Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
GFNER

MUST BE A SIGN ON MY BOAT

14 posts in this topic

Was on the mud Thurs. and can't believe some people. My Great uncle is fighting a fish and these two guys with two women in the boat come along side us and turn 3(THREE!) feet in front of me! Felt like ramming them but didn't want to knock all the beer cans off the side of their Lund. Left that flat and went to a spot by ourselves....ya right. Another boat shows just as my young nephew catches a fish...oops. We start working the same spot(no problom) he's trolling south,Im trolling north.I think we're going to pass by each other when all of a sudden he turns RIGHT in front of me! Then he looks at us from nearly inside my boat and asks me how it's goin? All I could do was shake my head. Thinking of constructing some kind of floating barbed wire fence out about 10 ft. from my boat.Any ideas?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is part of fishing and it seems like its always the guys with the big fancy boats that dont know how to fish that do this. Next time try fishing on monday thru thursdays and keep your rod down when landing a fish this seems to help. I call these people VULTURES.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we went out on saterday and started bobber fishing while every body pulled spinners around us. we cought fish and they got closer and closer we pulled up the anchor and found 3 spinner rigs on out anchor rope. thats how close they came to us lol.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was out yesterday all day on Sherman's and 7-mile, and there was a boat, a Guide boat at that, that would honestly get within 5 feet of other boats. Everyone else was drifting along the edge of the flats, and this yo-yo would backtroll his way basically on top of other boats. Out on 7-mile there was a boat anchored and they were producing pretty good in their spot. They even had a double with 2 kids maybe 8 or 9 catching both of the fish. Mr. Guide backtrolls basically right next to them, literally you could have jumped from one boat to the next. How he didn't run over their slip bobbers is beyond me. I mean come on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A buddy and I were making drifts on Sherman's yesterday afternoon. There were only 4 or 5 other boats in the area, including a Lund tiller that backtrolling. There was plenty of room for everyone to stay spaced out, the fish were all over the place on the top and edges of the flat. These guys backtrolling would repeatedly come within 10 ft of our boat. The driver at one point said "we want to fish by you guys, ha ha ha". Then we hooked into a big one and were fighting it when all of the sudden my buddy goes "whoa, look out!". The backtrollers were 5 ft from our boat alongside the console. The guy says "Oh, you guys don't worry about it, I'll take care of it, you just worry about catching fish". He had the tone like I should have been getting out of his way!! I just shook my head and proceeded to catch the fish. This guy had the attitude that people drifting should be getting out of his way while he backtrolls! confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

was out on 9 mile I was trolling north and south along the edge and it seemed like every 20yrds a boat cut infront of me if that's not bad enough they would stop when they got a fish so then I would stop being polite thinking there going continue to keep trolling after they land the fish nope there go's the anchor and I have to reel up and go around him. i could only stand about an hour of this before I left.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mo Gator, you sound like you were out there the same time as me. Everyone else seemed to understand the concept of spacing but the guy in the big gray boat that was backtrolling. He had his name and phone number on it for guide service. Pretty sure I'd be mortified if I was in his boat and he was driving that way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My idea is to have a blow horn sitting by you and when they ask how you are doing. You can let them know by using the blow horn. Put it down and then politely apologize because you didn't realize they were that close.LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Iceman - I know who you are talking about. That wasn't who I was having trouble with though. It was 3 guys in a smaller Lund tiller...was it you? blush.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

welcome to Mille Lacs. This phenom isn't new and it isn't fun. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it is the large size of the lake that makes people feel comfortable doing things like that... like they won't be seen again so 'who cares'.

I could write a book of short stories filled with my similar experiences dealing with selfish schmucks out there. Bad fishing manners are always worse on Mille Lacs compared to other smaller lakes I regularly fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On the flip side, we found it quite peaceful out there last Friday, but the wind was blowing a bit from the east, and we were on the west side. But there were still plenty of people around. We were on Sherman, on the south end, so maybe not a hotspot, but we went there because we figured the fish were biting everywhere (heh!) and didn't want to go close to others. Over the course of the day, many boats pulled in there (we did not go anywhere else, just stayed in the area) but nobody was rude and when we did happen to be close, we cheered on some kids who caught fish, and said Hi to most of the boats.

There was one PWT pro who motored in pretty close, and we just said howdy, and there was one other guy who flew in with his Ranger 620 and caught one fish, then motored out maybe a bit close, but no biggie.

We had a good time, and caught a dozen or so very nice fish, and didn't try hiding nets or any of that stuff, and everybody out there seemed to be doing likewise. I wasa bit surprised, but it was totally a great day all around. Maybe we got lucky smile.gif or maybe we did not catch enough for people to think our boat was a good place for their anchor, ha! And we had two boats fishing together, so maybe we had our own "pack".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is a sad thing. I am sure we all have lots of stories just like this. But I also think sometimes it is in the eye of the beholder. I wonder how many times people in this forum are talking about the other guy who is complaing about them. There is plenty of water out there. Give some up to the vultures and make your own path. I think it is terrible to have to put up with but it is part of the deal. We always check things out before we wet a line. Always look for the least crowed spot on the lake, sometimes it seems like the fish are doing the same!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the same boat troll past me and hook on my anchor rope two different times. grin.gif

I didn't pull it up until we left. Got two bottom bouncers and some spinner rigs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually only run into the rude boat control (or lack of) out on the mud. rocks or gravel have never had an issue.

Had one guy the Sunday we were staying at Sunset Bay out on the mud...We were the only 2 boats on the back side of a fairy large flat on the east side of the flats. We started out seperated, then the wife catches a fish. before i could get the hook out and release the fish and turn around to go over the spot again, this boat was on the spot. So I turned around and proceeded to head up the flat edge again working in and out and my dad gets one...these same yahoos practically put the autopilot in HI gear to get to that spot before i could turn around again. After the third time they pulled this, I kept yelling and pointing saying "Here, Here, quick i just caught another one, If you need another spot to fish". After about another 3 of those they went away.

I was thinking if you had a video camera in the boat, and someone pulled up on you that close, just film it and tell them your making a promo for (Contact Us Please) on the water or something.?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • RainyRat
      'Pout   The 'Pout bite has been great   Adrian's has made yet another road to the east of the 2 previous, now abandoned, roads.  The new road is a bit rough for my liking but take it slower and no problems.  The good part about it is that the little snow that is out there (maybe an inch or two) is rock hard and you can now drive anywhere you want.  I saw 1 ton diesel trucks pulling wheel houses across the white and I doubt anyone was even in 4 wheel drive, its just not needed.  We can all spread out, anywhere we want.   BTW, stay off the old plowed roads where the ice looks smooth.  Some of them had a foot or so of water on them before it cooled off again and as of yesterday they were not all frozen back down to the original ice. I saw one truck got a little surprise.  Again take it slow and pay attention and you can go anywhere.   Good luck with those 'pout!   RR    
    • jkrash
    • CigarGuy
      Del, it looks like the first time posters are coming after us!  I wasn't going to say anything else on this topic, but as long as Vermilion Boater called me out, I'll say a few more things and be done.  I've been a lake home owner up here for only 5 years , but I've been to The Landing numerous times over the last 5 years.  I've taken part in fancy 4-course meals, had the daily special and just a burger or a cocktail. Sat at the bar and Bs'd with the bartenders Justin and I think her name was Jesse and they were great.   I've been to (not really my favorite) The Crescent less than 10 times total!  I don't go to the lake to spend time in a bar, but once in a while, it's a nice change of pace.  When we have company, I'll usually bring them to The Landing, because the setting is hard to beat.  The service, meals have been great at times and not so great.  You never know if there going to be open all week, Thur-Sunday or Friday-Sunday!  I'm not giving my "drive bye" opinion of the place!  I've talked to locals, people working on my place, fishermen and read reviews here, FB, Trip Adviser and see that reviews are in-fact, all over the place. So, it's not my "narrow-minded" view!  I don't seek out opinions, they come up in conversation.  I'm glad you, your neighbors and friends enjoy it!  BTW, your vast knowledge of the competition, leads me to believe, you might have a vested interest in the place.  Ok, I'm done with this thread! 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I just came back from checking ice conditions on Big Bay. I found about 22 inches of good ice out there and very easy going! No real snow cover left, no slush, and smooth ice almost every where! Cliff
    • cookie129
      Well another game fish season has came to a end. The dnr will be having a meeting this week in Kellier to discuss the up and coming open water season.. I be leave our cabins are wide open with narly a date penciled in this summer including opener?
      Grab a cup of java because this is going to be a long blog.
      The first thing is what a great ending to another game fish season .
      The biggest thing and this come from my heart is" Thank you" to all my new and repeat customers . With out all of you I would not be able to enjoy working on such a grand lake. When that old timer Dave shared that with me I was in Awe. "Its a grand lake and it owes me nothing, nothing was his quote and boy did that stick. The walleye fishing this year could of been better. I'm all most to the point of calling them the elusive upper red lake walleye?
      Just like every season for 14 years now we have had great fishing, good fishing and poor fishing. I guess its the luck of the draw when you come up. We caught a couple,, we caught some and we caught a few over the season. The fishermen have become a little more tight lip about there walleye catches over the last couple years. Its so funny when You ask a fishermen how they did. The ponder and say oh we got a few? I've always been like how many is a few? Its always well we got 18? To me a few is 3, a couple is two and some can be 1 or more.
      The dnr will be releasing a summery of what's happening on the lake in the next upper red lake association news letter. If your interested in joining and becoming a member its 25 dollars a year or 50 if you want your business listed on there web site.
      I have a few gripes I want to share also. Some you will have to read between the lines.
      The first thing is Saturday night I was coming off of the lake on Hillmens highway. Buddy Hillmen is so dedicated to his road and there is no one prouder when it comes to maintaining a ice road.
      As I was coming on to the landing a big wheel house turned off the highway. I new right away they did not pay 10 dollars and there's a sign right there that says 10 dollars. I rolled down my window and he was like wow I did not know where to pay. Where do you pay? He had no problem finding the access but did not see the lights on in the bar with a few vehicles there? Give me a break.
      Kelly, Buddy Hillmens mechanic got 3 Thursday night pulling in. If you can not afford 10 dollars a day for your wheel house ? I personally think wheel houses should have to pay more?
      I also had a few customers that tried to slide by this year and its very frustrating . The deal I have with buddy hillmen is I can use his access and in turn my customers have to pay 10 dollars a day. I'm on call 24 hours a day for any ice road work ,plowing, bridging, etc. Over the years I have been accused of fishing where some one was going to go? fishing on some ones way points? Cutting someone off. Every year its something and again this year was no exception? Any side roads I personally plow to my houses are always open. Do I want fishermen by my houses? Nope. My customers pay good money and I do not want them looking out the picture windows and seeing a wheel house 30 yards away. There is always plenty of room where I plow as I'm the rouge plower. I have no problem plowing out a driveway for a wheel house as it helps pay for my equipment as it takes a beating out there.
      Its been a crazy season and its not over for me as I again chase the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. to be continued