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#1194913 - 02/22/09 09:13 AM On Tournament Fishermen
bowriter
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First let me say I once fished every tournament I could get to. I haven't fished one in years.

Now. Most of the professional fishermen I have run into, the ones who do that for a living, have been super nice and polite. I even had one stop on OH one day and ask if I needed help. I had the cowling open on my motor and he thought I had engine trouble. I was just adding oil. But I remembered that. He did not have to stop. I told him about a cove I thought he could catch a few big bass in if he would wait until noon or later to fish it. He laughed and said, "They were sure in it yesterday".

I have had very few problems on Center Hill or Dale H. But on PP and OH, the weekend warriors can be real cloacas and I have had some serious words with them when they assume that this is "their bank" or just because they have sponsor patches everywhere they have priority.

But nothing a tournament fisherman has ever done compares with the dam jet skis. I am glad they finally opened the season on them.
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#1194939 - 02/22/09 09:31 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: bowriter]
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I have met polite tournament fishermen and weekend fishermen . I have also run into idiot weekend fishermen and jet skiers , as well as tournament fishermen .
There are good and bad people in every facet of the sport , just like deer hunting. It doesn't matter what type of boat , species of fish we are seeking ,or reason we are fishing that water , we all need to realize it is public water and no one owns a spot.
Have respect for fellow fishermen , ignore those who are disrespectful and move on to new water . There is plenty of room on the lake to fish without conflict .
It's just a fish . ;\)
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#1194943 - 02/22/09 09:34 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: bowriter]
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Jet Skis would be great if they would show a little respect to other boaters. They sort of remind me of outlaw bikers when they come through an area.
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#1195147 - 02/22/09 12:40 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter


But nothing a tournament fisherman has ever done compares with the dam jet skis. I am glad they finally opened the season on them.


Could not agree more! Not to mention the drunk pleasure boaters.
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#1195206 - 02/22/09 01:30 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Mathews Hunter]
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I'm usually off the water by the time the pleasure boat and jet ski crowd arrive at the lake .
Best way to avoid the crowds is to fish week days whenever possible . I don't believe I have ever had problem with idiot boaters or fishermen when fishing during the week .
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#1195215 - 02/22/09 01:46 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Radar]
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Not everybody has the luxury of being able to fish during the week. Wish I could.

I have to say 99% of tournament anglers are courteous and respectful. I think the rude people are usually just folks who don't know any better, which usually means they don't fish much.

Only bad experience I've had with tourney guys was when my boat was broken down and I was stranded - I flagged down a boat, and they said "We wish we could help you, but we're fishing a tournament." I hope I never get to the point where I care more about a $50 entry fee than I do about helping a fellow angler in trouble.

As far as jet skis, you don't have to be retarded to own one, but apparently it helps. ;\)

bd


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#1195265 - 02/22/09 02:25 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: B.D.]
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I towed in a stranded boater while fishing a tournament at Pickwick lake in Alabama . I also was towed into Paris landing by a pontoon boat while fishing a tournament .
There are good folks on the water too . Maybe we should spend more time recognizing them instead of those who we differ with . ;\)
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#1195357 - 02/22/09 04:22 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Radar]
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I fish alot of tournaments and i have meet a quite a few that are just stright out butt holes.But all in all i think most of them are ok.I have also towed any a few people evan while fishing a tournament.I will help when i can for sure.Because you never know when you will need the favor in return.
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#1195640 - 02/22/09 07:38 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: tophat]
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I was on an early season goose hunt. I had set up well before daylight, hunting a big field on an island. I was set up in the tree line between the water & land, it was very thick & I couldn't see out to the water. As it starts to get light, I start honking on my goose call. To which from the other side of the tree line I get to hear 1 of the most harsh & brutal cussings I have ever heard. The man said he was fishing a tournament, didn't wanna hear no honking while he was trying to fish blah, blah, blah. This was at a time in my life where I didn't care if I lived or died. So, i grabbed about a 6-7 lb rock & chucked it up over the brush. The man hollered & said I almost hit his boat. I told him to come on over to the bank & we could talk about it. He elected to stay out well away from the bank. He eventually left when I kept peppering cans I'd toss up into the air to shoot just for fun, although that was expensive with Steel Shot. Well, that's pretty much my experience with tournament fishermen.
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#1195697 - 02/22/09 08:18 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: kdxdude]
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That's what I like about fishing the smaller lakes, there's no tournaments or jet skis to deal with.
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#1195717 - 02/22/09 08:33 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: moondawg]
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Idiots are everywhere. I personally am a jetskier moreso than a fisherman. I have had tourney fishers come way closer to me and my kids than we have ever gotten to them. There is definitely two sides to every story. I have left many a cove (with as little disruption as possible) when I happened upon someone fishing. I carried a fisherman to his drifted away boat when it got loose from a dock at Paris. I pulled a fisherman in when he lost a prop. I mainly frequent Beech Lake in Lexington, come on out and fish. I promise that we will offer a friendly wave or hello when we pass. And I assure you that me and mine will respect your water if you will respect ours. \:\)
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#1195852 - 02/22/09 09:50 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Scott61

Maybe we should spend more time recognizing them instead of those who we differ with . ;\)


Scott, you don't have to look for an argument where there isn't one. Re-read my sentence about "Ninety nine percent..."

bd


Edited by Brian Dunigan (02/22/09 09:55 PM)

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#1195912 - 02/22/09 10:37 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: B.D.]
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There are definately nice tournament fisherman out there. I've ran into a fair share of them, but majority of the time they aren't the nice ones. Thats not to say that the majority of them are jerks. Last weekend I was with my dad and girlfriend at telico and there was a tournament going on. guys were fishin about 50 yards from the dock so we put and just idled away about 1/4 mile away to a cove.We didnt want to toss their boat around so we left easy as we could. We put the trollin motor in the water, and right after that they fired up their 34234234242 hp 20' platinum painted, blessed by the hands of God himself boat and FLEW to that cove and literally got right in front of us. As in their boat almost hit ours. I asked them if they wanted to just dock there boat and come stand in ours with us since they wanted to be so close.No response. Didnt catch any fish. Then went right back to where they were. They just had to throw at that bank before us. Usually when people fish around us I dont mind at all. I like to talk to em and even share a joke or two. But its uncalled for to do what they did. Its to bad theres people like that out there.

* This is not a stab at any of you tournament fishers out there. I've came across various tourny guys that were very courteous. I respect yall. Its just a small few that seem to forget the water out there is for anybody who has a fishin license or is just swimmin from a bank. Theres thousands of acres of water out there. See yall on the water. Keep your lines tight.

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#1196102 - 02/23/09 07:46 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: cbcs1987]
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I know and believe that there are polite tournament anglers on the lakes, it is just last spring when on Priest I was basically run over more times than I could count. It was unbelievable. Yes I called the tournament director and raised heck with him. I can promise if anyone would have been with me they would have not believed it. I lost count of the boats, especially the weekend that a tournament came out of Old Hickory cove boat ramp (yes it is generally closed to access but Nashville Shores let them put in there for that tournament) that fished by me, almost thowing their lures in my boat, trolling through the area I was fishing (hybrids do not like boats trolling through for the most part, at least the ones feeding on the surface), etc. and they did not think anything about it. I remember one boat that was not fishing a tournament. I would talk in some way to almost every boat that came by and it was obvious because I was in a small aluminum boat that they thought nothing of fishing under my boat. The worst of it though was them running by me at full speed within feet of my boat at top speed. That was not only stupid but dangerous.

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#1196143 - 02/23/09 08:13 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Headhunter]
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Never had many probs from jetskis. I was family night fishing once and a guy came by me fast and close. Didn't like it.
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#1196179 - 02/23/09 08:33 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: A.K.A.]
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My main problem with Tournaments is when you go to a public boat ramp (like Flipper's this past Saturday) for a few hours fishing before the grandkids come over, and the ramp is FULL of boats hanging around waiting for the starting gun. I didn't have time to find another ramp, so I just got in line.

One kind gentleman did hold my boat for me while I parked the truck, but EVERY dock had boats tied to all the tie down. Why can't these guys put in, get in the boat, and back off like most of them do.

I have no problem with guys fishing right next to me on the lake, I just want to be able to put my boat in and be on my way.
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#1196215 - 02/23/09 08:53 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Headhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
I know and believe that there are polite tournament anglers on the lakes, it is just last spring when on Priest I was basically run over more times than I could count. It was unbelievable. Yes I called the tournament director and raised heck with him. I can promise if anyone would have been with me they would have not believed it. I lost count of the boats, especially the weekend that a tournament came out of Old Hickory cove boat ramp (yes it is generally closed to access but Nashville Shores let them put in there for that tournament) that fished by me, almost thowing their lures in my boat, trolling through the area I was fishing (hybrids do not like boats trolling through for the most part, at least the ones feeding on the surface), etc. and they did not think anything about it. I remember one boat that was not fishing a tournament. I would talk in some way to almost every boat that came by and it was obvious because I was in a small aluminum boat that they thought nothing of fishing under my boat. The worst of it though was them running by me at full speed within feet of my boat at top speed. That was not only stupid but dangerous.


I know the feeling about almost gettin tipped. i have a 10 ft. jon boat some of them just LOVE to fly by.

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#1196230 - 02/23/09 09:09 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: bowriter]
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I don't know what it is about Tims Ford, but I'd say 90% of the runabouts and jet skiers on this lake are NOT considerate of fisherman. Not to mention the weekend warriors from who knows where that like to pull 50 yards in front of you and fish the bank you're on. I've been known to start up and cut between the bank and them when they do that. . I don't plane out, but I'm going just fast enough to throw that nice big wake.. \:D . I have a feeling someone on here will disagree with that, but that's ok.
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#1196526 - 02/23/09 12:33 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Baxter83]
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Your right Baxter, Tim's Ford is pathetic during the summer time.
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#1196927 - 02/23/09 05:16 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Mathews Hunter]
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You know, I would give all the tournament fishermen and jet skis in the world a free pass if I could get one thing:

Can we PLEASE be allowed to shoot the wakeboard boats with the high-powered stereo speakers?

Every time I go out on Old Hickory, some dingleberry in a MasterCraft starts zipping back and forth blasting Fitty Cent or Godsmack or some similar garbage so loud that my kids and I can clearly hear every obscene lyric from two miles away.

I go out on the water for peace and quiet - if I wanted to hear loud rap and grunge metal, I'd be at a club downtown, not on the water.

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#1196955 - 02/23/09 05:51 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: B.D.]
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Tournament fishermen are almost as bad as trout fishermen on the Caney . Just kidding. \:\)
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#1197527 - 02/23/09 10:09 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Radar]
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LMAO at Brian. That guy must live on the lake.
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#1198825 - 02/24/09 04:15 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: bowriter]
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I dont fish many lakes here in TN. Never had problems with jets skiis or tourny fisherman, since I fish in 2 or 3 every summer.

Most of my luck happens when the inconsiderate goobers that love to cruise their malibu 10 yards behind me going faster than idling but still slow so he stands the bow straight up and makes a wake like a barge when there is 1 mile of water behind more.

Ive found the old codgers in their pontoons worst, going between you and the bank 50 ft away when there is a whole lake behind you
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#1198977 - 02/24/09 06:02 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: bowriter]
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The one thing that ticks me off more than any of the things listed above is the scantily clad women on these boats. NOT
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#1200413 - 02/25/09 11:15 AM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: Kirk]
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 Originally Posted By: Kirk
The one thing that ticks me off more than any of the things listed above is the scantily clad women on these boats. NOT


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#1200549 - 02/25/09 12:28 PM Re: On Tournament Fishermen [Re: moondawg]
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I agree. I have several pictures of those women. Their only reason to be out on the water is to distract me from my fishing.
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