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I read all the responses to my question on "fun-fishing" spot etiquette and put together 7 "rules of etiquette for fun-fishing" that summarizes the points made in the posts. They appear to be widely held views.

Rules for "YOUR" spot:

If you tell someone of your spot and don’t ask them not to share it with others, then expect them to tell others and expect to find them and all their friends and relatives fishing your spot.

If you tell someone of your spot and do ask them not to share it with others, then expect them to tell no one but expect to find them on your spot. (Unless you tell a woman, telling them a secret is a green light to tell their friends! :roll: )

If you are aware that someone, regardless if they are a friend or acquaintance, has seen you fishing a spot, then expect to find them on the spot.

If you are aware that someone has seen you catch a fish on a spot, then expect them to join you, but also expect them to do it quietly and not too close.

Rules for SOMEONE ELSE’S spot:

If someone tells you of a spot and doesn’t ask you not to share it with others, then you can fish it and tell your friends/relatives but don’t give it up on the Internet.

If someone tells you of a spot and asks you not to share it with others, then fish it but don’t tell anyone and don’t give it up on the Internet.

If you see someone fishing a spot, or catching fish on a spot, then you can fish it later or you can quietly join them but don’t crowd them.


My confusion was I knew of other’s spots either by word of mouth or seeing them on it and stayed off of them, I expected others would do the same for me but it wasn’t happening. This likely stems from my enjoyment of finding my own fish. (Skunked, feel free to provide your own analysis of why I did this.) I’ll change my expectations of others but not necessarily my practice of staying off other’s spots. Thanks for the help everyone
 

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Rippinlips said:
Denny, you have my express written permission to fish "my" spots! I'm like you though (when it comes to fishing!). ..........I'll never forget that day last year that only you, Ken and I were dumb enough to be on Saguaro. It was that cold, rain soaked, hail hammered and 40 mph winds day. You got on some fish and left the spot to come and tell me where the bite was... and on what. That was impressive.
I figured I wouldn't need permission to fish "your" spots just like you never needed mine to fish "my" spots. Yeah, that was a great day last winter in the rain! And by the time we got back to that spot the fish had left and neither one of us caught anything. And you were impressed? Well, you're not totally like me then. (when it comes to fishing!)
 

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Skunked said:
......I know you're feeling about fishing someone's "spot". I think the best and only way to look at it is "first come - first served". ...........But these lakes are too small and have too many people on them to allow the luxury of "personal spots". I've had one or two people tell me "That's one of d a's spots over there" or "That's one of Ken's spots over there." but I've never really fished them. I have ran over them and seen what kind of structure or bottom is down there so I can look for other places on my own........ I guess I fished one of Ken's spots the other week with my nephew...............I went over there, saw where he was fishing and I stayed in a little more shallow water but I was well within talking distance. ...............At the same time, I don't want to be a thorn in anyone's side by fishing yours, Ken's, or any one else's "favorite spots" I've learned about. I fish with Jim most of the times I'm up there, but when he's not around, I just don't fish the spots he's showed me because I'm looking for my own. I fish around him for the company.
Thanks Skunked! Don't hesitate to check out what you consider "d a's" spot. You can't really learn what a spot is about just by graphing it, you have to drag that sinker around and "see" what it looks like. And heck, you don't get down here often enough to get thorny (yes that's spelled correctly, thorny). Oh, and on Monday remember if you want to fish within talking distance of me get out your bumpers.
 

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You're welcome! I guess? What's up tonite? Everytime I make a post and then check back, seems there's a reply after mine from NedO2. Following me around on the water is one thing Jack, but following me around the board too??
 
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