While fishing the Kenai this year, my cousin and I discussed foul vs clean hooked fish. AK game rangers were at Bings citing foul hookers. Several folks were ticketed with $135 a pop. So here is the scenario. You clean hook a beautiful chromer and decide to take it home. Unfortunately this beauty has one or two hook marks, one behind the gill plate and one under the throat, which you notice, but since you are legal you decide to keep it. A ranger comes up to you and notices the foul hook marks and cites you for foul hooking. You protest that it was clean, as the ranger did not actually see the landing and hook removal, but she says she can tell it was foul hooked, and the citation sticks. This actually happened at Bings! Later that day I ran into an AK ranger who was peering at the fisherfolks with binos. I proposed the question to him as to how can I protect myself in this situation. He replied that if he did not actually see the hooking he will not write the citation. I told him that one lady ranger did that in the afternoon, he shrugged. He said that AKGF are not the bad guys, they want to be more research and that the Highway Patrol are the enforcers. NOW HERE'S THE KICKER. While approaching Bings at the top of the trail bu the orange fence I noticed a man standing in rain gear, hiking boots, not waders, just standing there, very full around the chest, he did have a rain coat on. I asked him if he was a ranger, he replied that he was not. I started to fish and told my cousin that I think that guy is a ranger. My cousin asked the guy next to him if the man standing on top of the hill is the one who cited him the other day and he said YES, that they will lie. So how do you protect yourself in that situation? I wanted to take a photo of the ranger on top of the hill but he was always behind a tree.