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Stacy is down in Baja near Cabo and my mind keeps drifting that way, wondering what is happening on those beaches.  Is he on the Pacific or the Sea of Cortez today?  They have a saying down there that pretty much fits all situations related to fishing.  It reminded me of a story from some years ago that I posted on my web page at http://www.mysticfishing.com/articlesandstories.html This story happened in Alaska and may be the exception.

Kenai River Brown Bear

Don't leave your fish on the bank.

No Bad Days…

My best friend and guiding partner Stacy Corbin is fond of the saying, “No Bad Days” when it comes to fishing.  He picked up a sticker with the quote down in Cabo at the Latitude 22+Roadhouse. He has it on the back window of his van. It reminds him of sunrise on the beach and mornings spent chasing roosterfish in the warm surf. Not a bad image. While I generally agree that any day-spent fishing is a good day, I know of an angler who might have a different view.

I was guiding a party for sockeye from a Kenai riverbank one summer day. A man walked in from a trail across the river and started fishing.  We did not pay him much mind, because the guys were busy landing fish. Someone later noted that the fellow was having no action. Eventually, he did hook a fish and we all cheered him on during the battle. He chased his fish around the riffle and tried to lead it toward the bank. The salmon would have none of it and kept sprinting toward deeper water, sending up showers of spray. We all groaned as the man fell in and lost his fish.

Watching him crawl from the river, we saw a cow moose come charging up the bank.  I do not know if he heard our yelling or not, but the dripping wet man looked up to see the moose bearing down. With a lunge, he cleared the water and dashed into the bushes. Thankfully, the moose kept on going before turning into the trees.  The reason the moose was running was soon clear. The man stepped out to stare after the moose and walked right into the path of a charging brown bear.
Those of us spending time in bear country have heard repeatedly, never to run from a brown bear. It would take a rare individual not to act as this fellow did. He instantly spun and dashed back into the woods. In hot pursuit of the moose, the bear reacted to the movement of the man and followed him out of sight.

As you can imagine, we feared the worst. The outcome seemed inevitable. You could have cut the tension with a knife. Thankfully, within a second, the man appeared, followed by the bear, which turned down the bank pursuing the moose. Good thing the guy was wearing waders. No bad days? Well, it depends on how you look at it.  When it comes to sockeye fishing, it is important to have a sense of humor and be ready for anything.

At least he got away clean, or at least unscathed.

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Kenai Kidz

Kenai Kidz

Pink shades and pink stripes.  They named the fish sparkles.

Mrs Telleen 30" Rainbow

Mrs Telleen 30" Rainbow

Got to take Momma and the kids fishing and Momma got a good one!

Kenai Upper Kenai Sockeye

Keno Upper Kenai Sockeye

JoelZ, Keno, and Phil (aka the Bear) joined me for the annual July sockeye fest with a few hours spared for rainbows and some tasty riverside treats.

Phil Middle Kenai Sockeye

Phil Middle Kenai Sockeye

Rainbows, Sockeye and a Brown Bear back

Rainbows, Sockeye and a Brown Bear back

The bears have been fun to watch this season.   Saw thirteen in one day of fishing in early July.  Who needs to fly to Brooks?

Note:  I had wireless problems and cell phone problems for several weeks, but now my wireless is working again and I have a new Blackberry for backup.  Fish On!

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