EDITOR'S NOTE: Warning foul language in the video. Sources confirmed the men were not employees of the marina but were working on a roof at the marina when the altercation began.
[UPDATE: Aug 29, 2019 8:17 AM CST] This is one of the craziest confrontations we've seen involving anglers and two men in a johnboat trying to force the bass fishermen out of a marina with their boat. It was originally alleged in the original post that these men might be workers at the marina but the marina owner confirmed on Thursday that they are not employees. Jacob Russell, who filmed the video and whose boat was being damaged, said the men were working on the roof of the marina and started throwing nails and cursing at the anglers demanding they leave. He has additional videos that corroborated the story. More details are coming in from authorities and we'll post those as we get them as well as the full account from Russell directly.
We first saw the video on professional angler Zack Birge's instagram account. Jacob Russell and an unidentified friend were fishing on Ft. Cobb Lake in Oklahoma near the golf course marina when they were rammed multiple times, pushed into a nearby dock and harassed and threatened by two angry, irrational men in an aluminum boat. Russell's boat sustained damage in the altercation. The two men were interviewed by police later, the police were shown the video but no arrests were made.
Oklahoma's Wildlife Code states the following:
Title 29. Game and Fish. Chapter 1. Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Code. Article V. Game. Part 2. Hunting Provisions. § 5-212. Obstruction of shooting, hunting, fishing and trapping prohibited--Landowner's rights--Penalties--Exemptions
A. A person may not willfully obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of shooting, hunting, fishing or trapping in this state. Provided, that nothing in this section shall prohibit a landowner or lessee from exercising their lawful rights of prohibiting hunting, fishing or trapping on their land, or any other legal right.
B. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).
C. Any person convicted of violating this section shall be liable to the person to whom they interfered with for all costs and damages resulting therefrom. If said person holds an Oklahoma hunting, fishing or trapping license at the time of conviction, such license shall be revoked.
D. This section of law shall not prevent a game warden from performing his enforcement duties and any Department of Wildlife Conservation employee from performing his duties in working with the sportsmen of this state.