#18450, "RE: Whose spot is it? (Fishing spot ethics)" In response to In response to 4
I got one for ya. Turned out to be the worst tournament of my life for many reasons.
I had a point i'd been getting lots of hudd bites on in prefishing and made it my first spot to hit come t-day. They had just lifted the 100yard limit rule between boats if i remember correctly. I made my run and was the only one there. I stopped 100 yards shy of the point so I could work my way to the perfect cast. After about a minute, I was within casting distance of the point (though not quite within reach of the deep shelf 50ft off the point), a boat came blasting in and came off plane real close to me, dropped the trolling motor and cut me off. They pulled out their dropshots and proceeded to dissect the point for some time. I was young, and poor, and just spent 150 bucks to gamble on that point basically, and felt like those assholes just robbed me in the literal sense. I was fishing solo that day because my partner flaked on me, so they must have thought I was just fun fishing. Thats totally unacceptable.
Being young and foolish, I retaliated by trimming up the motor and punching it right passed them and over the point. That was low of me, and I know an eye for an eye makes the world blind, but back then, damn I was pissed.
Later, I lost an 8lber at the boat. Then my steering column went out and had to get towed in
That was a blatant case of disrespect. Less obvious and perhaps unintentional conflicts I've encountered a lot is when you have semi-barni trout fishermen soaking powerbait on a point you really want to fish. Sometimes, I just ask if they mind if I cast my bass lures around their lines. Other times, I use my best judgement to see if they even understand whats going on - they might be fishing a 1" grub tipped with a marshmallow and a splitshot - in which case...sorry dude, Im gunna work the same point as you. haha.
If people concentrated on the important things in life there would be a shortage of fishing poles. ~Doug Larson