Workers weigh king salmon at Coal Point Seafood Company on the Homer Spit during the annual Homer Winter King Derby on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. More than 1,200 anglers headed out onto the waters around Homer to fish for king salmon, docking again by 6 p.m. to see where their fish landed in the rankings. The winning fish, belonging to Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Workers weigh king salmon at Coal Point Seafood Company on the Homer Spit during the annual Homer Winter King Derby on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. More than 1,200 anglers headed out onto the waters around Homer to fish for king salmon, docking again by 6 p.m. to see where their fish landed in the rankings. The winning fish, belonging to Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Make way for the king

Though the ice is barely out, the Homer harbor buzzed with activity on Saturday as anglers hit the water for king salmon.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Winter King Salmon Derby on Saturday, drawing anglers from all over the state and country to fish the waters in and around Kachemak Bay for king salmon. More than 1,200 anglers headed out Saturday to fish, docking again by 6 p.m. to see where their fish landed in the rankings. The winning fish, belonging to Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish.

A harbor seal keeps an eye out for an incoming vessel in the Homer Small Boat Harbor during the annual Homer Winter King Derby on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. More than 1,200 anglers headed out onto the waters around Homer to fish for king salmon, docking again by 6 p.m. to see where their fish landed in the rankings. The winning fish, belonging to Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

A harbor seal keeps an eye out for an incoming vessel in the Homer Small Boat Harbor during the annual Homer Winter King Derby on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. More than 1,200 anglers headed out onto the waters around Homer to fish for king salmon, docking again by 6 p.m. to see where their fish landed in the rankings. The winning fish, belonging to Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

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