Anchorage — The Homer Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Winter King Salmon Tournament only lasts one day, but Leszek Kuligowski of Anchorage turned it into a big payday last weekend in the 20th annual event.
Kuligowski landed the biggest fish -- 35.10 pounds -- of the 162 kings caught on a blustery day in Kachemak Bay, and that haul aboard his boat, the Glas Ply, combined with five boat side bets to land him a cool $41,247. The big fish was worth $15,372 and the side bets netted another $25,875.
Kuligowski also won the John Hillstand Memorial Award for being the captain of the boat that brought in the winning fish.
Christopher Hollwedel of Wasilla finished second with a 27.35 pounder that earned him $10,248 in prize money, and Jim Morgan of Anchorage landed a 25.45 pounder that bagged him $8,052. Morgan's fish doubled as the largest white winter king, which snagged him an additional $250.
Also, 16-year-old Wylie Donich of Homer not only earned $732 for his 10th-place fish of 20.65 pounds, but earned an additional $300 by winning the Bill Thompson Youth Award.
In all, total fish caught weighed more than 1,750 pounds.
The seven-hour event drew 732 anglers, including six kayakers, finishing on 206 boats.
20th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament
Top 10 overall (prize money) -- 1) Leszek Kuligowski, Anchorage, 35.10 pounds ($15,372); 2) Christopher Hollwedel, Wasilla, 27.35 ($10,248); 3) Jim Morgan, Anchorage, 25.45 ($8,052); 4) Rudolph J. Schoepke, Homer, 24.25 ($5,856); 5) Russell Walls, Homer, 23.65 ($4,392); 6) Edward O. Heath, Anchorage, 23.50 ($3,660); 7) Toras Fish, Homer, 23.25 ($2,928); 8) Shannon Bevegui, Anchorage, 22.00 ($2,196); 9) Terry French, Anchorage, 20.80 ($1,464); 10) Wylie Donich, Homer, 20.65 ($732).
Biggest White Winter King (prize money) -- 1) Jim Morgan, Anchorage, 25.45 ($250).
Bill Thompson Youth Award (prize money) -- 1) Wylie Donich, Homer, 20.65 ($300).
John Hillstrand Memorial Award (captain of boat with biggest fish) -- Leszek Kuligowski, Anchorage.
Note: An earlier version of this article misstated the total weight of fish caught in the tournament.