Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Can Fishing Turn You Into an Asshole?

Excuse the , um , salty language. I really try hard not to let that stuff creep into what I write , but sometimes it's called for. I had an enlightening moment last night when I was talking to Owl Jones over on G+. Sadly , I realized that  , yes , I can be an asshole , and I've picked it up from years of fishing.

I try really hard not to do it , but the fact of the matter at hand is that I've developed a certain distaste for certain types of people that frequently pester me when I'm trying to fish. I can go into great depth about some of the crap I've seen people do that angers me , but I'll just stick with a few memorable ones.

Entitlement  : Just because you've seen me catch a few fish , does not mean I am in ANY way obligated to tell you how or why what I'm using works. If you approach me demanding to know what I'm doing differently , chances are I'm going to give you a bullshit answer. Don't get me wrong here , if someone is nice , or if they have their children with them , I'm usually friendly , polite , and helpful. When some jerk comes up to me and starts pumping me for information , without an introduction or any semblance of humility , things go badly.

Rudeness and assumptions : I had a guy demand that I help him with his purchase at a pier house one time. Did I look like I worked at the pier? Maybe. Could I have helped him? Most definitely. Did I? Nope. Why? I was watching the pier house to make sure douchebags like him didn't start stealing anything , while the manager dealt with an important delivery. His attitude told me that he would have been just as rude and demanding of my very dear friend , the manager. She doesn't deserve that crap , and I stuck around after she got back to make sure he didn't give her any trouble. I really hate people who think it's OK to talk down to anyone working in a job that requires them to deal with the general public.

Cruelty to animals : Some of us consider the seagulls that hang out around the piers to be a type of wild pet. Regulars will often feed them , or even help a bird out if he or she gets tangled in someone's fishing line. Just because you don't have sense enough to keep your bait out of their reach doesn't mean you can scream and throw things at them. If one gets tangled in your line , let someone who knows how to handle a bird help you out. They are not frozen turkeys and because of this you have to be very careful when handling them. That bird who's wing you just broke? Probably condemned to a slow death by starvation , and I'll be damned if I'm gonna help you catch fish. He also didn't deserve to be called a " Stupid F%$%$&^ Bird " , you are a guest in his habitat , and you put your line in his way.

Bumming : I am not a tackle dealer and even though I have an abundance of fancy and exotic looking gear , I do have plans to use it. I'm not someone who can be bought , either , so if you try to offer me money for that bottom rig you've been eying all day , you're just gonna make me mad. You can buy most of what I have in my box at any tackle shop or pier house. If I do decide to take pity on you , be warned : I will give you the dullest hooks I can find and I might even mash the barbs down to further frustrate your attempts to catch fish.

Drunken Belligerence : Your wife or girlfriend may put up with the way you talk to her , but I won't be helping you any time soon. I hope you get a fish hook buried past the barb in a sensitive place. I've actually had a guy spend about 20 minutes fighting with his significant other , then come straight over and ask me for help. Not gonna happen , bud.

Trying to impress your hot girlfriend : I totally understand that you might want to embellish your fishing exploits in front of your bikini clad paramour , but understand that the guys at the end of the pier can smell a fish story a mile away. Unfortunately , there are some unsavory characters that will yell " Turtle " or " Dolphin " and frantically start pointing at the water. This usually serves quite well as a way to get your gal up on the rail and bent over , so the dirty old men can have a good long look. I don't do this and I think it's wrong , but it's further evidence that fishing can turn you into an asshole of the highest order. Please embellish responsibly.

It's a sad commentary on people's rudeness and inflated expectations , but it doesn't have to be this way. A little bit of manners goes a long way , and even though I'm sure there are some people that can't stand me , I  have made a surprising number of friends through fishing. I have no regrets. Please leave a comment below if you've ever been sabotaged by a crusty old fisherman , or if you ever set a " Tourist Trap "!

Have a great week!








12 comments:

  1. There is really no way to explain why people are rude, crude, and abusive, but it's nice to know you can just walk away from them. I'm sure that sometime over the years I've experienced each and every one of those mentioned above. Idiots all.

    Mark

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    1. I'd have to agree with you there Mark. As always , thanks for reading , and commenting - sometimes I feel like I should just email this stuff directly to you and the 3 other regular readers I have. :)

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  2. Best title I've seen all year AND I agree with all you say.

    Except for the last thing about yelling Turtle or Dolphin. That would be a tough one to pass on in one of my more childish moments. I don't think I'm a dirty old man, but I am starting to qualify as old.

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    1. Thanks Ken!

      You'd fit right in here on the East Coast , there's usually at least one turtle spotter on every pier!

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  3. I've doled out some bad or misleading tips from time to time. There's nothing worse than people asking me where I caught a fish on social media. You try to be a good guy, but some of the people you meet can really push your boundaries.

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    1. Exactly. It's been so bad in the past for me and several friends that we had to start talking in code and hiding what we were doing from idiots.

      Thanks for reading , I'm a big fan of your blog.

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  4. What idiot takes their hot girlfriend to the pier?

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    1. You'd be surprised Alex , and in skimpy bikinis no less.

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  5. Please email me and let me know where this pier is. My blog needs some new "material." LOOK...A TURTLE!

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