Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: So long and thanks for all the fish tips: Nick closes out the season

I had heard rumors that there were still some jumpers accompanying the incoming tides at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, so Jane and I checked… Continue reading

 

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Reeling ‘Em In: Summer fishing is winding down

We have reached the section of the summer’s trail where it starts to wind down into the valleys of September, soon to be awash in… Continue reading

 

Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Study techniques of the winner, not the whiner

I often get asked if it’s tough to write a fishing column while living in a community where more than half the population professes to… Continue reading

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Nick Varney
Nick Varney
Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Homer needs a Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon Olympiad

A myrida of events could be created out of fishing hole fun.

Nick Varney
Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers starting to appear

Silver salmon herald the autumnal equinox — but not just yet.

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Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to… Continue reading

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Anglers clean the day's catch on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the fish cleaning tables in the Seldovia harbor in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Anglers clean the day's catch on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the fish cleaning tables in the Seldovia harbor in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to… Continue reading

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Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Snooty silvers slipping into the Fishin’ Hole

First run of silvers can be downright insolent, but be patient.

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Lisa Stengel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighs a halibut on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Coal Point Seafoods in Homer, Alaska, that she caught with a pole spear while free diving in Kachemak Bay. If verified, the 71.4-pound halibut would be the International Underwater Spearfishing Association world record for a Pacific halibut caught be a woman using a pole spear. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Florida woman sets record for halibut caught with a pole spear

Stengel speared big halibut while free diving in Kachemak Bay.

Lisa Stengel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighs a halibut on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Coal Point Seafoods in Homer, Alaska, that she caught with a pole spear while free diving in Kachemak Bay. If verified, the 71.4-pound halibut would be the International Underwater Spearfishing Association world record for a Pacific halibut caught be a woman using a pole spear. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kayakers paddle across Kenai Lake on Saturday, June 12, 2021, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Camping goals: turn off the demands of work

‘Stand and stare’ a good motto for becoming a power camper.

Kayakers paddle across Kenai Lake on Saturday, June 12, 2021, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Reeling ‘Em In: Desperately seeking silvers on the 4th

I had received numerous emails enquiring if I had heard the rumor that silvers had been spotted off Pogi.

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Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to… Continue reading

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Fishermen gathered in droves to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Hole on Friday, June 25, when snagging opened. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In:

Things were upscale, breezy and cool at the spit’s fishing hole last Friday until a noon signal heralded that snagging was actually legal until 23:59… Continue reading

Fishermen gathered in droves to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Hole on Friday, June 25, when snagging opened. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
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Reeling ‘Em In: Salty fisherman gives snaggers an earful

Don’t cross ol’ Willie when confronted about dubious fishing methods.

Nick Varney
Nick Varney

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

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

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A sign and road blocker at the head of the Hidden Creek Trail on Skilak Lake Road warns people about bear activity on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Campers kayak to safety after Skilak bear attack

They were at the mouth of Hidden Creek along the shoreline of Skilak Lake

A sign and road blocker at the head of the Hidden Creek Trail on Skilak Lake Road warns people about bear activity on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to… Continue reading

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