Originally Posted by Scoundrel
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.