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Ok, So I'm A Jerk Too

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Two days ago, I was kayak fishing a local lake and had an experience that reminded me of @OCdockskipper's thread.

The lake is over 100 acres, and I was the only one on it for about 2 hours. Then, another kayak fishermen put his kayak in, and proceeded to come all the way across the lake, cutting me off, because he saw me catch a fish. Well I could see that he was throwing moving baits on the outsides of the standing timber, and I knew he wasn't going to do much. So, I maintained about a 75-100 yard berth and followed him down the bank, catching a decent number of bass pitching a texas rig into the trees he had just fished. I made sure to let them jump a few times, and the air was still, so the sound carried VERY well over water. I talked to him later that day in the parking lot, he said he hooked a huge fish on one of his favorite topwaters, and it broke him off when he got it up to the kayak. Do I believe in karma? Maybe :thumbsup:

 

I did show someone at the boat ramp how to fish a wacky rig, gave him a few jig heads and a pack of trick worms, and showed him how to fish them. The angel on my other shoulder prompted those actions.

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9 hours ago, everythingthatswims said:

Two days ago, I was kayak fishing a local lake and had an experience that reminded me of @OCdockskipper's thread.

The lake is over 100 acres, and I was the only one on it for about 2 hours. Then, another kayak fishermen put his kayak in, and proceeded to come all the way across the lake, cutting me off, because he saw me catch a fish. Well I could see that he was throwing moving baits on the outsides of the standing timber, and I knew he wasn't going to do much. So, I maintained about a 75-100 yard berth and followed him down the bank, catching a decent number of bass pitching a texas rig into the trees he had just fished. I made sure to let them jump a few times, and the air was still, so the sound carried VERY well over water. I talked to him later that day in the parking lot, he said he hooked a huge fish on one of his favorite topwaters, and it broke him off when he got it up to the kayak. Do I believe in karma? Maybe :thumbsup:

 

I did show someone at the boat ramp how to fish a wacky rig, gave him a few jig heads and a pack of trick worms, and showed him how to fish them. The angel on my other shoulder prompted those actions.

 

Spot hawks are the worst. This happens to me just about every single time on the water. As soon as I catch a fish, here come 1 or 2 more boats right to my spot. So I'll motor over to where they just came from, catch another 1 or 2 fish, and here they come again. Like a moth to a fluorescent light. Like you said, I always make it a point to let the fish jump if I caught it in a spot a fisherman left after seeing me catch one in another spot. Earlier this year I had these 2 clowns following me down the bank as I cleaned up pitching a t-rig to fallen trees. They were slinging live bait and bobbers, getting nothing right behind me. So after finishing the drift, I got behind them and cleaned up all the fish they didn't catch as they were completely dumbfounded. Of course I hear one ask the other one: "what is that guy using?". 

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I wouldn't say that was a jerk move.  What he did made him the jerk, cutting you off right when he showed up.  On some smaller lakes near my house, most of the best structure is shoreline weeds and docks so if I see a boat clearly targeting those areas, working their way up the shoreline, I go WAY up ahead as to not interfere with that other boat's projected line.  I've made the mistake of starting a little too close and then have someone do that to me too so make sure to give that boat a long distance of fishable waters ahead.

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