Anchorage angler wins big cash haul in Homer salmon tourney

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.



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