The most crucial key element to it all, once you do find fish, if you are alone, or maybe even not alone, is to keep it low key, as in, don't give away the fact that you are just layin' into some dandies. People will be on you like flies on buska! It happens to me all too often, but sometimes, when you have a flag going off every 5 minutes, it is hard to hide the fact that you are just slayin' em. Either way, it is a roll of the dice. The majority of people WILL be all over you in a heartbeat.
Prime example: 2 yrs ago, Indian Lake. I mean those flags of ours were poppin' so hot and fresh, we just couldn't keep them in the water. Low and behold, a little while later, BAM! here come the people. I guess I do feel bad the shacks 1/4 mile a way or more were doing poorly, but it was kind of a shitty deal. Not much you can do. If you accidently drive over the intruders tip-ups, your problems will go away, for awhile anyway, maybe. Would I recommend it, well, not unless you want to be crippled up like Anderson Silva, or be missing teeth like those hockey players.
Etiquette is a must, cause you never know what kind of nice guy, like SNIPER can be, when he wants to, you might meet. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours, but you never mess with another man's rubarb, period.
If there weren't any players, there wouldn't be a game.