I keep hearing how there is so much "Angler controversy" during the King season, but never hear too much about issues during coho fishing.
I have been out Silver fishing (4) times this fall and during (2) of those trips I have gotten into yelling matches with people. I rarely ever see people yelling at each other during King season, so I ask myself what is causing this. "Anchoring", yep you got it, the number one issue with coho fishing on the Kenai is Anchoring. Here are my two instances where things got heated and tell me if I was in the wrong.
1.) 3 boats were fishing a drift backtrolling, myself and two guide boats. There was one 50 ft section of the drift where each of the boats would hook up. This went on for about an hour when a non-guided boat (like myself) decided to idle up right below me and prep to drop the hook. I told the guy he was anchoring right in the middle of the drift that we all had been fishing for an hour. He got mad yelled back, etc. Told me I didn't own the river, etc. I think that is wrong to screw up everyone elses fishing just because you want to anchor right on the "hot spot".
2.) Went out another time and saw a buoy in the river (right in the middle of my back trolling drift) and thought it was from a person fighting a King, because there wasn't a boat in sight. We end up doing a drift and catching a fish then go back up (about 20 minutes worth). Since people were anchored all around I decide to anchor 100 feet below the buoy. Long story short a guide set an anchor to save his spot, then went to pick up clients. I thought that was the most chicken #$%& thing to do, especially for a guide, and then of course he yells at me for anchoring right on top of him, etc.
The board of fish needs to look at regulations for Coho fishing on the river, because once anchors get envloved tempors flare.