Trout fishing in a Grand Isle has been pretty good this summer. If it weren?t for the D&#@ porpoises, it would have been incredible a couple of times. Still had a couple of excellent days though!
So this is a bit of a rant, please bear with me.
I took my wife and two of my aunts fishing in Dularge on Saturday, 7/21. We left at sunrise and arrived at our fishing spot about 6:40. Upon arrival, I positioned the boat upwind, at the mouth of a canal to start on the western point and drift through the mouth, with the wind, as my trolling motor decided it wasn't going to work that day(an entirely different, but equally frustrating rant) . The canal is exactly 45 yards wide(according to google maps) and I positioned the boat about 15yrds into the canal so that they could make the short cast to the western point and I could make the longer cast to the eastern point. I start off by getting my crew's lines in the water and about that time a well known guide, whose name I will not reveal, decided to pull up about 50 yards away from me with his group. I hoped that his intention was to move past us into the canal and fish the weir or perhaps some of the points upstream. However, he deployed his trolling motor and positioned his boat about 25 yards(about half of a cast distance, perhaps less than that with the wind) away from us. I then asked him if he intended to fish so close to us and he told me that he did. I then had some tense words with him, explaining how rude and improper his actions were. We saw literally NO OTHER BOATS on our way to the north side of Lake Merchant and dozens of places he could have chosen to fish with no one there. He let me know that they would be fishing there and that I could fish wherever I wanted. After about 10 minutes of no bites on the eastern point, we then moved upcurrent, into the canal, about the same distance away(about 20 yards) to fish the point they were on(as I planned from the beginning). As my Aunt is asking me who he is and why he is acting this way, not loudly, but regular conversation level, I explained to her that he was a guide and before I could get another word out he responded yelling 'YEAH I'M F***ING GUIDE'. I then let him know about himself again, not cursing, staying calm, but very direct, letting him know how rude he was and that his actions were uncalled for. He then must have realized how uncomfortable he was making everyone, he got really nice, very quickly(most likely because he lost his temper and cussed in front of the family, children included, that were his clients that day) and tried to help me with my trolling motor trouble. I wasn't interested in his help and I politely let him know it. He continued to try and help with my trolling motor trouble and then began giving me and my other passengers directions on where to cast. This qualified as too little too late, not to mention I have fished this canal about a dozen times before and caught 12 keepers exactly where he was sitting(and where the wind would have carried us, as I had planned) about a month before with my sons. We didn't need his help, just for him not to come sit on the spot I arrived at first and was actively fishing. They kept a few from that spot and about 30 minutes later, they moved on.
That being said, I have been blessed to have been on many, many guided trips over the last 10 years(I've only had my boat about 18 months), with probably 35 different guides. I have become good friends with many of them and I truly understand the pressure that they are under to make wild animals(duck, geese, fish, deer, hogs etc.) available to their customers to catch or shoot. It is a difficult job, I do not envy their position. However, in my opinion, as they are on the water more than anyone, they should be the stewards of polite boating and fishing. I'm sure that his crew showed up late and that resulted in me being in 'his spot' before he arrived. This however should have prompted him to go to spot number two as opposed to squeezing in next to me at a narrow canal mouth. I slow down for their docks, even though their boats are elevated, I would NEVER pull up inside of casting distance of anyone, much less someone trying to make their living out there, I slow for everyone fishing or anchored if I can't pass more than 50 yards away. This is YOUR WORKPLACE, treat it as such. Remain polite and professional, at all costs, so that others may follow suit and if they don't, you have the moral high ground. Do not ruin what is supposed to be a fun, blessed day on the water by being rude and hard headed. You made your crew uncomfortable and you embarrassed yourself. I grew up fishing with my grandfather, he would have cranked the Yamaha and made a couple of circles around you after the first conversation. This is the type of incident that made him quit fishing Grand Isle Fri-Sun, as I know many who live there and those who are retired refuse to fish the weekends because of googans who don't know any better, and people like you, who know better, but choose to act selfishly. The other thing that you need to realize is that you are recognizable and that if I so wished I could burn you down on social media, Google, Louisiana Sportsman, etc., but I choose not to because I am a small business owner and I know how badly online reviews can hurt you.
I apologize for being long winded, for my many grammatical errors and the frequent use of parenthesis. I appreciate any feedback, whether you agree with me or not. I will not reveal the guides name, or boat because I do not wish to hurt his business. AND I must say again that his boat was so close you could hear every word of conversation on each boat from the other. Thank you for listening, happy boating and tight lines.