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My girlfriend and I put in at 360 last Sat. night 745P.
About 930p we started catching a few keepers just outside the grass on cranks. Got a few hits on the ole bass assasin too next to the grass as well.

We had a pretty good time. :)

I'm from East Texas and used to fishing T. Bend and Sam Rayburn. I soon realized that its a total different ball game fishing the clear water here. ???

One major difference I've noticed is other fisherman. There is almost a code of ethics for fisherman back home. Where I come from you always give other fisherman their space. If I see there are to many people fishing an area i find another one or at least be sure to give plenty space.

While we were fishing on LA the other night I had a boat with 2 guys come in and stop 50 yards in front of my boat. They started fishing the same bank and headed in our direction. These guys kept coming and passed between my boat and the bank. I could not beleive what had happend. These guys didn't say excuse me or even HELLO. Like I said this is unheard of back home.

They could've at least started behind me. I've noticed this happens alot around here. Is this the norm around here or what?

I know this is probably the wrong place to post this, sorry.
 

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This sort of thing happens everywhere I've ever fished. Some people don't understand HOW to behave. It's not necessarily they're fault, probably the upbringing. What is to blame is faulty guidance early in life when we're supposed to be taught about respect to others. Obviously those guys didn't get that guidance. So the rest of us who understand how to properly behave get frustrated with those who don't.
 

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I've fished a lot of lakes and I agree this can happen anywhere. But it sure seems like it happens a lot more around here.

I don't know, I guess I'm old fashion. :'(

Anyway's, sure am glad I stumbled on this forum. it's a big help for those of us not used to fishing central texas lakes. ;D
 

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I HAVE LIVED MY WHOLE LIFE AUSTIN AND THINK IT IS NORM FOR ANY SPORT OR ACTIVITY FOR PEOPLE TO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ANYONE. I HAVE JUST STARTED FISHING FROM BOATS SO I CAN NOT COMPARE TO ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THIS IS THE NORM FOR AUSTIN TEXAS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GREAT HERE BUT EVEN MORE WHO SUCK.
 
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That is the NORM for me on Lake Austin!  I use to just not say anything but when someone is running wide open and then shuts it down and does a 180 and cuts right in front of you that just takes the cake.  I recently had a couple guys do that to me and I just simply said 'Hey thanks for cutting me off!  I really appreciate it!'  Then the guy acted like he didn't know he did it.  I just laughed and kept fishing.

I've also had a couple folks sit and wait on me under the bridge while I launched and then follow me!  No descriptions mentioned due to I know a couple of them are on this site.  They know who they are.  What they didn't realize is that I took them to the deadest water I know out there.  What sucks is that it takes away from your fishing time and enjoyment.

Such is life folks.  

Hence I rarely if ever post a report on here anymore.
 

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That happend to me at one of the HHJ tourneys. These guys pull right in front of us, cut the big motor and drop the TM. They said they didn't see us. We exchanged a few (alot) words and went on our way. The sad thing is one of the guys on the boat was a guide. What a DONKEY!
 

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Skeetdog,

Welcome to the board. We look forward to reading more of your posts.

I'm from SE Texas (Orange) and fished Big Sam and Toldedo Bend when I wasn't after Reds and 'Specks on Sabine Lake.

I think most of the Good Ol' Boys back home grew up fishing and have always known/were taught the "code" (wasn't much else to do). Around here the lakes are smaller and you'll have more conflicts like the one you described. Also find some rich folks (the newbies) that decided to dump $40-50K on a Bass Rig with no idea of how to use it... :p

I know everyone on here has had someone cut them off, or fish between them and the bank. You just have to get used to ignorance.

Just keep at it and have that 1oz Rattle Trap you threw in the Spring Time back on Big Sam tied on. That thing makes a heck of a "clang" off the back cowling!!!! ;D

Seriously, if you wanna see crowded, be sure to take a trip to Lake Bastrop this winter. Head for the hot-water outfall. Better take your meds first 'cuz they will be stacked up like cord wood in there. Your "water" will be everyone else's "water".

Take care,

Wurm
 

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"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn."

Had never seen this saying before Wurm....that's great!!! I'll have to show it to my wife.


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First and foremost, Welcome to the board and Central Texas.

From what I can remember, in especially in Red Man series, there will be an all out fist fight on the bank when stuff like that happens.

Here, yep, these lakes fish small therefor the stacking in certain areas.

More importantly, LA has been so hit or miss, peeps will pull up on ya if they see a fish being caught- same goes for Lake Stillhouse.

Better yet due to Central Texas being internet saavy, post consecutive fantastic fishing reports with pics and the next several times out you will have company along new friends ;) (Collector ;D).

Do not attempt to go to Bastrop until you have acclimated to the area lakes ;). Picture 30 boats within a 200yd range all holding rods with white corks :eek: :eek: :D.

If you want some more info on area lakes (besides LA cause I suck on it atm)- send me a PM and we'll chat.

Once again, welcome to the board there's alot of good information shared here.

kp
 

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Hey, I appreciate all the replies! I thought it was just me or my old boat. I'm 32 years old and still fishing in the 1979 Raycraft my dad bought from San Augustine Texas. My boat's definately no $40K rig! :D But just like my Ole Man said "I ain't never seen a boat catch a fish!" ;)

Maybe i'll keep a little george tied on for next boat!

Tight Lines!
 

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Skeetdog,

95% of the fisherman around here would never crowd someone unless they politely asked if you mind them fishing around ya.

However, running into a couple of the 5% ers can leave a bad impression.

Funfishing or a Tournament on LA, 500 yards should be the min distance in my opinion.

Keep the reports coming !

EA
 

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I was bank fishing at Old Settlers up in Round Rock and had a similar experience. I walked all the way around the pond, as far as I could get from the fishing pier, and had just found a little pocket of deep water and got my first bite. Then about a minute later, this family of four comes walking up and sets up shop no more than 20 feet from me. Of course, the kids instantly start splashing around and throwing rocks in the water, then to make it worse, the husband and wife each caught fish on their first 10 casts, and my bite shut down.
 

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I had to chime in on this one because this has been bugging me. A couple months ago in a HHJ tournament on LA, on the take off we ran up lake quite a ways and we were the second boat in the "race" and the first one to pull off to fish our spot. (The guy in front kept going up.) We started fishing this point and about a minute later 2 guys in a nice boat pull upstream of us about 50 feet, (they are fishing the tournament) and proceed to float down stream and ended up practically on top of us because we were holding our position on the point. I couldn't even cast where I wanted to. They got within 15-20 feet of us, basically cutting us off from our fishing area. They would not make eye contact or even turn around to look at us. They knew what they were doing. We didn't say anything and we caught one dinky keeper then decided to leave. I really couldn't believe they did this. You race up the lake to get to a spot first, drive hard, burn a lot of gas and oil and beat someone fair and square then they don't give a damm. Obviously they wanted to fish that spot, so they did, despite the fact that we were there way before them. Thats some poor sportsman ship if you ask me. They need to learn to drive faster or get a faster boat if they want a spot that bad.

When a pleasure boater is acting like an idiot I can easily overlook that, but when someone that knows better is so blatantly disrespectful it really makes me loose faith in humanity. I hope whoever did that to us has more respect for others in the future.
 

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I still catch fish while folks are crowding/cut off me.
Its the sweetest revenge! ;D

The all time favorite is to hook a fish next to their boat and it turns out to be your personal best for that lake. ;)

I just say, most of time, "I hope we weren't in your way when you powered down 25ft away from us. Have a nice day." 8)

Don't let them take the fun out of fishing the waters you want to fish.
 

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Hook-em is right. The sweetest revenge is to catch a nice fish and then pull and Ike to let them know it ;D Or just keep talking to the other boat and never shut up. They will usually just leave to get away from you!

Unfortunately you just have to expect it on a small lake close to a big city. Just ignore them and keep fishing. I fish for fun and could care less what others do - it won't change my pattern or day because "a bad day fishing is better than a good day working!"
 
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