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To tell or not to tell......thats´s the question

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To be or not to be, the Shakesperian question, to tell or not to tell, that 's the question.

How many times you 're out there fishing minding your bis, someone approaches and asks you: what are they biting on ? ........uh oh, what to reply ?  ???

Who ? me ? Oh well, I always tell them what are they "biting" on, to go further, I even bother and show them the bait.  :)

Why do I tell them ? Well in first place: " treat others like you want to be treated ", being polite and kind is not going to kill you, also, telling them is not going to make me catch less fish, besides that, I find it stupid, amusing and hilarious when they as me "what are they biting on ? " ;D

Why do I find it stupid, amusing and hilarious ?

In first place they ask me what are they biting on, I reply and in 99.99% of the ocassions the inquirer moves along, telling them with which tool I 'm catching them doesn 't affect me a little bit; the reason why I find it stupid, amusing and hilarious is that they didn 't ask me why I chose that particular tool, at what speed I 'm retrieving it, what technique I 'm using, what I 'm targeting, at what depth I 'm working it, etc, etc, etc., they missed the big picture, like I said before, the lure is only the tool. ::)

Also, we all are INDIVIDUALS, none of us is alike, our personality is tied to the other end of the line, our knowledge is behind the butt of the rod, what works for me doesn 't necessarily mean it will work for someone else in te same circumstances, two identical baits fished by different anglers will have different results in the final run so telling them "what are they biting on" doesn 't mean a thing, you are the one that puts the magic on the bait, the only "magical" bait is you.

So next time someone comes and asks you "what are they biting on" tell them, it 's not going to make a big difference. ;)

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I am with you. I will tell them 100% of the time what I am using.  It's all about location, location, location.  

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i like to tell people what i am using and explain how to use it and why. i mean if we share these things it is improving the sport, because they in turn might tell others and they might tell others and it really helps the sport of bass fishing. and it doesnt hurt anything to share information. ive fished with guys before who think its a sin to even tell if youve caught a fish or not. i just dont think that is the way to go about treating fellow anglers

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This happens occasionally when I'm fishing a public pond. Usually I'm fishing a Senko or a Fat Ika and, if the guy is friendly and I think he is seriously interested, I have him stand there and show him EXACTLY what I'm doing. After a cast or two, I take out the clippers and give him the rig. Heck, it's probably time to retie anyhow. What's really fun is to catch a fish during the demonstration!

Like Raul said, it's not going to hurt your fishing to help someone else's. You might be on the otherside of that conversation sometime.

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wow thats nice of you to give them the rig and a demo.

i say kudos to you for being so curtious  :)

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Agreed, it's fun to pass the sport on.

On the other hand, we have some notorius "spot stealers" who follow other boats to their locations.  I've fished with some guys and saw them fishing against me on some of my favorite locations late where I showed them where I dumped brush or rocks.  That can happen so be careful with whom you share any secret locations.

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Like Raul said, it's not going to hurt your fishing to help someone else's. You might be on the otherside of that conversation sometime.

That's exactly how I feel.  When I was about 13, when I first started getting some what serious about bass fishing, a local pro took me out on his boat and showed me few things.  My mom would always go to this local park and ride her bike around a trail they have and I would walk the banks and fish.  I hardly ever caught anything, but I was just learning how to use different baits and how to cast with accuracy.  This local pro saw me there week after week and I guess felt a little sorry for me, so he offered to take me out on his boat with my mom's permission.  She let me and from the minute I stepped foot on his boat, I was hooked on bass fishing forever.  He opened my eyes to a whole new world off the bank and taught me how to fish particular lake.  I still use the same pattern to this day on that lake and it still produces.  If he could see me now......lol ;D.

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When I joined the local bass club a few years ago, one of the things I noticed is no matter who you ask, while the tournament was going on, the answer was always the same -- "Boy, it's been tough today".  At the end of the season, I took my son (11 years old at the time) as my non-boater guest.  After watching this for about 4 hours (we had no fish on the card), I hooked a 15.5" bass.  My son was so excited and said, "d**n, Daddy you may be winning this thing!" (it made him feel big to use words like the big guys).  I told him, "No, you watch, all of those people who made out like they aren't catching anything will all have a limit" and I was right.  I related this story to several guys in the club and after two years I have noticed that people are not a tight lipped as they used to be.  They still try to hide their bait while the tournament is going on, but you can get a pretty good idea of who's winning simply by asking.

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Agreed, it's fun to pass the sport on.

On the other hand, we have some notorius "spot stealers" who follow other boats to their locations. I've fished with some guys and saw them fishing against me on some of my favorite locations late where I showed them where I dumped brush or rocks. That can happen so be careful with whom you share any secret locations.

Hey Nick ! one thing is telling you with what they are biting on and a completely different thing is asking me to reveal my secret "Hunny Holes", you don 't want to end up fishing in China ya know  ;D. If you find my hunny holes by chance I don 't have anything against you fishing them but if you  try to substract " FOR YOUR EYES ONLY " information you 're trying to crack a very tuff nut.   :-X

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One of the reasons why I joined a small tournament club was to learn more about fishing, to experience some different places to fish, and hopefully to pass on some nuggets of info to my fellow anglers.  

Some of the guys in the club will at least say what they've been catching with.  I like to go a step further and mention the cover, structure, and technique as well as the lure.

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I usually tell if they ask and are in a nice mood. I fish with a guy that is just the opposite even when we are at the launch leaveing. And on more than one occassion have over heard him and anouther boater discuss how many fish they didn't catch while me and the other guys parter are discussing the ones we both did. :D Funny how it works that way.

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I'm bad about telling someone who asks what I'm catching 'em on and where.I guess it's just human nature to be nice to folks that are nice to you.

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Oh, I usually go out of my way to explain what I'm using. Just like KU_Bassmaster said it's all about location. Besides, where would this forum be if no one shared any of their techniques. However, to give away my special spots is another issue for another day. ;)

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I'm with roadwarrior on this one. If someone appears to be a serious fisherman I will usually give them the bait I'm using, or at one of the baits that I make.

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I used to belong to a private fly fishing club.  7 ponds all connected to a hatchery by a man made river system.  Lots of snooty older farts.  One day this guy was killing them standing 20 ft from me so I bravely and respectfully asked " what are you catchin' 'em on?"  and the response I got was "the bottom"

Anyway....

2 months later there was a thin layer of slush at the edge of the melting ice and I was throwing my fly up onto the icce and dragging it to the edge.  When it got to the slushy stuff, the trout would smack the slush and make an upward dimple in the slush.  They would hit it every time I stopped it so eventually all you saw were tracks of poke marks going to the edges.  The trout naturally would take it every time it finally got pulled off the slush and into the water.

Well here comes our same guy from a few months ago and he can't catch squat.  I was using a fly I made which is real simple.  It's a small white woolybugger with a strand of silver tinsel from the xmas tree wound in and then I "ribbon curl" the ends w/ a pair of scissors.  I call it a "hollywood"

So when he asked me what I was using because he was so amazed that the fish were trying to come thru the ice for it, I told the tuth,..."a white hollywood"

As far as I know, I made that name up the day b4 when I tied a bunch of these but to my amazement, this gentleman was all excited saying "yea, I got some of those...."

He didn't catch

when I left,....I left one taped to his windshield.

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If I'm fun fishing I will tell all...Lure, cover, even location....And have given a lure to a newcomer...

If I'm out there in a tourney thats a whole diff story...I'm there to win...If its a state championship where I have a Team of guys...I'll tell everything that they need to get the job done....

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I always share.  A lot of times people ask me what I'm using.  I'll show them, give them a few and point out where and how they should be used/rigged, etc.  I do it because it makes me feel good.  Why not spread the fun?  Everytime I've helped out another fisherman they've always been grateful.  :)

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