"I love mankind, it's people I hate."-Charlie Brown. I say that in light of the last time I hit the lake. My neighbor got a nice jon boat and he graciously lets me use it. So last time I took it out, I invited my bud along. We were going after bass and crappie. I know the best spot on the lake for crappie, however I'm not alone. Anyone who fishes crappie on our lake knows this spot. It's right off a residential road and has open access from the shore. People drive in and fish it all the time, though they're not supposed to as it's a private lake. I don't have any real problem with that so long as they respect the lake and don't crowd it. Now it being a private lake, the Lake Association decided that you had to have a sticker on your boat showing you have permission to use the lake. The sticker is some ridiculous annual fee- $50. For a sticker. Even if you live ON the water. So me and my bud are catching a few bass on the way to the crappie spot. There's not another boat in sight, and its a beautiful day. My neighbor didn't have a sticker on the boat as he had just gotten it. Of course I would be able to explain this to anyone who asked about it, not a big deal I figured, as I had permission from a landowner and the boat owner. Besides, we're minding our own business. We worked the bank all the way up to the crappie spot, i was throwing a rooster tail and just tearing the bream up. Got a bass on it too. Now the whole time we're workin our way up the bank, a man on the shore of this crappie spot is watching us. He was catching lots of crappie. About when we reach the crappie spot, a family pulled up for a picnic. Nice setting, right? Well I started to notice the man watching us intently. Suddenly he yelled at the top of his lungs (we're maybe 30ft from him...) "HEY! WHY YALL AINT GOT NO STICKER ON YOUR BOAT??" I was startled by his tone. "Well sir, my neighbor lets me use this boat, and he's just gotten it and he has no sticker yet." That wasn't good enough for him. "YOU KIDS CAN'T BE ON THIS LAKE WITHOUT A STICKER! I'LL CALL THE POLICE AND HAVE YOU ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING!!!" This I found funny. What I didn't find funny was how he was yelling angrily at two good ole boys just tryin to have a good time fishing, in front of children picnicking. I said, "Well, sir, I'd be glad to explain to the police why I have no sticker. This is a legally registered boat in the State of Alabama and I have permission from the landowner to use it." This set him off. "DON'T BE A SMARTASS WITH ME!" Now, I am extremely displeased. He's cussin in front of children. I say, "Excuse me, sir, but I'm not the one cursing in front of children, and you don't have to yell." He's ticked now. "WELL YOU'RE GETTING UNDER MY SKIN!" Me: "Sir, I haven't touched you. We're just two good kids tryin' to enjoy our fishing trip, and you've done a great job of ruining it. Here's my father's phone number ___-____, and the boatowner's name is _____. If you have something to say you can say it to them. Now y'all have a nice day." I got his name, and we left. I kept my cool, as hard as it was. But oh boy, was I ANGRY. This man has nothing better to do with his time than to pick on a couple of good kids having a good time, minding our own business, being no trouble to nobody! Not only did he attack us for no reason, but all of that in front of a family picnicking! He cursed in front of children trying to have a good time, and that's just not right. I talked to a friend of mine who lives on that man's side of the lake, and he said when he first put in, the same guy gave them a hard time about the sticker. My friend didn't even know about the sticker. Sorry for the long post, but I had some venting to do. Ya know, in today's society, kids my age get involved in activities that could get them in jail or worse. And what was I doing? Fishing. Minding my own business. What a jerk.