You got two types of guides in Alaska. You got your salt captains and you got your River captains. We have totally different waters, but both live, eat, and sleep fishing. There is an ongoing joke with the ole salt captains that us river guides have it easy floating down the river in our shades and short getting a nice golden tan. While the salt captains battle 8 foot swells and dogfish. I've learned to let em take the oars through some mild rapids one time, and they respect you a little more. This year I met a salt captain from Michigan named Cole that will be family from now on. Cole had been guiding the Great Lakes for King Salmon since he was 13, and the guy was one hell of a fisherman I tell you what. Well one day we were having a classy natty light after work (Natural Light beer), and Cole was talking about how everybody back home was going crazy about a 25lb King salmon caught on the great lakes. We both had the next day off and I told Cole I could put him on a 30lb king tomorrow, if he could handle it. At first he thought I was joking and said he would be a god back home if that happened. I told him we could do it and were launching at 3:15 am. Those salt guides arent use to that! That next morning I took Cole straight to my special spot on the river and told him to get ready your about to get a take down in 20 feet. Sure enough he had a major takedown and Cole gave that fish jessee! The King started heading upstream which tells you he is a big fish, but we were able to get him back down in front of the boat. After about a 10 minute fight we were able to net a 32lb king and make those Great Lake KIngs look like his little sister! Just another win for the river captains against the salt captains.
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