I was fishing the Deshka. After four hours and no takes I had noticed that one area was getting some kings. I pulled the anchor and motored slowly to into the area being careful not to ruin anyone’s good time. I danced around trying several spots there but as you all know you have to be in the "hole" to get them.
Then a guy in a great boat hollered to me " come along side, it's OK!" This boat was in the "prime" spot. I couldn't believe my ears! He had watched me dancing around the "spot" without interfering with anyone and had the heart to ask me in. This was a true fishing gentleman. I quickly pulled along side and asked if he really meant for me to anchor up along side of his boat. He said "sure, there's plenty of room and plenty of fish, anchor up and don't worry about getting too close, I have bumpers that will protect our boats.
I don't know how to tell you all how generous this fisherman was. I have too often seen just the opposite, where a guy would yell..."Hey, I'm fishing here, get the ---- off" But as I said, this man was a gentleman and a fine fisherman to boot! He had already caught his nice 35 to 40 ponder and was expertly coaching his two young charges in the fine art of king fishing. He was an X-guide and he also coached me in the technique needed to get hookups and made a totally fine day for me.
You know who you are and I'm saying a big THANKS TO YOU! I do wish that all of us could be as generous as this man was and is. As I pulled anchor at the end of a very fine day he said," hey I don't even know your name?" I hollered I'm Jesse" and he said..."my names Mike".
Hats off to you Mike! You are a fine example for all of us who come shoulder to shoulder in pursuit of that which we love in Alaska.
I will never forget, and I will try to pass the proper fishing etiquette that you portrayed on to the next guy.