Ok, here we go. Time to air some grievances. I went fishing at Diefenbaker a few weeks ago. I put some time in to find a decent fishing hole, asked some friends, read some old forums... thought I had a decent place nailed down. I got up at 4:00am to make it to the Dief before the sun came up. Beautiful morning, no one on the lake yet. Drilled some holes before my parents showed up and got to fishing. Couple bites in the morning, nothing major, one decent trout on the ice. Parents show up, we set up their pop up shack about 30 yards from mine, then the traffic starts arriving. "Any luck?" "Any bites?" "How's the fishing?" This one is a minor peeve, I am guilty of it myself, fishermen are a curious breed and love to build optimism by seeing other people catch fish. I generally tell people if I have had a few bites, but don't usually brag if I have caught some fish.
Then comes the thing I hate most about fishing, probably the ONLY thing I hate about fishing. I can deal with tangled line, cold weather, rain, sleet, snow, no bites, hooks in body parts, stuck, even a buddy heater starting on fire. I'm ok with all of that, comes with the adventure. What I am not ok with is when someone drives out on the ice, stops 10 or 20 yards from where I am set up, and starts drilling holes. It's a BIG lake everybody! With LOTS of identical structure! On this fateful day, not only do these people set up on top of us, they set up BETWEEN our shacks, they even go to the point of putting their tip ups in holes WE dug!!!! Some people's children I swear to god! So we goes up and asks them, are we onto something here? Did we inadvertently set up on the hottest spot on this GIANT prairie lake? Is my group fishing the exact spot your family has successfully pulled trophies out of for generations? And they reply, " Naw, we usually just come out and see where people are fishing and set up next to them." Ughhh. People are stupid. Just because someone is fishing, dosen't mean there are any more fish in that spot than there are 100 yards down the shore. I go fishing for peace and quiet, not to meet people, especially people that lack common sense. Anyway, that's my rant. If it keeps one person from drilling holes right next to someone else or parking their boat 20 yards in front of someone shore fishing (a spot he had to hike to, by the way), then it has done it's job. Let the peanut gallery begin!