I have to share this dip netting story from last week.
We were dip netting on the Kenai with our boat. I was driving, watching people get stuck high and dry for four hours with their boats, and my wife and oldest boy were fishing. When we cruised by the edge of the pillars of a large dock (where we often net fish) she got caught on something. I heard her yell, then a metal clang, then I saw the 1/2 inch rope snap in half! I asked if she was ok and she was but didn't want to talk about it because she lost the dip net. After a few minutes she said she wanted to get it back and I told her it was a shipping dock and it's 25 feet deep, plus the current is strong and there are boats going by constantly, but you can't tell her no in these situations. She grabbed my good stainless steel gaff and I said no, but there was no "no" so we did it. I pulled next to the pillars where we lost it and she said "I have something, get closer!" Just then the current was pulling the bow away and I tried to compensate but it was too late and she yelled a few things I can't put in this story. My nice stainless steel gaff and the dip net were gone. She said she wanted to go back to Anchorage and "don't talk to me", but I talked her in to fishing some more, and we did with only one net. As she started catching some fish, she got in a better mood, and as the tide went out I could see that a tree had gotten lodged on the upriver side of those docks. As we went by we saw the edge of the net! "Let's get it!"
I pulled the boat up and she grabbed the rusty gaff (only one I had left and why she didn't use that one in the first place I don't know). She gaffed it and pulled, but it was stuck. This time I wasn't pulling away. She reached and got the fillet knife and cut part of the torn net off and I heard her pull it in from inside the cab. "I got it!" she yelled with excitement. Then she yelled louder "And I got the gaff!" A few seconds later she yelled even louder, "AND I GOT A FISH!!!" (apparently a red had gotten tangled in the net while it was stuck).
It was a happy ending.
Anyone else have a good story?