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A 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Idaho took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby on Tuesday with a fish 57 pounds heavier than the previous leader.

Matt Tunseth
A bad day fishing in Alaska beats a good day playing video games, especially when anglers can haul in silver salmon. They're running from Homer to the Mat-Su. Matt Tunseth
Fish and Game attributes the strong return to the 132,000 silver smolts planted in May 2013. Silvers spend one year at sea before returning. By then, they’re far larger than the smolts, which weighed roughly 2 grams when they were released about 15 months ago. Mike Campbell
Backers of new restrictions on commercial fishing in Cook Inlet are taking credit for the steady stream of coho salmon returning to Mat-Su streams. Biologists and drift fishermen aren't so sure. 
The National Marine Fisheries Service has argued that 100 percent coverage on trawlers working Alaska waters is financially unreasonable for the commercial fishing operations. Craig Medred
Ben Mohr, who began work as a state fisheries adviser July 7, is best known around Bristol Bay as a spokesperson for the Pebble Partnership, which is trying to develop a huge mine in the region that is seen by many as a threat to the equally huge salmon run there.Pat Forgey
With fewer and fewer mature halibut swimming around in the North Pacific Ocean, catch limits for both commercial fishermen and sport-fishing charters are dropping. In the Alaska Gulf – Area 3A including Homer, Seward, Kodiak and Valdez – fishermen were allotted a 2014 total harvest of 9.43 million pounds, with 77.5 percent designated for the commercial sector.Naomi Klouda
The price for pinks, posted at about 28 cents per pound, seems too low to generate much of a post-sockeye fishing effort by many Bristol Bay fishermen.Dave Bendinger
With as many as 500 boaters with dipnets packed into a short section of the Kenai River, conditions can turn precarious. One family got tossed in the water after a collision, leading to a visit to the local hospital. Sean Doogan
Idaho Eagle Scout Jackson Hobbs, 16, learned Tuesday that his 335-pound halibut will stand up as the winner in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.Matt Tunseth

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