I don't call them knuckleheads, I call them uneducated bunch in fishing etiquette and probably in their lives also.
I've only been fishing for 6 years and this season is my first season fly fishing. However, I've had my fair share of this experience like the veterans here.
The kind of people here won't allow me to turn my back to look into my stuffs without someone stepping into my spot. If I hooked a fish, I'd better bringing it in quickly and quietly or else they'll invade my spot. They'll come to you asking how the fishing is, start a small chit chat and before you know it, they'll have their lines in the water in your spot without asking for your permission. Many of them think that since fish is started with the letter F, the F words will surely catch them, to have them around is like smelling a nasty fart, you can hear it and you can smell it too. No bueno.
It is more frustrating when I am fly fishing from the shore since, people WILL walk behind you, set a camp behind you, let their kids playing behind you, etc. A guy said to his friend that it was all about the presentation when I didn't catch any while he was catching a stocked trout jigging this meal worm using his $400 Gloomis ultra light spinning outfit. Hey, I can do that with my $99 shimano compre too.
One day, me, my co-worker and my boss (the greatest snob dry fly only
) were in a trout derby in local ponds. The boss got to the gate at 3am to get a good spot for us. We couldn't get to the spot we wanted since there were gazillion "fisherman" in that spot.
So, we walked to the very end of the pond where nobody was interested in. We only had about 15 ft to share our 6 spinning poles (2 poles/guy max).
around 9am, tow older fellows walked by us back and forth. Then the first guy walked between our poles and said " I'll just cast right straight out there" and the second guy said "yeah, me too". Me as the small guy of the three and with lack of a good sleep just couldn't let it slide and told the guy that we were fishing there. The 2 guys started with their profanity on the lack of area to fish and would asked for their gate fees back and walked away. Those guys would have their spots if they didn't come at 9 am with a plan to squeeze in.
Oh well, one rant of my chest now. Have a good day now.
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There is a small, reservoir here on Gov't Property, but it is opened each spring to the public who bother to get a documentation etc and agree to abide by the rules. It's a special place, because it has Pike in it. Huge Pike, some of them reaching 44" but it's all 100% Catch and Release. The lake is .... I dunno, a few acres maybe?
On more than one occasion, one fellow whom I recall, would show up, throw out his tackle (Artificial Only, De-Barbed Hooks) and start talking.
One could hear this fellow from 75 yards away, loudly exulting about
....(paraphrasing) "I'm telling you Dude, this ...ing Bass was ...ing enormous Man. I mean Dude, it must have been ...ing this ....ing big! So I got out my ...ing Rebel lure and ...ing cast it out into the ...ing Lake and ...ing Bam! Dude, he ...ing hit that lure so ...ing hard and I'm not ...ing kidding Dude .....etc.!"
Once, I was fishing below a dock, on that dock there was a guy who was slinging a 6 inch swim bait that had 3 treble 3/O hooks on it. The guy yelled to his guy asking him to join him. He said "Dude, come here after you finished your sandwich, the bass are hitting the swim bait hard". Well, I was fishing just below him for the last 20 minutes and never seen any splashes other than his 6 inches swim bait hitting the water.