Monday, August 5, 2013

A Question of Etiquette

I've been on both sides of this , and I always do the right thing , but a ton of anglers don't. What do you do if you are in a boat fishing banks and points and you come to a spot on the shore occupied by a shore fisherman?

I kick my trolling motor on , and angle myself out far away from them so as not to disturb their lines. Lots of Bass fishermen don't. Instead they opt to be asinine , and toss buzzbaits right through your spread of lines. All weekend long , I fished with these clowns constantly beating the bank right in front of me.

Did it hurt the fishing? No , it was bad anyway , but it's the principle. These guys were in a boat and had access to the entire lake. My children and I were limited to the length of a cast , or areas where we could fish from the shore. It was ridiculous.

In a two part response , I've decided to take pictures next time , and then pick up a long rod with heavy line and an eight ounce sinker. I think they'll get the message if I flog the water directly in front of me into a froth while screaming obscenities. They sure as hell won't catch any bass. Then I can post their bewildered looks here on the blog. I've decided to call it bass boat shaming.

The nerve of some people boggles the mind.

Keep in mind , I have nothing against bass fishermen , just the way some of them behave.

Have a good week!


  1. Can't say about Bass fishermen, but on most of the lakes up here, if you let them know you have lines out that they will cross, they will move further out. In your situation, maybe put the eight ounce sinker in the boat with them and then they'll get the point, maybe.

    1. Don't think dropping lead on deck didn't cross my mind , but I wouldn't want to get into a fist fight.

      I'm sure a few of them would have moved , had I asked , but I just don't think it's my place to tell them to give fishermen space. Ignorance is bliss , and I try not to step all over someone else's happiness :)


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