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Some people need lessons in common courtesy, and my son was about to teach this lesson to a fella at HPCL yesterday afternoon.
Like me, Matt works for Fedex Home Delivery, and that division works Tuesday through Saturday.
Matt had taken a precious vacation day to hit the lake with his friend Joey.
After fishing for a few hours and catching some decent fish, they decided to hit a point that is very stumpy, and has yielded many nice fish for us over the years.
Almost immediately, Joey hung into a pig and the big fish wrapped him up on some structure and broke him off.
So, they decided to beat the area thoroughly before moving on.
Anyway, Matt said they had been watching a guy in an orange kayak beating the banks for panfish approaching, and was obviously heading in their direction. Matt figured the guy would ease around them and go about his way.
No such luck. The guy stopped his craft right in front of them, and started throwing his baits right across where they were fishing. Matt said he was sitting right where they had been throwing (this point has a "sweet spot') and even made a cast towards their boat! Matt asked him if he could move down a bit so they could continue hitting the spot.
The guy seemed incredulous at this request, and proceeded to tell Matt he didn't "own" the lake, and he had paid his cash and would fish wherever he felt like!
Now, Matt said he easily could have cast twenty five feet over the fella's yak, that's how close he was.
Matt told him he understood he paid his money, but they were there first, so he needed to move on.
At this the guy launched into a tirade, cursing and saying how if they could make him move, then he would gladly go on his way!
Some of you here know my kid, he takes after his Mom in temperament, not like his old man, lol.
But he is a stout 6 foot one inch, and scales 250 pounds.
By now, he and Joey had heard enough. The boys reeled up their c rigs, and Matt told the guy he could have that spot, but stay away from them the rest of the day.
Matt motored to a point across the lake, and they began fishing again, muttering about the guy.
Lo and behold, they hear a noise, and here he comes, again crossing in front of them, and casting where they were.
The proverbial straw had broken the camel's back...
Matt sat down, and unleashed the 54 pound thrust trolling motor right at his antagonist! The guy reeled up, and thinking Matt was serious, took off, unleashing a torrent of profanities at them.
Matt couldn't catch him, but told him he would see him later at the dock.
The guy sped off in the direction of the marina, so Joey and Matt let him go on his stupid way.
When they arrived at the dock, he was not to be seen, so the incident was reported to staff.
Matt said he had never seen him before, but would know him if he did, his yak had an "Ultimate Bass.Com" sticker on it.
It just is amazing how inconsiderate some people are these days, he had the entire lake to fish, yet felt he had to ruin an otherwise good day for other people.
He's just fortunate Matt didn't get his hands on him...:mad:
 

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My hat is off to your son for doing all he could to avoid a confrontation. Not sure what was wrong with the other guy. I try to think that they have had a bad day or days when something like that happens, but some people just have to be discourteous, not matter what someone does to avoid them. Sorry this happened to your son.
 

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it could have been alot worse and the attitude that people think they own the water is some what annoying as well. atleast he was in a kayak and not a bass boat coming in hot up on a plane... There's ways for multple people to fish the same area with consideration and there's also ways to be a complete *** about it. This guy seems to be in the middle lol... No reason to get mad about it though after all it is a public use area. It happens on a regular basis to me. But usually the speeding bass boat coming in hot on a plane. I just pack my things and leave to find some where less crowded.

Happy Easter lol
 

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I had some flip side incidents a couple of weeks ago. I paddled Harris for a couple of hours and I do mean paddled; I wanted to get some exercise, not just fish. So my plan was to troll the points from Hollemans to the bridge, up one side and down the other. It turned out there was a big tourney and it was just a nice day in general so it was full of boats. So I had to deviate from shoreline trolling a lot. And I did; if there was a boat beating the banks, I would go on the back side and not come too close. But several times as I approached, one of the people on the boat would turn around and throw a C Rig or some other massive chunk of metal as far as they could, "claiming" a substantial distance on the backside of the boat and making me go pretty far out in the channel to go around. I am a good paddler; I don't splash about and I make as little noise as I can when trolling, but my guess is they were afraid I would spook the fish that were way too far away to see my sky blue yak and likely deaf from the constant whine of motors in the water.

I did respect their "claim" to the water, but I did not appreciate them claiming much more area than they were actually fishing.
 

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This guy could have shared the spot, instead he chose to place his yak between Matt and the bank, right where they were fishing. An absolute tweak of the nose.
And, he even cast to within a few feet of their boat.
 

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Sorry this had to happen. A lot of folks just don't get it. Had a person pulling a water skier that went between us and the bank we were cast to. Little did they know the area was full of stumps just under the surface. I do not know why they had to go between us and the shore, because the main river channel was behind us. Some people are just plain rude.
 

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For the competitive at heart, there's nearly always a Biggest Jerk Tournament in progress on any public water, especially in areas near major population centers. No entry fee, all you have to do is jump right in. The payoff can range from a spoiled day of relaxation to bruises and even an occasional(but very rare) case of lead poisoning.
For my part I do my best not to compete in those. Don't care for any of the prizes and I'm certainly not interested in getting my picture in the paper.
 

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For the competitive at heart, there's nearly always a Biggest Jerk Tournament in progress on any public water, especially in areas near major population centers. No entry fee, all you have to do is jump right in. The payoff can range from a spoiled day of relaxation to bruises and even an occasional(but very rare) case of lead poisoning.
For my part I do my best not to compete in those. Don't care for any of the prizes and I'm certainly not interested in getting my picture in the paper.
I definitely agree with this. When I said earlier that I did not appreciate how much some people staked a claim to but did respect it, I meant I kept my opinion to myself and paddled around, giving a much wider berth than seemed reasonable. If it gets to be too much, I will go somewhere else. You never know when things might get out of hand with total strangers.
 

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You never know when things might get out of hand with total strangers.
BINGO! In today's atmosphere there's no telling what constitutes a "life threatening situation", which could easily constitute a life threatening situation ...................
 

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I was fishing Friday on my day off. Just got over to the lake when some kids showed up & started flinging rocks into the water. I just moved on to the other side of the lake & here they come. Got frustrated wishing I knew how to say "Go back to Mexico" in Spanish & moved on. I guess the Lord didn't think too kindly of my thoughts, my Cherrywood rod broke in 3 places so I left.:mad:


Got another rod, not a Cherrywood, & I love it. I guess the Lord forgave me. I caught the biggest bluegill in my life on my new rod today, I mean huge. Never seen a slab so thick. Wish I had a picture but don't. Caught a few bass & some crappie on it so a bad start to my 3 day weekend ended on a good note.:)
 

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The dude was in a yak and he couldn't catch him?
No. The battery was getting low, and by the time they could have switched it out the guy was almost back to main lake point.
I asked Matt how the guy managed to make his escape. lol I have two batteries, one I use as a back up. Matt had hooked the older one up first. Besides, those yaks can fly when properly inspired to.
Those skiffs they have for rent are wider and heavier than their jon boats, and no way they can run down a kayak. Don't own a gas engine, but I do need and am looking for a 5 hp in good condition.
 

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To be clear, this point is actually a secondary point, and the space there is kind of limited. If the fella had simply pulled off to the side and made his close up casts, there would not have been a problem. I know my son. He believes in giving people the benefit of the doubt. But this guy deliberately positioned his craft to block them. There was no reason to do that at all, unless he is new to fishing out of crafts and didn't understand the rules. As for me, I never cut anyone off. If I come upon someone I skirt them and give them at least 100 yards before I go back to fishing.
Matt told me last night it was no big deal and he was over it. Just like him, lol.
 

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Sometimes people just don't know things. I remember several years ago when hybrids ran thick up the Haw below Jordan dam in April, a guy was there with tackle that was way too light. The fishing was not quite shoulder to shoulder, but darn near. So if you hooked a fish and couldn't horse it in, people up and down the bank around you had to haul in and wait for you. That poor guy got called all kinds of ugly and stupid in multiple languages when he hooked a decent fish. I never went back with such a light setup again... :eek:
 
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