I hate fishing around people, it is no fun if you ask me. Who would like fighting over small spots, bouncing in waves, having people drop an anchor right where everyone is fishing, cut you off, fish right behind you watching your every move etc., it’s frustrating and I would quit fishing if I had to put up with that all the time.
So I go scouting, not looking for hotspots like everyone else, but hard spots, spots where no one else if fishing so I can be alone and have fun without the stress. Most days are wasted without finding any fish, but just finding spots with potential is a reward in itself. It might be one of those spots to keep checking on in different water levels, water temperatures, different clarity and different times of year. There is nothing that angers me more than to have someone pile on me while I am checking one of these spots and you can bet I am furious if I finally find fish there after years of checking on it wasting time and money.
Most guys don’t look for fish, they want the for sure thing so they look for other boats or they chase rumors. They consider it scouting, going around looking for boats while out on the water or they drive to every spot on the river where they might see someone fishing and watch them with scopes. A boat goes by, you get a close look so he can get a mark on where your fishing so he can check it next time out. Then next time you go fishing there he is, or there they are when he tells everyone where he saw you.
If you are able to find fish and do ok, then everyone hates you and wants to stop you, so they tell everyone where they saw you and then everyone is fishing that spot. all those community holes where you see lots of boats fishing, they are all followers, one guy found fish there and he either bragged about it or someone saw him fishing there catching fish. I have lost so many spots I have had secret for decades and then when I swallow my anger and join in I get cut off and disrespected like I am moving in on them.