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    some pics from today... the 3 at the mouth are a panorama, there is ice at least a mile up the bay on the homer side.
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    here-s the other 2
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    That's got to be a first. I've never seen it iced on in the bay like that in almost 30 years. Have you?
    Thanks for the pics. Any bets on the derby this year? Still lots of time....
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    Get out there and drill some holes in that stuff!!!!!

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    Looks like nobody going fishing down there anytime soon......
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    Well it looks like the Winter King derby will be moved again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullbuster View Post
    That's got to be a first. I've never seen it iced on in the bay like that in almost 30 years. Have you?....
    I think it did it just a couple of years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I think it did it just a couple of years ago.
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    Talking aww... it's not that bad...

    only a couple inches thick at the boat, and it is supposed to warm up to the 20's by this weekend. get a couple crab boats to bust it up and some big tides to carry it out and we'll be fishing in no time.
    of course that is not to say that it won't freeze up AGAIN by derby time ... last year the harbor froze up three times altogether, thawing in between for a week or more...
    derby is 2 1/2 months away...
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    Default Who knows?

    I bet you've heard, Dave, that it froze clear across to the other side in the old days. From a Pratt Museum web page:

    "Finally, sea ice came into play. One of the old timers offered that in 1947 Kachemak Bay had frozen all the way from Homer to Seldovia. But this is memorable only because it is exceptional."

    I heard it had done that in the twenties as well, hard enough to walk to Halibut Cove. That would be spooky! (don't know if it's true)

    Anyone for halibut fishing through the ice?

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    Ted Peterson who used to live in Bear Cove told me once he walked across the Bay in the 40's??? He passed away more than 20 years ago. A very interesting old timer.

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    yep, yule kilcher is said to have walked from his place to ted's in bear cove once when the bay was frozen.
    iced up a lot more than it is now in '98. we had nearly 30 below up on the ridge for 3 weeks, it broke the second week of february and snowed 4' in one night, woke up valentines day to chest high snow. it took us all morning to snowshoe to the road... of course it was a couple days before they plowed it
    the bay came as close to freezing across as it had in many years.
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    Default That was my first winter in Homer!

    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    yep, yule kilcher is said to have walked from his place to ted's in bear cove once when the bay was frozen.
    iced up a lot more than it is now in '98. we had nearly 30 below up on the ridge for 3 weeks, it broke the second week of february and snowed 4' in one night, woke up valentines day to chest high snow. it took us all morning to snowshoe to the road... of course it was a couple days before they plowed it
    the bay came as close to freezing across as it had in many years.
    I spent a LOT of time shoveling my roof that year... not to mention my driveway, my RV, my steam bath... I don't miss that much snow!

    Speaking of cold, I hear that that globe is cooling for the 8th straight year and the Arctic ice pack is seeing dramatic changes in thickness. The total amount of ice grew in October at the fastest pace since record-keeping began in 1979, bringing it back to levels from the 1980s. Them polar bears are havin' a party!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinookee2004 View Post
    Ted Peterson who used to live in Bear Cove told me once he walked across the Bay in the 40's??? He passed away more than 20 years ago. A very interesting old timer.
    ... to read his (Ted's) account of Bear Cove as opposed to his late ex-wife Elsa's account. I'll bet he was a fascinating character.

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    Red face i'm sure

    this is a dumb question.. but i am gonna ask anyway...
    how come the tides don't keep the ice busted up??

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    saltwater ice is pretty flexible, it just lays down as the tide recedes. the wind is keeping the ice against the spit right now, so the tide can't empty the ice from the harbor.
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    Default hmmmm... wonder if this works as a link?

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    Thumbs up well I've got to say...

    this has been a pretty interesting and informative thread.

    Walking across the bay?!? I'll pass on that one.

    Thanks for the pictures Dave, and thanks to everyone for the discussion. It's always fun to learn something new and hear a little local history.
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    Hey Dave, the next time that you video in the Blackfish wheelhouse, turn the chartplotter on and zoom in.
    Really I just want to see what icon that thing marks fishing spots with.

    I remember the harbor freezing, just not the Bay. If this global warming thing is going to work we all need to start burning more carbon fuel!
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    might be time to invest in a hovercraft to keep up the fishin!

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