Cuervo Jones wrote:Youth has nothing to do with it. Yesterday, on the water, I had an older fart roll up within 20 feet of me in his bass boat and start casting. I pedaled away and he called out to “Don’t let me scare you off!” I ignored him and then caught 3 bass as he watched from a couple of hundred feet away. He took off after about 10 minutes. Lack of common sense and civility is the rule of the land these days.
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I was fishing off a pier today trying to get rid of what was left of my dead shrimp from Saturday. The pier runs out from land about 300 feet, then turns 90 degrees and runs another 200 or so feet. All of that 200 or so feet is facing a huge oyster bed (usually great fishing off that pier). it was about 9:00am and I was the ONLY person there, all the way at the very end of the pier. This old man (73 years old to be exact) comes trotting out dragging a wagon with an ice chest, some rods, and a chair. As he's walking, he just keeps getting closer and closer, and he stops 10-15 feet from where I'm standing, plops out his chair, sits, and castout with some cut bait on bottom and just lays his rod down. I had my shrimp on the bottom on the corner of the pier, and was throwing plastic in about a 15-20 degree radius from where I was standing. He was so close, that I threw over his line on about the 3rd cast.
He was being really friendly and chatty, which I'm ok with, but it hit a nerve. As I was leaning over him to get my lure over his line back onto the pier, I asked "I dont mean to be rude, but this whole pier is empty, would you mind telling me why you came all the way out here to the one spot I'm fishing to throw your line out?" He apologized, and while he didnt move he started throwing away from me.
I just dont get it. There is literally 500' of pier no one is fishing from, and he comes and sits 10 feet from me. I was on the end of the pier, standing about 15 feet from the end. Some people just dont think.
As for the duck hunters, I've gotta say, I always carry my pistol when I fish from my kayak (when I go anywhere other than a bar really). If someone starts tossing shotgun blasts in my direction, I'm going to consider that a threat on my life, and return fire. I'll call the cops when the threat stops. I will do my best to avoid anyone hunting, because I am courteous and I'm not stupid, but accidents happen and if I dont see them I dont see them. That's no reason to start shooting at me. As soon as I realize my mistake, or they say something, I'll apologize and move on, just dont shoot at me.