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MYSELF AND A COUPLE BUDDIES WORKED AN AREA LAKE THIS LAST WEEK FOR SOME WALLEYES,WE HAD PRETTY GOOD LUCK IN ABOUT 7FT OF WATER ALONG A BREAKLINE WITH TIPUPS,UNTILL PEOPLE AROUND US SAW THE ACTION WE HAD,NEEDLESS TO SAY WE HAD ALOT OF COMPANY JOIN IN,OR AT LEAST TRY.WE FIGURED WE LANDED ABOUT 20 WALLEYES 15-16 INCHES, in a week of fishing, OF COURSE AFTER ALL THE COMOTION IN THAT AREA THE BITE STOPPED,"GO FIGURE". we decided to move to another spot just down the shoreline,after spending 3-4 hours drilling and looking for the perfect weedline setup we got our lines in the water,after a few fish were caught,guess what we had more company.i honestly dont know what these people think,they sit and watch you go through all that work,and as soon as you catch a fish they figure its theyre turn.i know i cant claim unused holes but to move right on top of you is just plain ignorant,we fished that spot for about 2 hours landed 4 walleyes,then guess what,a couple people"that i do know" got the bright idea to drive theyre truck right through our tipups in 7-9fow!of course they thought this was real funny.talk about disgusted i left the area and went home,but not without a few words to these "fisherman"this is one reason i dont fish out of a stationary house,it was my buddies house and we only had it on the ice for the last week,but in my recent experience they draw to much attention.went to another lake on sun.we landed 5 northerns 3-5lbs it was a good ending to the year,"BUT" mad.gifmad.gif

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We were on Rays early this winter and had over 20 flags one day. The next day we went back out and had similar luck, BUT by this point the word was around. I drilled more than the holes I needed in the morning and two guys came in and put tip-ups in holes inbetween our lines that I drilled. I rally couldn't believe it. Really makes you wonder why they are out fishing anyways

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I can relate. My wife and I had searched for quite awhile and we got on top of some slab crappie. We had to keep moving to stay on top of them. This guy comes up and asks if we minded him using our holes to fish. I didn't really feel like being rude but I explained that we had worked awhile in trying to find the fish we were on. I thought he got the hint cause he walked off. A bit later he comes back with his auger and hammers out of few holes right along side of ours, plops his worthless #$@ down and has at it. I didn't hold my tongue but didn't seem to make much difference. I don't mind if someone is within several feet away but 5 feet away is a little much. If I were younger he would have been makin snow angels.....the hard way. Sometimes it sucks to be getten old wink.gif.

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Dave, do you remember when we had all of those flags set up on rays and that guy came and set up right on the edge of our flags confused.gifconfused.gifI was less than happy with that, but oh well. I don't own the lake. We nailed that small one and lost that really nice one half way through the hole and your buddy almost ____ his pants when the northern came off!!!!!

Bottom line is that when people see excitment or fish come through the ice "LOOK OUT" because you will have visitors. Trying to keep calm and not running to tip ups helps or not throwing your fish out on the ice helps not attract attention.

GOOD FISHIN!!!

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when some of my friend and i get on some nice fish we don't say anything,we try to be as discreet as possible when pulling them up and put them in the bucket a portable helps alot. other wise people start to join you.

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i think you should just be happy no offense..but i just minded my own all year just did my own thing, but i only caught 2 walleyes 1 14 inch and 1 16 inch the 14 went back but the way i feel if you see one of those people that came in close to you to catch fish...and do they should thank you for helping them..i mean if i would have found a good bite i would have shown and told anyone on here the exact spot as i get just about as much a thrill as catching them as hearing about my friends catching them...though im new to the southern region..im from the cities and down here for school..but the outdoors can never leave me...speaking of which when do tax refunds get back and whos got a good gsp?????

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i was very happy with the results we had,but we do work very hard to find these fish.im done saying my peace on this but i just had to get it off my chest.i heard about the bite on rays quite early,but decided to find our own fish on the lake we were on.i also heard how bad rays got hit after the word got out,these little lakes cant handle the pressure people put on them.im not against sharing a little information,in fact i took a couple buddies out there to share in the good fortune. this was by the way some of the best fishing i experienced this year,in fact youll find me on this lake come opener,but if you do be very,very quiet or the wabbits will here you grin.gif

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Like I said...and I'll get off it too. I'm more than glad to share my info, even to the exact location. I just don't like it when someone lands on top of me and uses my holes, the ones that I had drilled in the case I was talking about. Thats a little much. I'll stop venting now blush.gif. Hope everyone has the best of luck chasing down the craps and gills the rest of the ice year.

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