I was excited, I was on my way to Lake Okeechobee for the first time to fish for bass with a pro that came into my tackle store a lot. My heart was racing all the way to the lake. I couldn't wait to get there. All the Pro and I did was talk about the fishing there the whole trip. He had fished there many times, but this was my first time of fishing at this lake. We unloaded the boat and launched into a canal and headed towards the main part of the lake. The pro handed me goggles and I was wondering why I needed goggles. It didn't take long to figure out why I needed them. We got to the end of the canal and off we went, full throttle at about 90 miles am hour. We were in the middle part of the lake and all of a sudden we saw other boats and we were headed right towards them. We keep getting closer and closer and when we got within 50 feet the motor went off and we drifted right to the other boats.
We hardly even talked the rest of the time he was fishing. After several hours, he had caught 4 bass and was in a better mood but still a little upset. I wasn't happy at all and just wanted to go home. We fished for a few more hours. We'll I just had my line in the water not really trying to catch anything. I had enough of catching fish. I had enough of him too. Now it was time to go home and I was happier then so off we went at 90 miles per hour and quit going that fast when we got the canal. We loaded the boat and was on our way home which I was glad to be going. All the way home we hardly said a word. We finally got there and I said to him, "You know I like you as a person but please don't ask me again to go fishing". I said, "You just to serious about this for me, I quit fishing tournaments a long time ago and went fishing just to relax and have some fun". So, we parted ways and left it at that. I just couldn't believe he acted like that. He spoiled my day for sure.
Now here is what he should have done. I offered him some Twitchin Shads because he didn't have any he said. He should have watched my technique since he hadn't caught any bass at all and I had caught 4. Once he saw my technique he could have used it on a lot of lures and caught more fish but since he was a pro he knew it all already apparently. He missed a chance to learn something new and missed out on catching bass because he wasn't there to learn anything, he was there to fish. He didn't want the other pros that were there to see me catch bass while he caught nothing. Instead of learning a technique that could have helped him even in tournaments he just ignored what I was doing. Like so many other Pros he didn't want anyone to know he didn't know everything about fishing.
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