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If you pull up to a spot to fish and someone is in it - go find another. If you are dead set on fishing that spot, come back once the spot is open.

Be courteous people.
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   keakar
i completely agree with you but it also depends on the spot itself and if you just dont want other boats around you because sometimes there is room for more then one boat in the same spot.

if its an open area then 2-3 boats properly positioned ''could'' fish one spot without getting in each others way but that would never happen so i would say two can fish one spot in an open area without spooking fish or crossing lines, provided the fishermen were not morons (a very big IF)

in a small area or in the marsh i would agree they need to move on or fish behind you like if its a point with current so they can also catch fish without getting in your way.

if they can position the boat so its not limiting your casting or crossing your lines they they have just as much right to be there as you do.

they main rule is the first to get there gets his spot and after that anyone else just needs to give a respectible distance from you if they are going to fish the same spot.

this cant be avoided and thats why i dont set the hook with other boats around, its hard as hell to not react to a bite but much better then having another boat park on top of me because they saw me catch ONE fish.
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some people look for other boats and thats where they fish.

you will never catch me pulling up to a spot to fish if another boat is already in there. i guess i just have to much pride. unless there is a pretty girl in the boat, then i might tie up.
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I had a tiny reef in Black Bay that was hard to find. (Didn't have a GPS) Not too many people knew of it. It was one of those top water lure spots with big trout.
If I was alone no problem. The fish would bite continuously until the sun got pretty high. If another boat came they would still bite fairly well. If a third boat came the fish would leave. Gone vamoose end of story.
Then comes along a ding-a-ling with a Louisiana Sportsman columnist and they give out GPS co-ordinates and end of fishing the reef. The fishermen never could figure out why they couldn't catch fish there with 6 boats there. Finally they stopped fishing that reef, but it was never the same. The pressure ruined it. Forever.
Guess all good things come to an end eh ?

The moral of the story is......you see someone fishing wait till its your turn. Too much pressure then no one catches fish.
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i can tell when LA Sportmans runs an article about a fishing spot. it looks like a parking lot.

My favorite is when they put coordinates. i don't know why someone would do that. a true fisherman keeps his producing spots to himself or close ones. why would you advertise a spot so people would flock to it? dumb.
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   Samarai
Depends on the spot. If you are fishing the dam at Hopedale, do you expect to have the whole corner to yourself. Or if you are on a rig in breton sound, do you expect no one else to pull up to another corner of the rig. How about fishing oak river, there are boats parked at every opening and trollers who troll up and down the canal. I fish for enjoyment and have never been upset if there are other boats around. Just dont throw your line on top of mine. (had that happen once)just gave them a stare. If you dont want to share info ( doesnt have to be your hotspot), what's the use of being on this website. Unless u are a taker and not a giver.
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Sharing info is a good thing but not to where your fishing is ruined.
Been there done that and don't want a repeat of it.
Don't mind giving helpful hints in certain spots but not exactly where you can fish in my lap. And spots like that reef I do keep to myself till I die. And so would you.
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   CaptJS
Callie some people how about most
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   Samarai
I dont see any specific spots posted. Areas that are mentioned are usually on any map and almost everyone has knowledge to. Now if you see someone in your specific spot, whats to say that it wasn't his spot beforehand. There are certain spots that I like to fish every time Im out, since I usually dont spend enough time on the water to explore but if i see a couple of boats at that area, i'll just run someone else.
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   webfoot83
We fished Oak River this winter and the boats were lined up very thick and everyone was catching and seemed to get along well. Fished for three days next to the funniest group of guys i have ever met on the water.
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Never said I had that reef to myself. But it sure enough got ruined forever by someone who knew it and gave it away to Louisiana Sportsman. GPS co-ordinances were given because it was hard to locate. Not all spots that hold good numbers of fish are on maps. That I know. The marked ones I dont fish because there is too much pressure on them. They usually dont last long as good spots.
I never bother anyone catching fish. If I do it is because i had a brain fart and didn't realize I screwed you up. Sorry dude!
Enough on this subject for me. Time to move on.
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Got to say one more thing.

You got that right. I have met some of the best characters out on the water.
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For me, it all boils down to RESPECT! I use to think that all fisherman were sportsman with the same hobby as mine. I have extremely bad encounters with one guy showing up where I was (and had been for over an hour)and he ended up trolling within 20 ft of my boat to fish where i was fishing. Instead of losing my cool, I just left. I remember that day vividly because that was the day I had problems with my throttle. Man I hate when my boat takes off like that!
On the other hand, I have seen fishermen actually tell me to come in just a little and throw to an area and catch fish. My preference is to show respect and hopefully receive respect. I like to give info when asked, but don't ask me for my honey hole. I mostly ask for directions, shortcuts, etc. if I am unfamiliar with an area. I have found there to be plenty of helpful people on this site.
My trip this weekend got postponed after working 18 hours on Friday. Hope to be out again soon.
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   LaTexan
My dad taught me to ask if it is OK to move in to a spot and we would tell people to move closer if we were on the fish. We mostly fished Fourchon where the spots where larger. Just have some respect for other people. The bueaty of Louisiana is that you can find open water most of the time. Don't be lazy. Half the fun is finding new spots and doing it on your own.
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LA Texan-
Your dad taught you well. I agree about having fun finding new places to fish. The more I fish Hopedale/Delacroix, the more I learn. I'm curious when it comes to fishing. I always try to learn more about the waters and about the bottoms where I fish. I am not bashful about asking for directions though. The other word you mentioned is not practiced by some nearly enough...CONSIDERATE! Accidentally running up on a boat is one thing. Purposeful parking on top of a boat or directly where they're fishing is downright rude. We are truely blessed in LA to have spectacular waters to fish.
I hope you are passing down to your children the things your dad taught you. That will go a long way to help us remain the 'Sportsman's Paradise'.
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My take on this is; If you're close enough to 'ask' if you can move in then you're too close already. If you're called into the bite that's entirely another story, otherwise I like to stay at least 3 long casts away. Most of my fishing is done along the shoreline, if you're 3 long casts from each other then even when you get a big fish on the chances of getting tangled are greatly reduced. Plus if there's a little noise coming from your boat or the other's it's not as obtrusive. I've had people set up on us catching fish and I could cast into the next boat, very disturbing.
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   LaTexan
I so happy for you. Some people don't understand what they read.
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   keakar
some people are just too silly to fish around, there are shouting, talking loud, banging seats and deck lids, dropping tackle boxes and fishing poles, i swear some people have no idea how to fish quietly.

with those kinds of people around i try and stay at least a mile away from anywhere they are
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Keakar,
That's why I mentioned noise. Most of my fishing is on the shoreline and positioned structure fishing, but I do sometimes fish on reefs and on reefs noise can kill a bite quicker than a school of sharks. The scenario that I've seen offends the most is the guy who pulls up ands just 'throws' the anchor out, then because he didn't 'set' the anchor, they drag anchor. Now he cranks up and repeats the same sh*t. By the time he finally lucks out and the anchor holds he's on top of you. Makes me steam. Man I can hardly wait for the spring beach bite to kick off, yeah I'll make a few trolls on the Causeway between now and then, but come on beach bite. ARRIVE ALIVE!!!
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