Fisherman – You’re Being Watched

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.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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