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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.

Some of those boats were pros too. The pro I was with knew them and they were talking about fishing back and forth. Then we started fishing. I was using a Charlie Twitchin Shad, Salt and Pepper and threw my lure out. I only fished a couple of minutes and hard my first bass. The pro hadn't caught anything yet. I kept fishing and within a few more minutes had another bass. Then I caught my 3rd and my 4th bass. I heard the pro say something but I didn't understand what he said and kept fishing. I kept on fishing. Pretty soon he said something else. I said, "You're going to have to speak up because I can't hear you". He said, "I can't believe you're doing this". I said," Doing what?" He said, "I was nice enough to bring you here, we're in my boat and you have caught 4 bass and I have caught none". Well, I thought he was just joking around. So, I said jokingly, "Well, I give bass fishing lessons every Tuesday". I found out he wasn't joking fast. Now I was upset because he was fishing like he was in competition and I was just fishing and having fun. Once I found out he was serious and took all his fishing seriously and was truly upset because I caught 4 bass and he caught none, I quit trying to catch anything. I wasn't having fun anymore. I didn't want to be there in his boat or even with him.

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.

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Every river is divided into sections called a beat. A beat is determined by who owns the land on either side of the river. The landowners are known as riparian owners which means that they own the land or river bank that runs alongside the river and own the fishing rights (providing they haven't sold or leased out the rights). The size of a beat can be as small as a kilometer or up to 4 or 5 kilometers long depending on the size of the estate the river runs through.

Although there is no national rod licence required to fish in Scotland as there is in England you do need a permit to fish for salmon. Permits are issued on a daily basis by the individual beat owners and are bookable in advance. All beats issue a maximum number of daily permits which is usually restricted to 6 or 8 depending on the size of the beat. Permit prices vary quite considerably depending on the river, quality of the beat and the time of year. For the first six or seven months of the season permits can be from as little as ₤ 20.00 per day up to ₤ 75.00 per day. The main salmon runs traditionally start in early August and last right through to the end of the season in October so permit prices start to rise quite considerably from August onwards.

The Dee is renowned for being one of the best spring salmon rivers in Scotland particularly on the lower beats in February and March and as the season progresses into April and May, salmon can be found on most of the river. The summer months produce some excellent salmon fishing throughout the system right up to the close of season in Mid October. The fishing is fly fishing only and owing to conservation measures introduced in the mid 1990's to counteract decreasing spring salmon numbers a strictly catch and release policy was introduced throughout the season. The season is from the 1st of February until the 15th of October.