Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2000

Small woman lands big fish

Cristina Johnson of Soldotna started the fishing season off in grand fashion on March 15, landing a 158-pound halibut while fishing out of Homer.

Cristina and her husband Patrick, a fishing guide, were out to do some crabbing, and they figured that, with the Homer Winter King Derby coming up, they'd drop a line and troll for some salmon.

The fish she snagged was a little bigger than expected, though.

The halibut outweighed 4-foot-11 Cristina by 61 pounds and took about 40 minutes to reel in on the 20-pound test line Patrick was using with the salmon tackle.

Kayaking symposium set for May

The 12th annual Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium will be May 12, 13 and 14 at Anchorage's Alaska Pacific University. The symposium brings together beginning and intermediate kayakers.

There will be a lecture series, including a keynote address by the editor of Sea Kayaking magazine, slide shows, pool sessions and practice lake session.

This year includes two new sections, intermediate refresher and youth and family.

Early registration will be open until May 1. Cost for the weekend package is $175 in early registration, $195 after May 1. Individual lectures cost $5, the keynote presentation is $8 and the full lecture series costs $50. The intermediate refresher section costs $75.

For more information, call 564-8314 or visit the symposium's Web site at www.alaskamountaineering.com/asks.

Black Bear baiting permits available April 17

Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be available April 17. Permits are free ad can be obtained at the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Permits are issued for exclusive one square mile areas in the part of the refuge open to black bear hunting. The baiting season is from May 1 to June 15, 2000. All bait stations also must be registered with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Archers wishing to use bait must complete an approved bowhunting course.

All hunters must have a valid Alaska hunting license and proof of completion of a bear hunter clinic in order to receive a baiting permit. The clinic will be offered by the Department of Fish and Game April 6 and 20, form 6 to 10 pm. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building and on May 5 at the Soldotna Sportsman Show.

For more information call the refuge at 262-7021 or Fish and Game at 262-9368.

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