down to the river bright and early to avoid crowds - 3 folks at the river access I chose getting ready to go in. I was ready so I passed them and started fishing in a likely spot. They didn't like that much. First guy was a nice 10 or 12 feet upriver from me. 2nd guy about the same down river. No problem right? 3rd guy steps in 3 to 4 feet from me.
I said just a little close for casting (nobody else on the river in this spot). He get sarcastic and starts casting basically right on me. Lo and behold he hits a fish right away with his snagging gear. Naturally the fish proceeds to get tangled around my feet - the fish gets away and the hook is now in my leg. This fellow then assaults me, hitting me in the chest and trying to push me into the water.
I really think they might have been Alaskans sadly but might have been experienced "48ers". They were rigged out with HEAVY snagging baitcasters, beads on the 2 0 hooks. Nobody told me guys like this own the river....
So here is my question. How should someone handle this situation? Are you pretty much out of luck unless LE is standing right there? Do I need to bring my own gang? What happens then? Do we get out the bike chains and baseball bats?