I had a bass fisherman come up and start fishing next to me yesterday, about 10′ away casting to the same spot I was, with our lines getting tangled. This is nothing new, walleye and catfisherman do the same thing. He gave me the story about how he doesn’t usually do that to people but he was fishing a tournament. So I was thinking about how I could have stopped him, and it’s a dirty trick I learned from those pro catfisherman on the rock river.
You don’t even have to get there first, but its best if you do. You just go a an area where a lot of fisherman congregate, like tailwaters below a dam, an area usually with enough room for 100 boats fishing vertically in deep water. Drop a big anchor and feed out a lot of line, the more line the better because then no one can fish above you for 50′ or more without snagging your anchor rope. Then cast out a dozen rods in all directions. Use heavy weights so you can cast cross ways in the current or even up current. Use heavy line so people will clearly see you casted out about a 1/2 a mile and if they snag your line you can jerk their rods out of their hands or win any tug of war. Florescent yellow braided line works well.
Now no one can fish the tailwaters anymore, it’s all yours. Now cast lures in-between your lines for walleye or bass.
Be sure to put your name on your rods to make it legal in Illinois, and check your state for rules on using multiple lines for catfishing. In illinois you can use 50 rods as long as you put your name on any rod over two (rock river). Just put your name on a piece of medical tape and stick it on.
So if you have a spot that bass fisherman caught you fishing and then it became a community spot for tournament guys and getting there first won’t stop them, just use the ol’ catfish “hog the water” trick that most pro catfisherman use these days. If they still try to fish there, just call the sheriff like that idiot did to me after he moved into the area I was fishing and did this “hog the water” technique to me.
But if you’re not a jerk, just move on and never hog the water, especially areas where other people like to fish.