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Old 04-20-2017, 10:57 AM   #21
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It is getting ridiculous. Kayakers are the worst about it. This weekend I had a kayaker paddle between me and the bank (i was wade fishing). I thought to myself, he is just going down the shoreline a ways. No, I was wrong. He stopped 75 yards in front of my wade line and tied the kayak to his hip and started fishing and walking in circles.

In the meantime, I was 75 yards from my boat, I had a pair of kayakers pull up behind me (20 yards from me) between me and my boat. Then when I turned around he said "I'm sorry this is the only spot I know." I didn't even have to say anything... He knew he was in the wrong and did not care. The worst part about it is he had a young kid (probably 10) with him and now this kid will think it is acceptable to pull in that close to people.

People have ZERO respect for space anymore and those guides people are mad at have to deal with this on a daily basis to make their living. If you do not say something and assume people will do the right thing then you are wrong. It happened to me this weekend. If you don't say anything people WILL come in on top of you.


If you are a kayaker, and you don't do this, then do not get offended and mad because I am not talking about you. Some kayakers are very respectful.

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Old 04-20-2017, 11:00 AM   #22
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As a commercial fisherman Id have to say the guides as a group are far more respectful of others on average compared to the regular dudes. Most of the problems with dudes comes down to simple ignorance. The worst group by far is the hot rod tournament types, they know better and simply don't care.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:00 AM   #23
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I do enjoy rolling through packery, and listening to the people on the south side of the channel, who happen to be trespassing on private property ***** about a boat going by. It warms my heart.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:17 AM   #24
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If you are like me and fish where the fish aren't then you don't have to worry with rude guides.

The only guide ( or I suspect he was a guide) that I have had any interaction with was in East Galveston Bay. My boat had conked out and I drifted to goat island on bolivar penisula. I was in knee deep water pulling the boat behind me wading toward the ferry landing. I figured I had nothing to lose but to see how far I could go. no cell phone, no radio, just hoof it. Any way, a guy in a Parker big bay with 2 guys that looked clueless saw me and came to my rescue.

He towed me to the launch at the end of the dike where my truck was and took off refusing to take any sort of compensation. I don't know if he was a guide but I suspect he was and he took the time away from his clients to do the right thing.

There are good ones and bad ones in every lot. I'll try to focus on the good.

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Old 04-20-2017, 12:26 PM   #25
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Most tournament guys I know are very respectful of fishing too close to others,if you run into a problem with one just take a picture or video of them and contact the tournament,they'll be disqualified and once you're disqualified from one it's kinda hard to ever fish another because a lot of the rules state you can't fish in them if you've ever been disqualified from any tournament.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:46 PM   #26
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If you are like me and fish where the fish aren't then you don't have to worry with rude guides.

The only guide ( or I suspect he was a guide) that I have had any interaction with was in East Galveston Bay. My boat had conked out and I drifted to goat island on bolivar penisula. I was in knee deep water pulling the boat behind me wading toward the ferry landing. I figured I had nothing to lose but to see how far I could go. no cell phone, no radio, just hoof it. Any way, a guy in a Parker big bay with 2 guys that looked clueless saw me and came to my rescue.

He towed me to the launch at the end of the dike where my truck was and took off refusing to take any sort of compensation. I don't know if he was a guide but I suspect he was and he took the time away from his clients to do the right thing.

There are good ones and bad ones in every lot. I'll try to focus on the good.


Pretty sure that was Caleb Haarp if it had a Suzuki on the back I think that's his boat. Talked to him at the fishing show seemed like a good dude.



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Old 04-20-2017, 01:06 PM   #27
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There are tons of really great respectful guides out there. I've also seen a good change in etiquette in Galveston on the reefs.. most people fishing the reefs are getting a good handle on it and everyone will just fall in line for drifts behind each other, make wide swings around the reefs, and then do it again.

It's that one guy that pulls up and throws the anchor as far as they can heave it that you just have to shake your head at. There should be yearly required boater / angler etiquette course for sure.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:26 PM   #28
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Good and not so good ones like in every other group of people in a public place. There's literally probably 20 times more guides in Poc as there was just 25 years ago. Boats too it seems like. Arsehats in every group as has been said.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:41 PM   #29
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Might help but the main problem is that you're running into the same people who will cut you off in traffic and flip you the bird even though it was their fault and not yours.

It's only gotten worse over the years and it will just continue to worsen as more and more people buy boats and are turned loose upon the bays with zero clue as to what they are doing.

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Old 04-20-2017, 02:22 PM   #30
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I had to go look but a post by Mike Miller comes into play here and the post is 10 years old so this isn't something new lol. Just read through the post until he speaks of rude boaters.

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I do believe that the redfish events are taking pressure off of the trout. I used to live to catch big trout and viewed redfish as only a pain in the butt. Most of the redfish tourny guys were fishing alongside me in the Troutmaster heyday. We have since shifted our focus to the redfish in order to be successful in those events. I still enjoy catching a big trout but almost never go in search of them like the old days. We are only allowed one red per man in the tournies and they are released alive thus no negative damage to the resource. Some people insist on being jerks on the water whether in competition or not. I hate being thrown into this category just because I enjoy tournament fishing. We should all do our best to show respect to other anglers. Tournament anglers have no excuse because they all know better. Some weekend folks dont even realize what they are doing is making others mad. Take the time to help them become better boaters instead of flippin them the bird. Only keep what fish you need and enjoy your time on the water.
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