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Topic: Getting this off my chest! Kayakers vs. Boaters  (Read 3726 times)

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This is a great thread but I have to add that lake boaters are different than ocean boaters. We have the weekend warrior and the bass fishermen.

The weekend boaters are the idiots with no respect, skiing, house boats with kids and drunk off their a$$. They are playing the music loud and peeing in the lake. I see a lot of high school and college students partying it up in the shallows. I saw a boater call on a tube guy to a fight on the water. Amazing!!!
 
The bass fishermen are cool but can get a little crazy because they want to catch fish and we are in their spot. They, at times, need to be reminded that kayakers pay the day fee just like them.

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I totally agree with the point Caliyak is making.  Other than one idiot at CL last spring I have not had bass boaters become problem.  BUT if I troll for salmon on the old sac on a weekend I do it real early before the weekend idiots get on the water.  I have gotten more respect from wake boarders than some of these morons with salmon fever.
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remember they spent more money on their single trip out than we do in 10 trips. they may be grumpy because of that..

You said a mouthful there.


Nonsense, a trip out to the sc bouy is about a bucks worth of gas.  :smt004 

One last thing....if I'm in my boat and coming up on a kayaker, I'm keeping distance but not slowing down unless I want to talk to them.  Coming off plane creates a larger wake, that is more likely to swamp or knock someone off their yak.  This is especially true around harbor entrances where apparently its become cool to hang out. 
 
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I hate it when a fast moving boat slows down before it gets to where I am. I would much rather have it stay on plane. Much smaller wake that way.

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remember they spent more money on their single trip out than we do in 10 trips. they may be grumpy because of that..

You said a mouthful there.


Nonsense, a trip out to the sc bouy is about a bucks worth of gas.  :smt004 

One last thing....if I'm in my boat and coming up on a kayaker, I'm keeping distance but not slowing down unless I want to talk to them.  Coming off plane creates a larger wake, that is more likely to swamp or knock someone off their yak.  This is especially true around harbor entrances where apparently its become cool to hang out. 
 
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Food for thought ...

The quiet word around the harbor is that a lot of kayakers are NOT respecting the rules of the road when it comes to WSB.  When you reach the end of your drift, do not traverse through the fleet to set up for the next one.  Go around them.

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Allen -

That is a good point and we should be careful when re-setting the drift. I think with a bottom bite and the fact that we are pretty stealthy compared to a boat, I really don't think we caused anybody to not catch a fish but your point is well taken and I said it in my WSB article about fleet etiquette. Personally, I think some of them are mad because we are out fishing them, particularly the last 3-4 weeks and that is the truth. I have only fished one drift on each of my last 2 trips so it wasn't me who cut through the fleet.  :smt005 :smt005 :smt005

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C'mon, haven't you guys ever seen a guy driving a piece of shit car with a super hot girl in the passenger seat? I'm sure that's how guys in PB's feel when they see a kayaker with something nice on the clip. "I spent all this money on a BMW and she's with the dude who's rollin a Geo."
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C'mon, haven't you guys ever seen a guy driving a piece of shit car with a super hot girl in the passenger seat? I'm sure that's how guys in PB's feel when they see a kayaker with something nice on the clip. "I spent all this money on a BMW and she's with the dude who's rollin a Geo."
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C'mon, haven't you guys ever seen a guy driving a piece of shit car with a super hot girl in the passenger seat? I'm sure that's how guys in PB's feel when they see a kayaker with something nice on the clip. "I spent all this money on a BMW and she's with the dude who's rollin a Geo."

Damn that is funny.  :smt044 :smt044 :smt044 Last 2 trips I was in by 7-9 AM followed by 2-3 PB's who were skunked and gave up. Each time one of them came over, looked at my fish, looked at my kayak and said... "Nice rig, so how much do they cost?"  :smt005 :smt005 :smt005 Yeah, the Geo's are looking pretty good these days.
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OMG thats some funny shit right there fellas. :smt006 :smt044 :smt044 Good one Jeff.
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I hate it when a fast moving boat slows down before it gets to where I am. I would much rather have it stay on plane. Much smaller wake that way.
+1 especially when its a skiboat w/weight in the back...

Too funny Jeff  :smt044
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That's why I haul ass by kayaks when I'm in my wakeboard boat with full ballast tanks :smt003

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("Nonsense, a trip out to the sc bouy is about a bucks worth of gas".)

The Boat we have uses 40 gal of gas an hour. One reason I fish rock fish from a kayak.
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I've not had any problems with pb's other than their normal wake and water churning on lakes.  Folsom for example will get all chopped up on weekends and that I don't take personally as a kayak owner. 

What I have experienced is a great curiosity in my kayak.  Recreational boaters will stop and ask me about it and want details.  Other fishermen act as if they are 'too cool' to ask questions, but sneak in for  a closer look.  I will usually say hi to them in order to break the ice and then they'll ask about the kayak.  If I'm on a drift, been working a pattern all morning, and someone comes over, I keep with my pattern and figure the PBer needs to adjust to my pace.  Most do, realizing I've probably been there long enough to figure out what's working that day.  Some won't and when that happens, I'll start up a conversation with them.  It gives them a chance to see I'm not an a-hole and also the chance to demonstrate they aren't either.  Keeping civil is pretty important when you are the 95 pound weakling on the beach and the muscleman is approaching.  It's the same with my motorcycle riding; you may be in the right, but you will also pay a bigger price if a push comes to a shove too.   
At this point in my fishing, it's about the experience, not the meat anyways.  I think kayakers are probably a more mature group as a whole compared to PB'ers.  We have worked past the stage of quantity and moved up to quality.  We look at the details as part of the whole experience instead of just the final result of fish taken.   We tend to be quite satisfied to fish where PB's are not satisfied until they catch. 


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At this point in my fishing, it's about the experience, not the meat anyways.  I think kayakers are probably a more mature group as a whole compared to PB'ers.  We have worked past the stage of quantity and moved up to quality.  We look at the details as part of the whole experience instead of just the final result of fish taken.   We tend to be quite satisfied to fish where PB's are not satisfied until they catch.

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At this point in my fishing, it's about the experience, not the meat anyways.  I think kayakers are probably a more mature group as a whole compared to PB'ers.  We have worked past the stage of quantity and moved up to quality.  We look at the details as part of the whole experience instead of just the final result of fish taken.   We tend to be quite satisfied to fish where PB's are not satisfied until they catch.

Love this ...

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X2, that's about the best summation of yak-fishing I've seen.  Mind if I steal it for my signature line?  :smt002
                     
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