Visitors appreciate act of sportsmanship on river

Posted: Monday, August 09, 2004

On July 22, fishing on the Kenai River at Beaver Creek, with our guide David Fandel, we were back bouncing. We had a 10-year-old boy on board and he hooked a nice king salmon. There were boats all around us and not much room to play the fish. The boat closest to ours was guided by Randy Berg. When the boy hooked the king, Randy, without hesitation, cut the lines of the rods in his boat that were on the same side as the boys' rod and moved his boat out of the way.

After the boy landed the king, David went back to Randy's boat and thanked him for cutting the lines. We all thanked Randy, and I told him that was one of the finest acts of sportmanship I have seen in a long time. David gave Randy some gear from his tackle box to replace the gear Randy had lost. A fine gesture on David's part.

The acts by both guides were a credit to them and their profession. The boy's king weighted 40 pounds, making a happy boy and proud father. Thanks again for the professional acts of both guides.

Norm and Nita Palmer, Lapine, Oregon



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