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2014 HOMER WINTER KING SALMON TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to our 2014 Winter King Tournament Champion—Raymond Tepp of Kenai, AK winning $19,026 with a 30.6 lbs. king.
Yesterday’s (March 22, 2014) 21st Annual Homer Winter King Tournament was a great success with 906 anglers fishing from 270 boats who caught 202 fish. This year’s tournament was the second best, in terms of those numbers, winter king event that the Homer Chamber of Commerce has ever produced.
Yesterday’s sunny skies and comfortable seas meant that all 270 boats, including three kayaks, could get out and enjoy fishing the entire day.
Top Ten winners in the Tournament who shared in the $67, 950 pool were:
1 Raymond Tepp / Kenai AK Inlet Plunder 30.60 $19,026.00
2 Eric Kjelland / Eagle River AK Liberty 25.90 $12,684.00
3 Jon Bartelds / Kenai AK Tern 25.70 $9,966.00
4 Matt Hockema / Fritz Creek AK Arctic Assault 25.40 $7,248.00
5 William Lancaster / Homer AK Let's Go 23.90 $5,436.00
6 Brandon / McCutcheon / Anchorage Da Yooper 23.30 $4,530.00
7 Matt Wasson / Anchorage AK Anchorman 23.20 $3,624.00
8 Toras Fisk (92 years old) Homer AK Silver Beach 22.50 $2,718.00
9 Steve / Whiting Anchorage AK Tide Runner 22.20 $1,812.00
10 Russell / Geagel Seldovia AK Miss Brookie 21.50 $906.00
Eleventh-Twentieth place winners shared in merchandise worth $5625:
11 Colton Collier / Seldovia AK Northern C 20.80 Merchandise
12 Kathy McDonough / Homer AK Latis 20.30 Merchandise
13 Wylie Donich / Homer AK Optimist 19.90 Merchandise
14 Jake Garner / Anchorage AK Reel Screamer 19.90 Merchandise
15 Mark Lockwood / Kenai AK Catcher 19.80 Merchandise
16 Doug Garland / Palmer AK Water Spirit 19.80 Merchandise
17 Charlie Edwards / Homer AK Triton 18.90 Merchandise
18 Jane Klopfer / Anchorage AK Big Kahuna 18.80 Merchandise
19 Ariel Mercier / Sterling AK Equus 18.80 Merchandise
20 Lenny Dipalo / Kasilof AK Spare Change 18.30 Merchandise
Boat Side Bet payout totaled $47,775.
It’s interesting to note that the Boat Side Bet money was shared out more widely this year. In the past, many years the Side Bet gambles went to the boat with the Champion winner on it. That individual could wind up with twice as much in winnings.
This year however, the winning captain and boat did not place side bets, and that opened it up throughout all the Side Bet categories.
The Skunk Bet (betting that the boat caught at least one fish) payout was $107.61 per boat. 132 entered, 46 won.
Other prizes awarded:
The Youth Award (17, or less, years old), sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce ($250), was won by Wylie Donich, who also placed 13th overall. This is the second year Wylie has taken home the Youth Award. He was fishing on his dad Daniel’s boat, the Optimist.
Largest white king, sponsored by Café Cups ($250) was won by Mark Bevins of Kenai with a 17.6 lbs fish, fishing on the In-Seine.
The John Hillstrand Memorial Award, given to the boat captain who had the Tournament’s Champion onboard, went to Raymond Tepp, who was piloting his own boat, Inlet Plunder.
Although a kayak category was introduced this year, none of the three kayakers entered caught a fish, so no prize was given.
Roughly 40% of anglers entered were from Anchorage, and 40% from Homer. The other 20% came from Outside and other towns in Alaska.
2014 WKT Top Three:
Top three winners, l-r, in the 21st annual Homer Winter King Tournament sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, March 22,
Third place - Jon Bartelds, Eagle River, 25.7 lbs
Second place - Eric Kjelland, Eagle River, 25.9 lbs
Champion - Raymond Tepp, Kenai, 30.6 lbs.