I had the reverse happen last Monday while in my float tube at Chatfield, as we all know a public park..
I was floating about 50 yards off shore when a "fellow angler" comes in and sets up right on shore directly in front of me when no one is anywhere else on shore nearby. I mean he could pick anywhere but sets up right where I put in and right in front of me. Okay. Seemed a little odd.
After a few passes back and forth , this shore angler threatened me because "I was too close to his lines and I was fishing where he was casting." Even though I reminded him I was in place before he got there oh, and that I was no where near his lines. He used a few choice curse words which I fired back with some of my own.
Fact --> he could not cast more than 20 yards. I made sure to stay away from where he was casting even though he aimed them at me or at least in my direction.
Fact --> I was 50 yards from shore and at least 30 yards further out than him....so his casts were landing 25-40 feet short of me.
Fact --> He threatened to throw treble hooks and attempt to pop my tube because I was in HIS spot ruining HIS fishing.
Fact --> I challenged him to share the space and told him I would move if he could cast to where I was or if he could even land one close to me. I reminded him it was a public lake.
Fact --> I caught about 30 fish in front of him....and JEALOUSY reared it's ugly side and he threatened me, threatened to try and take my tube out (WTF!? what a moron). And he cursed me out for 15 minutes.
My point is this works all ways.
If we could all accept that we all fish a little differently and show each other the respect they deserve, things would rarely get ugly.
And if the shore dude with the long grey beard at Chatty last Monday reads this,,,,,,,,,,,,,bwahahahahaha - it is a public resource which must be shared. It wasn't, isn't and will never-ever be YOUR SPOT. Oh and thanks for watching me catch all those little walleye. :-}