Alaska Travel Stories

FISH ON!!!!!!!!

by Patty Fortner

After a day of guided fishing with Jesse, my son, NIck, and a few other guests were fishing in waders off the shore below the lodge. He hooked a King at about 11:35 and screamed "FISH ON!!!!" He was trying to bring it in and the line got caught on a rock in 2 different places. RJ, being experienced at that, unhooked the line. The fish then got hooked on the rocks and that had to be worked out. By this time they were 20 feet out into the slipery rocks of the Kenai. Dan, who helped the fishers at night, was downstream with his net ready to scoop up the fish under any circumstances. The entire time, guests and guides were doing everything possible to help Nick bring in that king. Finally, at 11:57 PM he pulled it in. It was a group effort and just in the "Nick of Time" so that he could catch kings the next day. Afterward, Nick said, "if I never catch another fish (which by the way he did) the whole time I am here, that catch make the whole trip worthwhile!