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Bass Tourney on Clearwater...


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Just a quick poll to see who almost got run over by 60 MPH Rangers on Saturday. I did on several occasions. One guy went flying by me and either wasn't familar with the lake or wasn't watching the electronics-- he almost kept the boat on plane with the lower unit out of the water to keep from hitting bottom in 16" of water!!!

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I long wondered how much I'd make if I had the prop concession for Clearwater -- even for those somewhat familiar with the lake.

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If you want to voice your concerns, it was the Gander Mountain Tournament out there that day. If you got the boat numbers, you can notify them, and they will deal with it.

Glenn

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Yeah, I pulled into BJ's right ahead of the Gander Mountain rig that day. I didn't catch any boat numbers, but I can tell you the sponsor of the only boat that didn't give me a fly by! My thanks go out to the Fuji Film boat.

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Well Gee didn't you guys know your insignificent lowlly nobodies that don't rate one iota of safe courtesy! Thats because there out there to make there living and you shouldn't be in there way while there flying there watercraft at low altitudes under radar. And God help you if you on one of there prefished honey holes... then you everything but a whiteman cause they have this conception that they own it! Never did like tournament fisherman...especially the bass crowd!

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Trux, did you ever consider that you might be stereotyping? And therefore guilty of intentional ignorance. There are literally hundreds of tournaments that take place during the course of a summer and thousands of participants. Should it be surprizing that there are a few idiots without etiquette. And just because someone is flying around in a high dollar bass rig does not mean they are necessarily tournament anglers, even on a lake that is having a big tournament on it; Start taking a look at some of the boat lifts and boats around the lakes you fish. You may be surprized to see some high horsepowered bass rigs among them. And I think the question of crowding is moot, everyone is equally entitled to fish where they see fit. Everyone loves to have the lake or river all to themselves and they can have that, if they fish during the weekdays, off peak season, in far away places, or very early and late, otherwise on most lakes count on some company, especially on good water and definitly if it's within a hotbed such as the Annadale area.

I think you need to lighten up and pay attension to the fish instead of the fisherman. Isn't that why were out there anyway?

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Basspastor call me what you want but since you couldn't read into my sarcastic sense of humor then I say to you, Your entirely to doggone serious! The reason I made the statements I did is due to the fact that when We are fishing a body of water...thats you or me there BP and people (No matter if they are Bass Pros or weekend warriors) when they get within so many yards of a stationary boat they should be slowing down or steering completely away from that boat as a courtesy and if I remember right it is a law to do so. Having made that statement I will say I haven't researched it but will after this message about it being a law. Anyway that said as long as I fish water around this area it will be during the week as my career allows me to do so. My weekends are offset you may say. And if I want to fish a weekend it won't be in this area. I still think the bass pros are stuck up! ;-)

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Trux, sorry I guess I didn't catch the hyperboile in your post. I have just heard to many a complaint about "those tournament fisherman" and "those bass fisherman in thier high powered boats." I agree that running at full throttle within avg. casting distance of any craft is wrong and do know that some of the wanna be bassmasters are as guilty as all the other dumb boaters out there. To be honest I can't say that I have ever had a close fly by from a screamin bass machine but have many a time from PWC's and pleasure craft, but I know that's what you get for fishing in certain places on the weekend. I may not like it, but I'm not going to get very upset over it either.

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Whoa guys... The original post was about boats getting way too close for comfort. I actually enjoy watching pros fish, sometimes you can pick up subtle variations to presentations to put more fish in the boat. That is what it is all about isn't it? Fishing pure and simple. That day there was just more close calls than it was worth, so I got off the lake. If casting distance is the "rule of thumb" for separation distance, I guess it depends on what you are casting doesn't it? Pitchin' a tube distance is nothing compared to what casting a 3/4 - 1 oz crank on a 7'6" rod is! It all comes down to common courtesy. BTW, unless the guys that buzzed me paid Merc, Berkley, etc to sponsor them, they weren't weekend warriors. I do hate the jetski's.

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Geezzzz look you guys I was just being a sarcastic fart. A good remedy for jet skis is to use a 1 oz daredevil WITHOUT a hook on it and just kinda chuck it in there path when they get to close, make sure you get it close enough that they can see it fly in front of them.

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