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Iím on the winter king tournament committee and Iíll be glad to answer questions for forum members. Here are the highlights for this year's tournament (don't call it a derby, it a tourny!).
This year is the 20th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, to be held on Saturday, March 23rd!
I can tell you that no one I know of (private or charter) has any openings for anglers on their boats for this yearís tournament. You can call the Homer Chamber of Commerce (the tournament organizer) to get your name on a waiting list. If a captain has a cancellation, or needs to fill their boat, they know to call the chamber and get names from this list. There are only a couple of names on the list right now, and the higher youíre on the list the more likely youíll can get a spot if an opening shows up. Call the Chamber at 907-235-7740 and get signed up!
This yearís tourney has some nice changes. The Boat Side Bets have been revamped. The maximum number of side bets under the name of a boat is FIVE plus the $50 Skunk Bet. With 10 monetary categories ($25, $50, $75, $100, $125, $150, $200, $250, $300, $500), that gives other boats more chances to win.
The Entry Fee is still $100 per angler. You can print out an Entry form or call the Chamber and sign up over the phone. You can get more information at the Chamber Winter King Tournament website and can download Entry form and Side Bet form here.
One of the coolest things about this event is that there are merchandise giveaways all day long. Via VHS channel 69, tournament HQ pulls anglerís names every 15 minutes and gives away a prize, usually worth at least $50. We have a ton of merchandise prizes again this year. The value of the ďbell ringerĒ prizes from last yearís Winter King Salmon Tournament was almost $16,000!
Thereís no raffle this year. Instead thereíll be a Split The Pot drawing ($20 per ticket) which will be the last prize of day announced on channel 69 promptly at 4pm at ďLines OutĒ. And weíll have another Spit The Pot during the post-tourny party at Coal Point. Youíll be able to buy tickets Friday only at Chamber, and Saturday only at Coal Point.
The other new prize this year is $250 for the heaviest WHITE King, $250. And for your 100 bucks you get some other cool stuff like one free overnight moorage in the Homer Harbor.
We urge those of you who plan on coming down to KEEP YOUR BOATS DUG OUT of the snow. Owners who want to bring their boat down early can contact Mike Stockburger at Homer Boat Yard () at 907-235-7158 for 25% off monthly rates. He has about 10-12 spaces available. If you want to STAGE your boat there within 2 WEEKS of the tournament, heíll let you park for free. He has a large tow vehicle with chains and can launch your boat in just about any conditions. Youíll need to work out the rate on the tow with him if you need that service.
As folks who have participated in the past know, this is a fun event, but itís also one of the biggest fundraisers for the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. After 20 years, itís run right and a blast to participate in. We look forward to seeing you at the End of The Road!