No matter where you go on the water, people are watching you. There is a constant stream of trucks with trailer hitches driving through boat ramps or any look out. People in houses and cabins along the river watch with spotting scopes. Some will race out there if the see you catch fish (watch out for a brown V-bottom around Big Slough). They will wait for Saturday and Sunday tournament blast offs to see if anyone fishes in their area.
People have the whole river to fish, no one owns the river. But that’s not what they want, they just want to go where the fish are biting, or where others are catching fish, most fish feed in peace because all the boats cling together like seagulls. For most it is just fine to help each other out. They hang out together, share information, like where they saw someone catch fish. That’s because most fisherman aren’t very good. No matter how good they are at catching fish, if they aren’t sitting over fish they are lost.
This week I was fishing by a mid pool boat ramp and catching a few fish. The next day there was 6 boats fighting over the area. The next day there was ten. It was a spot that no one hardly ever fishes, so I know I was being watched and talked about. I move to another area close by,. and the boats start migrating to me, pretty soon I am surround by boats again. It is a real circus over there anymore.