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#11664041 - 06/13/16 11:09 AM Tournament Distance Rules
Hobbs McAvoy Offline

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 390
Loc: Bullard, TX
So here is the scenario. I'm fishing the Skeeter Owners Tourney Saturday on fork. I decide to fish a community hole in the afternoon. 4 or so boats are already there and I make it a point to keep my distance from them. I fish for a while and then decide to retie a C-rig. So I'm working on my set up when I see a boat coming along and they are working towards me. This is OPEN water not near the bank. So I glance up again and they are closing in. Next thing I know a lure splashes a few feet from me. I look up and they are about 30 feet from me. I shake my head and keep working away. They slowly move away. I'm back up and fishing now. Within a minute of that I see a boat running towards me. He shuts down 45 yards from me and begins grabbing gear, hat, etc. By the time he drops his trolling motor he's 30 feet from me and starts fishing. My C-rig is under his boat. He looks up and says "How's it going?". I bite my tongue and mumble "Okay". Both boats were fishing the tournament and both broke the distances rule of 25 yards. I don't think I would ever turn someone in but what should I have done? Ask them to back off? I moved to a different spot shortly after that. I don't mind guys fishing close to me but that was too close. Guess they thought I was on the X or they wanted to see what I was fishing with. ?

#11664057 - 06/13/16 11:15 AM Re: Tournament Distance Rules [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
Fish Killer Offline
Big Sexy

Registered: 12/11/04
Posts: 25854
Loc: Weatherford
You gotta expect that at a tournament of this size and entries. I saw points that had 10-12 boats on them this weekend, where you could almost walk boat from boat.
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#11664062 - 06/13/16 11:17 AM Re: Tournament Distance Rules [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
Peepaw on Fork Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 1547
Loc: Yantis,Texas
Put in at our private ramp Sunday and had a guy tell me it was pretty sorry of me to troll around him to get to a flat 200 yards past him. Guess I should have run the outboard through his fishing hole
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#11664152 - 06/13/16 11:46 AM Re: Tournament Distance Rules [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
Mike_Soriano™ Offline
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Registered: 06/08/08
Posts: 5434
It's the skeeter tourney. It is what it is.

#11664168 - 06/13/16 11:50 AM Re: Tournament Distance Rules [Re: Peepaw on Fork]
InTheClear Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 1492
Loc: Southwest Texas
Originally Posted By: Peepaw on Fork
Put in at our private ramp Sunday and had a guy tell me it was pretty sorry of me to troll around him to get to a flat 200 yards past him. Guess I should have run the outboard through his fishing hole

Typical, you're showing him respect and he can't keep his mouth shut. The sport isn't necessarily growing in the right direction!

#11664280 - 06/13/16 12:32 PM Re: Tournament Distance Rules [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
CJ.Skeeter Offline

Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 143
Loc: Flower Mound
I saw a lot of crazy at the tournament this weekend. From boats on pad through stump fields to people trolling 10 yards away from me while I'm anchored with the trolling motor up. It sucks, and happens a lot. Personally I believe karma will get them in the end so I fume about it for a bit, make the occasional comment about rules and safety and hope they learn something. This is my 12th year at this tournament and it seems crazy is always present.

In your case fishing a public spot, I might have mentioned respecting ones distance and ask for space. Would it help? Eh prolly not, but that's when I hope karma kicks in. Ultimately if it's that popular of a spot, might be best to find a not so popular spot.


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