My sister and I decided to head out to the Russian on our first trip together and got into some trooper trouble. I'll try to be un-biased as possible since i'm seriously considering contesting this ticket.
We got to the otherside of the Russian by ferry around 12:30PM and we were fishing about 50 YRDS (estimate) down of the gutting station. I caught a sockeye within 15 minutes of working the river and was doing fine until my 2nd catch. I caught my sockeye and had landed it toward the bank, from initially looking at it, it looked like a legal hook in its mouth so my sister got excited and conked its head with a bat a couple times. All the while a trooper was standing 4 feet to the side and said lets take a look at where its hooked. Upon closer look the hook actually entered through the bottom side of the fishes mouth. The trooper said it was an illegal catch and said that we killed the fish making it a violation. So he gave me a ticket of 125 + 10 surcharge = 135 bucks. He also warned me saying that I am attempting to snag fish out of the river because I jerk at the retrieve. What pissed me off was that he said he's been looking at me for 10 minutes + . So what that sounded like to me was he was just waiting for me to make a huge mistake to give a big ass ticket like this one.
I took a guided trip from a friend before on the Kenai ( he's been fishing on it for 10+ yrs) and he told me before I went a hook 2 inches from the mouth is fine. The hook was closer than 1 inch from the mouth. I could have maneuvered the end of the hook into the mouth, thats how close it was. Just that the hook entered the bottom portion of the mouth when I set the hook.
I am thinking about contesting this ticket and would like some feedback. Also what is considered a legal set hook in a fish? When your flossing, arn't you going to get the hook set on the outter portion of the mouth? It sounds unrealistic to only catch the fish when the hook is INSIDE the mouth of the fish.
Thanks for listening to my rant. I am probably in the wrong doing, but I just want some answers.