What happened to common courtesy?
Brad, I'm convinced that a lot of people don't look close enough and analyze what you're doing! It falls into the same category as the guy at the boat launch that can't wait his turn! A lot of people don't give a crap!! Get used to it, because I think it's getting worse year by year! They don't analyze anything around themselves!
That happened to me a couple of times on Gaenos Reef this summer. I run through trolling and pick up a couple fish on the reef and some boat comes running over and parks on the spot. I gotta teach the boy to keep the net low in the boat when netting fish.
It is not just shore vs boat any more either. I have another thing that I seem to just draw to myself. I will be running a slow drift on a point then troll back up. (yes I am an evil boat owner) and another boat will come right into my drift and dump an anchor to set slip bobbers. I has happened to me at least four times this summer. It is a huge lake and I am clearly fishing here by myself.
At least I don't run into that in the river.
The OP sounds like e genuinely nice guy. But...
I sometimes see guys cast "set" line halfway across the river. It's often hard to see how far out the lines are. Guys in drifting boats sometimes can't see the lines or assume they're not out in the middle of the river.
I've had guys holler at me angrily from the shadows at night when I had no idea they were there.
There's areas I know that are very snaggy and still mostly fishermen toss jigs from shore. That works well with drifting boats....but occasionally someone tosses 3 lines as far out as they can effectively blocking that entire dside of the river to drifting boats...but since they're moving with current and paying attention to what they themselves are doing - and expect most shore guys are casting jigs - they inevitably and quite innocently cross that one shore guy's lines.
Then there's the guys who aren't fishing "that" far out until a boat comes by. That's when they start bombing the boat with big,far-casting baits. I have shore fished next to those guys. ..The OP doesn't sound like he's got a chip on his shoulder but some of those guys do. They think boat ownership is a matter of luck,"good fortune",or even being somehow "rich" when it really is a matter of hard work,sacrifice,or priorities (boat payments are less than a pack-a-day cigaret habit,for instance)...
They simply resent fishermen who own boats. The nicer the boat,the more likely he's just "rich f'er" deserving of having big heavy spoons cast into their boats...I know that as fact as both a shore guy listening to the complaints and a boater who has sat and watched where everyone's casting. Then I've fished where no-one's fishing only to have someone angrily bounce 3/4oz jigs off my hull while yelling obscenities.
Not saying there isn't some rude SOBs out there in boats. Therec certainly are and it seems there's more every year. Just saying that if you're casting way out into the river,you're "taking" more river than just that part in front of you. The boat's drift has to be changed a hundred yards upstream and is still "wrong" for another 100yds down...and who knows? That might just be where the best stretch of clam bed is. Or maybe every other shore fisherman is casting 3/8th ox jigs and twisters and that one "soaker" is unexpected...
As both a boat and shore fisherman,I know there's times when shore fishing is far more productive. Sometimes walleyes travel closer to shore rather than out in the channel.
Three sides to every story.
...Casting three lines out into the channel and hoping for a fish is seldom the most productive way to fish. The snaggier it is,the MORE productive jig/plastic is over bait soaking....In fact,the jig/plastic guys fishing from shore derisively call those guys "soakers" and in crowded places wish it could somehow be outlawed. They "hog" too big an area of shoreline.
There are shore fishermen during the run who use two set lines - one cast upstream,the other down - to "reserve" an area. They don't even care of there's bait on those lines,only that they have a reserved area between those lines to cast a jig.
Crowded shorefishing areas have their own set of "courtesies" and broken courtesies and...for want of a better word,dramas.
To the OP - I'm curious where you fish.