Greg Brush, owner and operator of EZ Limit Guide Service out of Soldotna, made headlines earlier this year with his voluntary catch and release Kenai king fishing for the 2013 fishing season.
Brush, who said he decided conservation of Kenai River kings was more important than anglers taking home one of the prized fish, said he’s had no problem passing on information about how imporant and genetically unique Kenai kings are and how important it is to allow big salmon to reach their spawning said. Earlier in July, a group of six farmers from North Dakota came up to fish for trophy kings on the Kenai with Brush. The group landed two fish. One was a 40-pound hen and the other a 60-pound buck, both of which Brush said were “happily, voluntarily and successfully released back into the glacial green waters of the river to continue their march upstream.”
Andy Peterson, of Grafton N.D., fought the fish for nearly half an hour, taking the boat nearly two miles down the river before laying over to the net.
“The chrome-bright buck of 51-inches was hooked in Porters Hole on a K16 Kwikfish lure with a single hook, was kept in the water at all times and promptly released,” Brush said.