- Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:33 pm
My fishing buddies from the 1980s dropped their fish fighting rod tips to the water if a boat cruising by was within sight, I learned about that trick way back then.
The worst is the surf because the action can be furious and it’s hard to keep your head on a swivel 24/7 watching out for every potlicker that is driving the beach if you are intent on fishing. I literally had a very bold or perhaps imbecile potlicker come up behind and within 15 feet of me on my blind side, this while I was slinging flies, to potlick on some trout action in a wide open no one nearby weekday surf.
I say to him in a speaking voice since he was so very close “did you not see me fishing here?” At that time he was essentially standing about where I was casting to, but only much closer to me. I get a shoulder shrug. So I say “ well, that’s a real good way to get stuck by a hook since you just walked right through my backcast” another shrug.
Thinking about it now, maybe the guy was a foreigner or something, because he never uttered a single word. He kind of moved off out deeper and a little out of casting range, but now in my line of sight. He fished the second gut and I did not see any hook ups, but the fish were in the first gut, that fact he never understood.
Had a boat full of drunks once, the captain the loudest and drunkest of the bunch, motor right into the exact spot I was fishing and staked out in my kayak catching flounder. They actually motored over and over the spot again and again because he was so drunk and they couldn’t seem to manage the anchor and boat positioning. It was actually comical how pitifully they managed the whole operation. Water wasn’t all that deep around this structure the flounder were on and the boat of drunks then kind of moved off a little, but the damage was done.
I broke one of my discontinued short stix fly rods worrying about potlickers driving bryan beach fishing in the surf there instead of paying attention to what I was doing trying to bring to hand a 2 pound or so trout. I don’t know for sure what I did to break the rod, but I do know I was getting annoyed with people pulling up to fish.