RE: Menendez files complaint This is an issue that needs to be addressed, as it is very common. I don't think most anglers know what their rights are on the water in regard to "angler harassment." I believe in most cases anglers confronted by dock owners simply move on and avoid confrontation.
On the exact same day that Mark Menendez had his experience on the St. Lawrence, I witnessed a similar experience on my home water, Chautauqua Lake. There was a College Series tournament here this weekend. I witnessed two college anglers being shouted at and threatened by a dock owner. The comments ranged from, "Don't you dare hit my boat, and learn to control your equipment", to "I'll get my BB gun out and shoot you." The college anglers never replied to the man, they simply moved on to the next dock and called the county sheriffs department, whose marine patrol boat responded within minutes. I know they spoke to the man at his home, but do not know the outcome.
This and the Menendez incident have given me a new outlook on how to handle these situations. I have been confronted many, many times by dock owners on Chautauqua Lake, as have other anglers in my local B.A.S.S. chapter. We've been shouted at and had rocks thrown at us. Once a guy came out and dropped a length of framed chicken wire off the end of his dock to prevent me from skipping under it, while others simply start up their boat motors to scare the fish around the dock. A buddy of mine even had someone stand on the end of his dock and smack the water violently with a boat paddle.
Mark Menedez's recent experience and the way he handled it, along with his commitment to pursue it legally, should be an inspiration to any and all bass anglers who've been harassed by dock owners on public waters. I hope that you and your website give this matter more attention in the future.