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#1408523 - 07/15/09 05:34 AM Met a real winner on JPP last night.
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I've heard a few stories from others, but this was a first for me.

So I was approaching a semi-popular fishing spot at the same time as another boater. He gets there a few seconds before me, and so, instead of fishing on top of him, of course, I stop about 75 yards left of him.

The next thing I hear is, "Are you gonna cut me off?" I said, "Well, where did you think I was gonna go?" "Maybe he thinks I'm going to drive between his boat and the bank," I thought. I'd never do that, and by this time, I'd already stopped.

"You're cuttin me off you #$!@ idiot." My blood boiled instantly. I was nowhere near disturbing this guy and couldn't imagine how he believe otherwise.

Then, the truth came out.

"I'm fishin a tournament. You're just fun-fishin," he says. I'm not kidding one bit. Those were his exact words. Still mad, I said "Ahhhh, I should've known!"

After he called me every name in the book and exclaimed that I didn't know what I was doing, he said, "You better hang on!" That was his warning for the 15 mph drive by that was supposed to swamp me I guess. I could've ran faster. At the time, I wished he would've hit me. We could've at least met face-to-face.

In the end, I was glad to have maintained my cool more than I would've ten or 15 years ago. I've always gone out of my way to make sure I'm not disturbing other fisherman and respect their areas. But the spot I chose to land on was not only out way, way out of bow range but the opposite direction in which most fisherman choose to navigate when fishing this particular stretch of shoreline.

Not sure what I could've done to make this fool happy except to have cleared the entire bank just for him. I'm glad he told the truth though. He was p.o'd, not because I was disturbing him, but because he was a tournament fisherman - entitled to a 1/2 mile stretch of shoreline in his mind. And ya know, I'd probably have moved had he been more civil.

Hope this was just an isolated incident and never happens again.

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#1408622 - 07/15/09 07:07 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: Back Home]
Grizzly Johnson
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Some guys are like that...... sort of like when we are trying to early goose hunt. It never fails to set up and not fifteen minutes into hunting some nut pulls up and casts a line out..... It's plain to see we are hunting too!! They usually leave quickly after we shoot at some geese as they fly over.....
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#1408643 - 07/15/09 07:20 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: Back Home]
Baxter83
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I've not been cussed at, and hope I never do for their sake. I have been cut off and fished on top of countless times though. I can't stand a cocky tournament fisherman. I fish some tourney's myself, heck I'm fishing one tonight, but there's no reason for people to be like that.

I think I would have followed that guy around and made his day miserable if I were you. I'm kinda mean spirited when it comes to things like that. ;\)

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#1408651 - 07/15/09 07:28 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: Baxter83]
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I meant to ask, isn't there something illegal about driving a boat that close to someone? He couldn't have turned me over, but I could have slapped him with my medium-heavy, 7'0 rod that I just bought at Bass Pro shops. He was that close. Shoulda, coulda...

Edited by Back Home (07/15/09 07:29 AM)

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#1408680 - 07/15/09 07:43 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: Back Home]
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I have not had many run-ins this year (last year was TERRIBLE!!!), but I have not spent as much time on Priest this year, but next time I will as politely as I can ask what tournament are you fishing and if he tells me I will be waiting at weigh-in and whoever is organizing the tournament will get an earful!
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#1408682 - 07/15/09 07:43 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: Back Home]
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I have not had many run-ins this year (last year was TERRIBLE!!!), but I have not spent as much time on Priest this year, but next time I will as politely as I can ask what tournament are you fishing and if he tells me I will be waiting at weigh-in and whoever is organizing the tournament will get an earful if he shows up and that is the tournament the guy was fishing!
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#1408773 - 07/15/09 09:19 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: Headhunter]
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JPP seems to have a bunch of guys like that. I've rarely had an issue anywhere else but there.
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#1408821 - 07/15/09 09:47 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: username]
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not all tournament fisherman are like that, I use to fish them and I never acted like an ***hole to to other people
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#1408845 - 07/15/09 10:06 AM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: easy45]
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
not all tournament fisherman are like that, I use to fish them and I never acted like an ***hole to to other people


I still fish quite a few of them. Unfortunately all of the pecker heads use the "I'm fishin' a tournament" excuse in an attempt to validate their blatant disrespect and that sticks in peoples mind. The fact is that you either have respect for other people or you don't. It doesn't have anything to do with tournaments but for some reason alot of people associate one with the other.

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#1409036 - 07/15/09 12:44 PM Re: Met a real winner on JPP last night. [Re: username]
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I fish a few tournaments and I've seen fellas act like that to. The only reason they act like that is they haven't ran upon the right person yet. Like someone else said I would have followed him around until weigh in time and seen how bad he wanted to cuss me then. You have to remember there are a$$holes in every walk of life, not just tournament fishing.
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