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Just out of curiosity, and for a little fun here, does anyone here besides me, have any pet pieves when your fishing? I know i do. Some of mine are:

1. people who can't sit still when your fishing on a pier. They are up & down and all over the pier, shaking it as they pace back and forth.
2. People who want to mess with my line when i have it out in the water. You do not touch my pole. GRRRR...
3. Speed boats and jet skis that run up over your line and get as close as they can to where you are fishing. I don't mind fishing boats, because they are usually moving fairly slow, and don't create the huge waves that the other two do.
4. drunken fishermen. Im talking about the obnoxious variety.

Since we don't have a boat and have to fish from shore, these are things that i have encountered that bugged me.
 

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1. Jet Skis/Water Skiers
2. People who keep fish that are under size.
3. People who fish live bait at Quincy



2&3: I have the rangers office phone number on the speed dail on my cell phone and wont think twice about calling it on law-breakers.

4. Don't keep Bass. They taste like crap. IMO, Let them go to get bigger.


IMO


-Jay
 

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Just a few

1) People who encroach on your fishing space.
2) Fishing regulation law breakers.
3) People who do not teach their children fishing etiquette.
4) Elitist snobs who believe certain angling methods are improper. This is especially prevalent among fly fishermen. I fly fish about 90% of the time but  learned to enjoy fishing by first using baits, then spinners then finally flies. We all pay for licenses and there is nothing wrong with using alternative methods where permitted.     
5) Those who only believe in catch and release even in waters where harvest is allowed. Selective harvest is O.K. People who decide to keep a few fish for consumption are not evil. It actually helps improve fishing. One such case is in overpopulated Brook Trout Streams.
             
 

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People who take their childern fishing and let them run up and down the bank throwing rocks into the water, where you and others are fishing.
People who take dogs fishing and decide to play fetch in the water not by their poles but by yours.
 

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I was confronted last year by an animal rights type person over releasing a catfish i had caught...which i didn't do...which upset him...which created a bad conversation.

another one is people who go fishing with no bait. Im a softy so i always share mine with folks but i wonder why they go fishing without bait.
 

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1. Everything listed before this post.
2. water and jet skiers think its ok to pass 10 feet away while going 50 mph.
3. people who talk to much when fishing. (I like to relax when fishing and constant, insipid chatter is not needed when fishing)
4. Other fisherman who won't share or are deceptive about why they are catching fish and you are not.
5. When my 17 year old out fishes me and I can't come up with a good excuse for it.
6. Being stuck at work or having made a prior committment and not being able to go on the water on a day that is beautiful. (any day is beautiful for fishing)
 

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1. People who litter on the shoreline (or anywhere else for that matter).
2. Boaters, jet skiers and other anglers who intrude on angler's fishing space.
3. Unleashed dogs intruding on angler's fishing space and trotting into spawn habitat.
4. Negligent weekend warriors who feel that damaging wildlife is their right as a taxpayer.
5. Anglers and wildlife officials that insist their opinion is all that really matters.
6. Folks that take more than they need or don't eat what they take. The fish need to go on the grill, in the pan or back in the water...the freezer should not be an option.

My name is Matt, and I'm a fishaholic.
 

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Why shouldnt the freezer be an option? Is this an example of imposing ones opinion on another? Just wondering.
 

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This is a general rule and purely my opinion. I just see too many instances where people clean the fish, put them in the freezer, only to be tossed out during spring cleaning...such a waste.

I also think the fish lose a good deal of flavor in the freezer. This is mostly due to improper handling. A thawed, then cooked slab is never going to be as tasty as fresh grilled.

What sent me over the edge was when I helped a guy move last summer. He had over 10 nice sized trout and bass rotting in his trash can. "I don't even know why I bring 'em home." was his response.

Not all people are like this and I still respect an angler's freedom to take what he/she feels appropriate and in accordance with established limits. But I try to encourage people to make a conscious decision about their take.

If people just want frozen fish, don't mess with the gear and lure presentation...just stop off at your local frozen fish section and grab what you want. =o)
 

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Not to totally disagree, but i do to a certain point. Why should i go pay 3.99 and up for catfish fillets at the grocery store, when i can catch them for free, have a fun time fishing, then fillet and freeze them and have deep fried catfish throughout the winter months? I do agree with you that if you are going to keep them and freeze them that you eat them and not toss them out, or at least give them away to someone who will eat them.
 

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Frozen walleyes and catfish  arent fresh but they arent bad alternatives...

And Jay is right Smallmouths/Largemouths taste like crap! 

The wipers I have had in Colorado tasted suprising like walleye for being large fish...

My biggest pet peeve...fisherman turning our lakes and rivers into trash cans...I would occasionally ice fish Georgetown...I went up there once in the summer...I couldnt believe the trash around the shoreline...I have never been back...the rangers may be anal about somethings at Aurora but there isnt any trash...the part that really kills me...THE WORM CONTAINERS AND POP CANS/BOTTLES WERE FULL WHEN YOU CARRIED THEM OUT THERE...NOW THEY ARE EMPTY AND LIGHTER...QUIT BEING A LAZY ARSE AND CARRY THEM BACK...AND PICK UP SOMEONE ELSES TOO WHILE YOU ARE AT IT!!!!

UGH!!!!


Oh and one other thing and I fly fish/fly tie...I agree with the above points on elitist snobs...cracks me up everytime I go into a fly store and see "strike indicators"....bwahaahaahaahahahahhaa...that is an elitist snob term for a "bobber"...that is all they are is bobbers...but heaven forbid they would call them that...like they might be accidently mistaken for a bait fisherman...
 

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I have to agree with you guys on the litter thing, no matter where I'm fishing I always end up leaving with atleast 3 more pop/beer bottles/cans then I showed up with and ususally a plastic bag or 2 more then I started with.
 

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I hate the trash thing too. One of my favorite spots to catfish i would go to sometimes 4 times a week, and every time i would go some one had been there the night before and left behind dead worms all over the pier, hooks and line laying all over and old peanut butter jars, worm containers etc. I would always clean up their mess because i didn't want some one to come along and think that i had left the mess. I don't consider someone like that a fisherman.

Another thing that i hate is finding dead fish laying on the bank that someone had caught and just left there, even dead carp. and pulling in old line with hooks and bobbers out of the water and leurs still on it.
 

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Another thing that i hate is finding dead fish laying on the bank that someone had caught and just left there, even dead carp. 
I hear you man!!! I HATE THAT!!!!!!

-Jay
 

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Ok, Ok...I'll retract my earlier comment about frozen fish. "Freeze 'em if you got 'em." :)

Trash note:

I have "adopted" a couple urban lakes that have treated me well over the past few years. I make it a habit to show up in the "off season" and pick up the trash. Most of which is blown in by wind or some careless juveniles.

I've pulled everything from worm cans to weed whackers!

The payoff has been huge! Better fishing atmosphere and won over some of the local residents as well. Now they make it a point to keep me updated on the lake(s) and who has been catching what...a little bit really goes a long ways.


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In no particular order:

trashed shorelines

floating trash

dogs fetching in water too close to your "personal fishing zone"

"combat fishing" aka shoulder to shoulder fishing

jet skis "I just totally dislike em"

and..... floating cigarette butts.... I'm a smoker and I find it NOT such a hassel to put that butt somewhere other than the water.

Yeah, I guess certain things give me the :mad: face.
 
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1. Boaters and jet skiers that aren't ready to launch yet are on the ramp.

2. Everyone else on the lake while I'm there. :mad: (Unless of course I'm using them to figure out where the fish are!) :p
 

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1. Boaters and jet skiers that aren't ready to launch yet are on the ramp.
I just hate inconsiderate people who think the dock is the place to work on their motors or won't just plain get out of the way.
 
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