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  got used to those who when they saw
  Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-25-11 9:12 PM (EST)
 

....... me hook up they would come running right over exactly where I was .

But this is fishing bucktails on the bay bridge poles when I chose to stay on for a couple more hours after daybreak ... on a weekend .

It was ok with me though because most all these guys just wanted to hookup with one and really weren't going to have much luck because they just didn't know how to do it , but they were puttin in their weekend time , paying their dues , trying to figure it out .

If you were watching you would see me hookup and bring the Striper out of the poles , drift away with the tide to clear the fish from the poles , and do the battle in the open water . I'd look to see 2 or 3 boats leaving their poles and speeding right to the pole I just hooked up on . I'd boat and release the fish out in the open water , they'd be beginning to work my pole .

I just go to the next pole , hookup and the whole process would repeat , I'd drift away on the tide with the fish on and they'd swarm my last pole .

Like I said , if you were watching , you see this repeat a dozen times in a row . I felt for those guys , but they just couldn't get their rods to bend . Sometimes if I had the notion to be helpful to one of them , I'd show them the ropes and even give them the bucktail and "secret" so they could hookup .

So I understand how other fishermen believe where you just hooked up has to be the hot spot , but it ain't so ... it's mostly all either hot or it's not .

If it was a Charter Capt. coming along side you , I'd say that's his ground and more power to him . Have you ever seen the Charter Capt. leading the pack of weekend wariors , they will follow him like sheep and he don't mind , he knows we all just want to hookup some .

And if you are in a paddle craft out fishing open waters where the power boat gang range , don't expect any special consideration just because you are in a paddle craft ... you are as welcome as the next guy but you are not the exception , you have to play by the same rules as everyone else out there ... they can move about at ease , if you can't deal with it , stay away from their stomping grounds , or at the least stay out of their way because the power boat fishing gang swarm like a Bee's nest . If that's ok with you and you can deal with it in a paddle craft , fine , enjoy the hunt .


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