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Topic: Homer Winter King Derby - March 24th  (Read 420 times)

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kardinal_84

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  • Kayak Fishing Southcentral Alaska
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  • Date Registered: Mar 2011
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Ok.  I have not been out fishing since the October Elks Derby.  I have a lot going on and every time I think about going the marine weather has been ugly or the roads icy. 

We are going to enter the Homer Winter King Derby again.  That's March 24th I believe. 

The fishing has been ultra slow from what I can gather.  The ocean conditions have changed considerably.  As one exmaple, the commercial fishing Pacific Cod quota was cut 80% this year in the area.  Some of the better charter boats have been finding fish, but even they seem to be having a harder time with both the number of fish and the weather.

Having said that, even in the years of abundance, I have never hooked up to more than one fish.  This March derby is tough/.  But that's what I like about it.  With it be tough for even powerboats, I look at it as a prime chance to have a kayaker win it.  Fewer fish overall means any given fish has a better chance of winning it.  The lack of cod and pollock will also have us trying different tactics potentially.

At any rate, it's obviously still the dead of winter as I look out the window, but I wanted to get people thinking about it as March is only a few days out. 

On a final note, I wrote a piece that was published in Alaska Magazine (Not Fish Alaska, but Alaska Magazine) in the March edition.  Of course I had to use Ryu since he seems to be the King slayer of the group.  Let me know what you think if you get a chance to see it!
Personal Chauffeur for Kokatat & Hobie Fishing Team member, Ryu .

Personal fishing sites of Alaska Kayak Angling adventures of my son and I. I am NOT a guide.
guidesak.blogspot.com
AlaskaKayakFisher.com


AKFishOn

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I plan on being there again! 
"If your hands ain't bleeding, you ain't fishing hard enough!"


easyyakker

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I plan to be there. Alas, I think I'll be in a powerboat. I haven't trolled in a powerboat for a couple years.


kardinal_84

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  • Perseverance Pays!
  • Kayak Fishing Southcentral Alaska
  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • Date Registered: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 4216
I plan to be there. Alas, I think I'll be in a powerboat. I haven't trolled in a powerboat for a couple years.

It's not going to be easy off of any platform if this weather keeps up.  But that's what makes it fun.  Any fish will be a good fish this year!
Personal Chauffeur for Kokatat & Hobie Fishing Team member, Ryu .

Personal fishing sites of Alaska Kayak Angling adventures of my son and I. I am NOT a guide.
guidesak.blogspot.com
AlaskaKayakFisher.com


 

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