That was one of the best arse kickings I’ve seen and that includes many evenings of watching MMA. There were a few punches thrown and a couple of head bounces off a big rock too. I was surprised that the guy was able to get up and run when he got the chance.
That all happened on a weekday morning and there were few people around which is rare for Shoto during the steelhead run. I was the only person fishing below the bridge in the rapids. After the may lay ended, the guy who handed out the beating walked down by me and washed off his face in the river. He had a bloody nose from the other guy’s sucker punch which started the whole thing. The guy was shaking. I don’t remember his exact words but he was freaked out by what he had just done and realized how close he may have come to killing the other guy. He honestly felt remorse for what had just happened but said that he just went into auto-mode as soon as he got punched.
A sheriff’s deputy showed up a few minutes later. Two of my buddies gave a statement since they were closer to the event than I and heard the verbal exchange before the fight broke out. A coworker of mine at the time claimed to have known the deputy and said that disorderly conduct fines were given to the two instigators and the guy on shore was not given any citations since he only reacted after he was punched. I can’t verify if that’s true but if it was, justice was served.
I’m not condoning violence but apparently some folks need to learn etiquette the hard way.
I was envisioning what this must have been like: was holding the other guy's head under the water while he repeatedly kept kicking him in his side.
My only regret is I wasn't there to see it and that others deserving of such a whooping rarely get it.
I was fishing once and a boater went way too close to the pier and really angered a guy on the pier. The guy on the pier picked up his stuff and said he was going to the boat launch to wait for the boater. I don't think anything happened, but it made me laugh because the guy could've launched out of Two Rivers or another marina.
I also know guys who keep a 3 oz lure that is designed specifically to cut lines if a boater gets too close. I am surprised that hasn't lead to a few fights.
Although ironically mine happened at Mishicot (Shoto's little brother haha). I was casting spinners right along the dam, casting from the rocks right next to the concrete ramp thingy (so I was casting parallel with the dam). He wades right where I was casting to float yarn eggs.
I tried to speak up but he couldn't hear me over the dam noise (or he pretended not to). I wouldn't get into a fist fight over a fishing spot, but if he hits me first, it's good night for him
I watched that happen at the Shoto Dam a number of years ago. There were two guys that went and stood in a hole that a guy on shore was fishing. He politely asked them to move. The second time he asked he wasn't so polite. One of the guys sucker punched the guy on shore and all hell broke loose. The guy on land must have just seen red and went off on the guy that punched him. His buddy ran away and left him to get his arse thoroughly kicked. I honestly thought that I was going to witness a murder. The guy who was formerly on shore was holding the other guy's head under the water while he repeatedly kept kicking him in his side. He finally came to and let the guy out of the water. Of course, the two bozo's that started it all ran to a house and called the cops.
That wasn't you on shore, was it?
Then, a fly fisherman wades literally right where I was casting, and stopped there. Right where I was casting. Had I not stopped, I would've hooked him. It's one thing to walk through (still a bad thing to do, but forgivable) but to walk right in the line of where I am casting, and just stay there, is 100% jerk behavior.
I try to be respectful and stay out of people's way (I won't fish shoulder to shoulder), so when people do that to me I get real pissed.