I'm a board member on the Homer Chamber of Commerce and wanted to get you the best information on the upcoming one-day Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.
This year's tourney is a week earlier than usual because of a hockey tournament on the 24th. So, the scoop is:
Saturday, March 17th, lines in at 9AM, out at 4PM.
Because of unusual ice conditions in the harbor the tournament committee will be checking the weather forecast (and harbor ice) and make an announcement by the 13th if the tournament needs to be postponed. Then the event will probably take place the following weekend on the 24th.
Here's the link to the Winter King Tournament page on the HCOC website. It has downloadable entry forms, rules, etc. Or you can call the Chamber at 907-235-7740 and the staff can take a credit card and sign you up. You don't need to have your fishing license number when you call, but you absolutely need a license and king stamp when you get on the boat to go fishing. You will need to know the name of the boat you're fishing on when you sign up.
The event costs $100 to enter. For that price you get a chance to win prizes (announced every 15 minutes over the VHF, food and beer at the post-tournament party, one-day launch pass, and lucky salmon bead necklace to bring on your boat to rub.
The Chamber can also help you find a boat to go out on (my boat is already booked). Lately per person prices for a charter boat participating in the tournament start around $300.
Last year's winner, Mike Walls, took home over $30k. Here's a link to a video I put together for the Chamber of last year's tournament.
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask...jim