the goodies they… Continue reading

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Reeling ‘Em In: Fishing Hole snagarama ends today

Reeling ‘Em In: Fishing Hole snagarama ends today

The Spit’s Fishing Hole has been sort of drag lately. In fact, things became so grim that the lagoon’s mayor, Tom, gave up the ghost… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Fishing Hole snagarama ends today
Reeling ‘Em In: Nick offers tips on catching those Fishin’ Hole kings

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick offers tips on catching those Fishin’ Hole kings

Last Sunday, around o-dark-thirty, the action heated up at the Spit’s fishing lagoon, according to its mayor, Tom, who has been keeping vampire hours out… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick offers tips on catching those Fishin’ Hole kings
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Reeling ‘Em In: King run is fishing hole is good, but neurotic

The kings are coming into The Fishing Hole in heftier schools, but they remain Beverly Hills snobbish when it comes to what and when they… Continue reading

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Fishermen young and old try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on June 4, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Action picking up at the fishing hole

Well, you can sure tell that the summer season is starting to kick loose on the Spit. A vet buddy called to report that, just… Continue reading

Fishermen young and old try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on June 4, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Reeling ‘Em In: Honkin’ tides present fishing challenges

Reeling ‘Em In: Honkin’ tides present fishing challenges

Double check your gear folks. Honkin’ tides are heading our way and hopefully, fishing action will start firing on all cylinders in the open freshwater… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Honkin’ tides present fishing challenges
Reeling ‘Em In: Nick is back with summer fishin’ report

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick is back with summer fishin’ report

Howdy folks. Yep, we’re back and wish to offer our apologies for not having the usual fishing report ready last week. Chalk it up to… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick is back with summer fishin’ report
Reeling ‘Em In: Nick says ‘So long, and thanks for all the feedback, tips and tales’

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick says ‘So long, and thanks for all the feedback, tips and tales’

Before we roll into the last fishing report for the season, I’d like to say that it has been another great run especially because of… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick says ‘So long, and thanks for all the feedback, tips and tales’
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