Creek Street Bridge fishing
By Gerald Scarzella
August 20, 2007
I didn't like the tone of Mr. Webb concerning the "slobs"
that fish at the Creek Street Bridge. There are quite a few
good hearted people that fish there, myself included. I cannot
speak for all the fisher-people that go to the bridge, but the
reason I go fishing there with my children is because of the
ease of casting/jigging with abundant fish around, easily accessible
area, and I don't own a boat.
I have seen my share of what Mr. Webb describes, but to categorize
and generalize all people that fish there is wrong. It amazes
me that so many people are interested in fishing in an unusual
location. I suppose they fish there for some of the same reasons
I do. There are times that the bridge is overcrowded with people,
both tourists and fishing people. One has to be careful of who
is next to them. But like many things, it is a fluid and dynamic
process. One hour there may be fifteen people fishing, the next
only three. I have seen many tourists be amazed at our stock
of salmon so close to a downtown location. And I think that
some of them like to see a person land a fish and keep it. You
should see all the cameras that come out of pockets and purses
to take a snap shot of a salmon from Alaska, caught by a local,
or a tourist. It's part of human nature to fish. Now I agree
that once you keep a fish, you should take care of it quickly
and properly. I personally use the cleaning table 100 yards
away, but I know I am the minority. More people need to be responsible
and clean fish properly.
As far as flying hooks go, I agree that it can be dangerous.
I have caused a few hooks to fly by too. Hooking a fish isn't
an exact science. And add the congestion that accompanies the
bridge, you increase your odds of hooking a bystander. But hooks
don't fly everytime someone catches a fish. I have yet to see
a hook injure someone, and I hope no one gets injured.
I didn't like the overall generalization of what happens at the
bridge and that's why I am responding to Mr. Webb's letter.
I hope that if someone knows the exact number of times they cross
a bridge, they would be able to see all other aspects of a situation
and not characterize people. I will continue to fish at the
bridge with my children, and enjoy the natural bounty of fish
that we are truly blessed with in the "Salmon Capital of
Local Fishing Slob
Received August 16, 2007 -
Published August 20, 2007
About: " 4-year Ketchikan
resident, life-long Alaska resident."
fishing on a public sidewalk By Olney Webb - Ketchikan, AK
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