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Here this past month we have received multiple reports from kayak anglers while fishing Table Rock Lake reports of boat fisherman cussing. screaming, waking kayak anglers, and even casting across the kayak while they are fishing a bank, a boater pulls up and is upset that they are there.  Table Rock Lake does not belong to just boat fisherman and kayak anglers have the right to fish just as much as the other guy. Where is the good sportsmanship?  Had another report just this morning that a boater cussed at a kayak angler because he was on a point that he wanted to fish making reference to him being a @#&*ing kayak angler.  Pretty sure that it was part of the highschool club tournament this weekend with a young kid in the back of the boat. Way to go guys let's show them how to be good sportsman.  

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I always love to watch how parents model for their children. A few weeks ago there was a HS tourney out of Eagle Rock. Let's just say I sure am glad I don't teach any of the children of the parents I encountered that day.

As for kayakers on the lake - I love to see them and I try not to wake them. The ones with green or camo craft should put up a warning flag, though.

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Met a kayaker 2 weeks ago on Smithville.  Pulled in to fish a large pocket, noticed he was on one side, I fished the other and stayed out of his way.  Yes, they do have as much right to the water as all of us.  You might also want to remember they are providing their own power to control the kayak.  What bothers me the most is the increase in lack of courtesy not only on the water, but in every day life.  People these days seem to have a overly large sense of self entitlement.  It seems to be all about "me" and forget you, get out of my way.  I teach public school, so I have seen this growing more and more in my 22 years of teaching.  Personally, I feel we as a people are losing our ability to enjoy and appreciate all the little things in life that pass us by on a daily basis.

Don Rogers

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The guys that have been sharing these incidents are regulars in the shop and are good respectable guys that won't encroach on anyone fishing an area whether they are kayak anglers or boaters.  It just has become quite frequent lately on Table Rock with boaters getting upset that the kayak is there first fishing before they get there.  We try very hard to get guys to pick up and install the safety equipment such as flags, light poles, and lighting kits and we carry all that in the shop.  With us being the first shop of our kind in the area that offers these products specifically for kayak anglers, we are trying to build a responsible community of kayak anglers.  And if there are ever any reports of someone either wearing our shirts or has our stickers on their yaks showing unsportsmanlike conduct please let me know and I will address it within our community.  We are avid fisherman just like the rest of the individuals on this forum, we just choose to use kayaks.  

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I doubt it was a high school tournament if the kid was fishing from the back. I believe they usually run the trolling motor while the chaperone drives the boat.

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I doubt it was a high school tournament if the kid was fishing from the back. I believe they usually run the trolling motor while the chaperone drives the boat.

It very well could not have been, but the boater was wearing a Jersey and had plenty of decals on the boat.  Either way it was definitely uncalled for and not a very good example for the young one.  

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As with most things these days there are good and bad examples.  I have seen some bad examples, but I wanted to share a good example that happened to me last weekend during our kayak tournament on Table Rock.  I was fishing a cove and a bass boat with a couple guys pulled up.  At first I was a little caught off guard and thought I was about to be encroached on, but the guys in the boat were very friendly as we chatted for a moment about how fishing was going and then one of the guys was nice enough to give me 4 War Eagle white slabs to use on a future outing.  They were both very courteous and respected the area I was fishing and vice versa.  Great sportsmanship and a great example of how we can all share this huge lake we are blessed to fish.

That's one thing I love about this forum most of the time is the great sportsmanship that is shown on here and how everyone is willing to share.  I have learned a ton from visiting here and look forward to continually learning and sharing my experiences.

Good Fishing!

Tyy

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Tyy I agree.  I brought this up because it seems to be happening more frequently and I knew that the majority would reply with positive comments.  I just hope that some of the minority also reads these posts and realize that we are anglers just like the rest of them.  I don't want to hear of an accident on the lake between a bass boat and a fishing kayak or any boat and any kayak for that matter.  

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I have one guy come around our boat-dock most every day, fishes the slips & there has never been a problem. Will gladly accept the KYAKERS any day over the " MORONS ON THE JET SKIS " !!!!!!!

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