RE: Balog on Ike's column At lakes Mead and Mohave, I see a fair number of tournaments each year from local to regional organizations and a couple times a year national (U.S. Open). These are big bodies of water with fluctuating water levels. To me, a big numbers tournament is purely an aggravation. I try to avoid fishing on those days.
Personally, I don't think it's courteous to follow the tournament guys around ... even when they are practicing. Seems to make them upset even if you fish behind them, like might happen in crowded California water. Doing that leads to a weak mindset, especially if you do catch a nice sack off someone's spot because you have no "skin in the game." With money on the line, you will fish differently.
I don't think it's a good habit to be waypointing people's spots, either, because you should be honing your own skill at finding fish. Even if you had someone's consistent waypoint your approach angle and presentation are just as critical. I don't care if they waypoint me because I know they will be gone in a couple days. The spot might replenish and conditions will change.
On the other hand, I've had tournament competitors run past me on plane, jump the bank and set down 50 yards away. That kind of behavior pisses me off. Those people I might follow around for half an hour; with the home lake advantage I can often catch bass behind them, which pisses them off and erodes their confidence ... price of hubris.
If I find myself on a milk run meeting another boat, I'll ask if it's a derby situation. If so I'll abandon the spot or share with the guy who paid money to play.