EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 appeared in our October issue’s front cover where Mike explained his draw towards “The Last Frontier” of Alaska. This past summer Mike fulfilled his lifetime dream and shared the Bristol Bay fishing scene and experiences with his 17 year-old daughter, Micah. And so, Part 2:
One of the things you learn is that the set net community is nothing but nice, and everyone is more than willing to drop everything to get you out of a jam, even when they don’t know you. The code of conduct is simple; at some point everyone is going to need help, and when you get that help, you pay it forward because it won’t be the last time. Compare that with people that go about their own business in some of our cities when someone is getting mugged…I can’t help but marvel at how socially disparate we can be. While not the only time I experienced selfless help while fishing this season, the most memorable was during the peak of the salmon run.
By July 6, we were slammed with fish – historically, the run is more spread out, but this year they all came at once. Old timers lamenting the odd situation started a lot of conversations with “I can’t remember when…”
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