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'Combat fishing' pits man against man in Alaska

There are those who think of fishing as a contemplative sport. A chance to plant hip waders in a sparkling stream, stash a cold drink in the belt pocket and dream of man's mystic connections to the water and the dark shapes lurking below. They, however, would not be many Alaskans, at least not when the sockeye start making their headlong summer rush up the Kenai River. As if mimicking the salmon's annual journey, anglers climb into cars, pickups and campers, speed down the Seward Highway from Anchorage, lug poles and nets to the water's edge and start, by God, fishing. During the long-lighted days of July, the scenic riverbanks become a battle zone -- man versus fish, man...

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