I apologize for that. No I'm not a theif and yes I agree with calling around and asking for permission first. Did not mean to rub anyone the wrong way.
I can accept that. I'm one of those guys mentioned above.
"If its watermellons or fish it ain't stealin'." Believing that'll get you shot some places in the Eastern part of the state....
So one day when I'm the manager of a huge (4000 acre) catfish farm I drive by one of the ponds (actually more like a 20 acre lake) and see some folks with lawn chairs, a beach umbrella, cane poles, a cooler and a stringer sitting on one of the levees like they are in for a spell of catfishing all day long.
I stop and ask them, "What do you think you're doing?" To which one of them says, "we're fishin'." wel, I tell 'em I can see that and add "what makes you think you can fish here?"
One of 'em says, "we're from Alabama, an' in Alabama when you see a pond by the roadside you can just stop and fish anytime you feel like."
I tell 'em this ain't Alabama, its Texas, an' in Texas you don't just stop by the road and start stealing other folks' fish. Besides, I call BS. I ain't never been to Alabama, but I bet if them folks was fishing in a fish farm there they'd get worse than they got from me, which all I did was make them put the fish back and ran them off saying next time I call the law.
I use a lot of golf course ponds to raise breeding stock for my bass project and would take a dim view of anybody stealing my fish from those ponds.