The crowds don't bother me much, but it seems that so many want to reduce them for various reasons. I see many people wanting to reduce the King anglers as long as they are not the ones being reduced. Most solutions that I have heard are not fair to everyone. It is a public resource and everyone should have equal access to it.
Nearly every artical that I read about King fishing on the Kenai includes " I caught X ammount of 25 lbrs and X ammount of 35 lbrs before I killed this 60 lbr". From what I have seen over the past 15 years this is where the growth of the fishery comes from. Most of these anglers come from states where they have plenty of oportunity to catch average sized kings.
The average angler from any place that doesn't have Salmon is thrilled with a 15-20lb King, and once they catch one, if the boat operator doesn't make them release it, they kill it and are done fishing for the day.
If anglers were required to keep the first King they caught it would give everyone an equal oportunity not only to fish the Kenai, but to catch a big one. It would get many boats off the water earlier, and many trophy hunters would choose to go elsewhere like the Nushigak where they could catch great numbers instead of hunting for the big one.
Perhaps to satisfy those who are only interested in catch and release the rule could be that if you release a King, you must release all of your Kings for the day.
Like I said the crowd doesn't bother me much, but if it has to be reduced it should be in a way that is fair to everyone.
What do you think?