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Adults at Spring Lake. Opening day trout

post #1 of 36
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Anyone who fishes Spring Lake on opening day without a child should be embarassed. I see it every year.
The club puts on a fantastic event that is ruined year in and year out by adults.
Opening day I got there at 5.30. Walked at least a mile until i could find a spot,
To the left of me were 5 gentlemen with 12 rods in the water, To my right was a 20 plus kid with 5 baited rods. There was not a person under 50.
My youngest caught a beautiful 3lb Rainbow.
i will not be going back.
post #2 of 36
There's a similar derby up this way for kids. I wont even go during contest hours, well that's not true I went once during contest hours and watched my buddy hook stockies and hand his rod off to kids who werent catching and then tell them what he did. I dont get people sometimes. On the plus side, youngsters get to learn what combat fishing is all about at a young age and also learn the importance of being an ethical angler cuz I cant imagine anyone looking at such greed, not being completely turned off by it and hopefully vow to never be such a nozzle.
post #3 of 36
Karen wrote about it in her column back in '07....



post #4 of 36
I think trout season should open two days early for kids on Saturday and then open for adults on Monday
post #5 of 36
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Originally Posted by J Barbosa View Post
I think trout season should open two days early for kids on Saturday and then open for adults on Monday

I agree. I was told they do something like this for perch fishing in Chicago. When they have the best perch fishing only the kids are allowed to fish in certain areas.
post #6 of 36
Good post Scroundrel!
I poke in SL once in a while, after the opening day so never have seen it. Knowing the area, I'm surprised and disappointed. I guess folks need a wake up call.
post #7 of 36
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SRSA do an incredible job.

The only thing they lack is rules. This tournament is for kids. but it is not.
As i said prior, any adult who fishes Spring Lake on opening day should be embarassed. There arfe a FEW exeptions to this, Handicapped, Senior Citezens, etc,















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post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by J Barbosa View Post
I think trout season should open two days early for kids on Saturday and then open for adults on Monday



thats such a good idea. they do the same for deer hunting in nj and I believe even turkey. for the season to be open earlier for kids would be great. it makes me sick to hear the greediness of some people but it doesnt surprise me.
post #9 of 36
It is opening day of trout season, and it has always been crowded. A few years back, a friend got into it verbally with another fisherman. At 5am, in the dark he set up his stuff only to have someone come down to the bank and bark at him he was in "their spot". The guy was "saving" that area for his brother and father who had not arrived yet. My friend held his ground.
This type of fishing is pathetic. I think opening day should be just that. No contests, no saving spots, ect.
(IMO) If they are going to continue to have this contest in conjunction with opening day, the town/state/club should be more involved by laying some more ground rules. maybe by addressing the 3 poles spaced 5 to 10 feet apart per person (Contestent or not). No saving.And so on. If it is for the kids, make it FOR the kids.
1 year soon , it is going to get ugly. with all the garbage that happens in this world, it is only a matter of time before something really bad happens. I choose to stay away.
post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by Scoundrel View Post
Anyone who fishes Spring Lake on opening day without a child should be embarassed. I see it every year.
The club puts on a fantastic event that is ruined year in and year out by adults.
Opening day I got there at 5.30. Walked at least a mile until i could find a spot,
To the left of me were 5 gentlemen with 12 rods in the water, To my right was a 20 plus kid with 5 baited rods. There was not a person under 50.
My youngest caught a beautiful 3lb Rainbow.
i will not be going back.


I was there at 4:45 with my three boys and a buddy with his son. As with every year its a gamble to get what I feel is a place where I can have my boys fish comfortably and still be within sight of the tents and porta johns.
I set out exactly four rods, my buddy placed two and I began to set out chairs. A gentleman I met 8 years ago at the lake always comes over to chat and check on the boys. As we spoke I continued to set out chairs and my boys tackle. As the time passed a father and son arrived at 730 and ask if they could drop in between the rods. I told them that I could not tighten up anymore as there was only 4 foot between the rods as it is and the young ones would hook one another. He understood and went to the next group and ask. And so on and on. I guess I felt his frustration, but I believe if he were to have planned accordingly this whole problem would have been avoided. Over the years I have spoke to many of these older than a child people you speak of. The laws as written permit them to be there, no sour grapes. I too agree the children should get first crack on the trout statewide, but until that legislature is writen, we have to plan. As parents/teachers we sometimes have to put ourselves out, plan ahead,to insure the times spent with our children can be enjoyable. My boys sleep in the truck till about 715 every year, they ask me to wake them only to share the sunrise and drop back to sleep. I had one father ask me to remove some rods as I had six in front of me.This was at 7 am. He didn't realize that my boys were behind him sleeping. Perception is not reality.
Beleive it or not those older gentlemen you speak of have alot of knowledge and our children can learn alot from them. Its hard to hate on someone that loves the very thing your teaching your children to enjoy and charish, unfortunately we will all be there one day, sitting at our little honey hole watching other children learning the ropes and thinking back to the days when ours were still little and missing it.
post #11 of 36
How about the guys that put on the waders and wade out into the lake to be in front of everyone? Thats class! $400 waders, $200 Gloomis trout stick with Ci4 500, Orvis vest filled to the nines simply to jump in front of a bunch of kids in a stocked lake.



I swear I wonder where some people's dignity has gone.
post #12 of 36
My club has been running the trout contest for kids only a few years really in the grand scope of things...Lots of folks been lining that lake on opening day for many years now.They believe they get some sort of right of passage.I understand it.I don't really agree with it.Opening day is a big event where ever it takes place..
The thing is you could go there the next day an there might be
50-100 people fishing the lake.I guess they figured all of em where caught.
They all wanna be part of something special.There dream is to win that big fish lottery.Ha,Ha I got here at 3:30am..."Winning"
"Grown UP" folks who nudge kids out of fishing spots are a special breed IMO.
Troubled sorts who have very low self esteem and need to feel big among a horde of children.They somehow have missed out on all the true lessons the sport has to offer.With all the club does it's a shame I have to hear of stories like this every year.
Scoundrel,I am sorry if your day was ruined because of these people.
If you want to come back next year with your kids I will go there early myself to secure a spot for ya.You should not miss out on the opportunity to share with them the real meanings of the sport and the lessons of life that come with it.
post #13 of 36
It is public land and anybody can fish it! Next year the contest may be held before opening day for the kids only, as was brought up at one of the meetings we had I hope this happens so that way no adults can fish that day.have to run that by the gov. authorities first
post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by NIB View Post
Scoundrel,I am sorry if your day was ruined because of these people.
If you want to come back next year with your kids I will go there early myself to secure a spot for ya.You should not miss out on the opportunity to share with them the real meanings of the sport and the lessons of life that come with it.


That is a nice gesture...i would promise to do the same next year for someone...i don't mind getting up early to hold a spot for a kid to keep some retarded animal away. If its that much of a problem every year perhaps it should be brought up by our club for next years tourney.
post #15 of 36
this could be a new thing calling nibs instead of dibs. "i call nibs on that spot!" place a full size cardboard cutout along the bank and go get some coffee
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