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FastEddyFastEddy Posts: 85 Deckhand
The guys & gal at Salt Strong just did a good little discussion show/podcast about fishing etiquette.
Figured I'd share -it's always a good topic. It's definitely worth a watch for especially for newbies.


Does anyone have any recent stories on the topic? 


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  • 10kman10kman Posts: 814 Officer
      In 10k area,we are overwhelmed with SeaDoo's, and crafts
    with 25hp engines that come zipping thru calm areas
    we fish.So far that little we can do about it,since they feel
    they are entitled to do whatever since we are in state/federal
    waters.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 15,402 AG
    Rule #1-  Forget all etiquette when you get to the ramp saturday morning.    That has been my experience.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • tagtag Posts: 9,139 Admiral
    Reminds me of one time when I decided to drop anchor in the river to do some bottom fishing. After an hour or so some nitwit saw me catch a fish and decided to pull up behind me and drop his anchor 3 feet directly aft of my transom as I was screaming ****! 

    A mile wide and miles long river and he had to anchor right where I was fishing. Unbelievable. 


  • poncedoradoponcedorado Posts: 540 Officer
    Such a complicated & touchy topic. It's great that folks are getting out and enjoying the water, but man is it annoying when they do it in the same place I'm doing it. And of course I know they think the exact same thing when they pull up to a spot and see me already there.

    I've tried to adjust my mindset that when I'm fishing a popular spot like the jetty for example, think of it as a public/social thing and just be friendly & helpful with the other boats will inevitably show up and start fishing closeby. It's not my secret spot, nor is it theirs, so if I still want to fish there just share and be careful not to get each other's lines tangled. If I want more peace and quiet, I'll go run down the beach a few miles and look for bait pods or tarpon. 

    However in my area, the crowds have gotten so crazy that you almost can't fish inshore on a nice weekend day.

    Also I'd propose a deal- the gov't can take my guns as long as they also get rid of jet skis, tubers, and parasailers. 
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 3,242 Captain
    As an offshore kayaker angler, there are times when boaters will deliberately steer right at me, only turning at the last moment to maximize the wake I have to deal with.  One of my worst experiences was when a dive boat drove off leaving divers down unattended.  Once the dive boat left, I went back over to the spot( which I had been fishing before the dive boat infringed on me) thinking it was safe to fish.  The next thing I notice is lots of bubbles coming up.  So I started pedaling out of there, but one of the divers decided to cut my downrigger off costing me about $75 in gear.
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,600 Captain
    It has gotten worse this past year or 2. 
    All the newbies have no clue. 1 of many stories, Was fishing in the 10k islands. Fishing 1 of many small island points when a boat come across the entire bay and starts fishing right in front of me. I literally asked the guy **** are you doing? He replied theres enough water for everyone. I said yeah so why the **** you cut me off?
    Idiots!
    Jason :USA
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,385 Officer
    I've given up on trying to understand the rude unthinking behavior of others so intent on catching anything that they'll get in your space and not think anything of it. Happens every time I anchor up. I just continue to catch fish while they become more frustrated by the moment. Eventually they leave. Basically a statement on our culture today.
  • swampdogswampdog Central FloridaPosts: 2,734 Captain
    A rude person in traffic or anywhere else will take his rude behavior to the water or the woods. I do not understand why people lack basic civility.
  • Fisherman007Fisherman007 Tampa BayPosts: 101 Deckhand
    Drive through right where I'm fishing all the time.  I have charter guides pull up right next to me all the time.
  • MulletMaster239MulletMaster239 Southwest FloridaPosts: 873 Officer
    I had a recent googan encounter earlier in the week it was excessive bad form on their part but I won’t put them out there like that and get into details.  Much of the time they mean no harm at all they just really don’t know any better.  It’s one thing if it’s someone who is new to the game just learning, and an entirely whole other deal when it’s someone who fancies themself some sort of fishing guru and they have hundreds of dollars of trendy expensive gear on hand.  

    The newcomers I help them out I’ll tell em whatever they ask me on the bridges and beaches.  Particularly if it’s some guy out with his kids for the day.  Got to reach the kids early on before they get brainwashed by the thousands of Youtube ‘gurus‘ and show them the basics and fundamentals that’s all that is needed rather than amazon links to megabucks worth of trendy junk that surely ain’t going to land a big fish off a bridge.
  • BooBooBooBoo Vero Beach Fl and Ft. Lupton ColoradoPosts: 184 Deckhand
    Excellent post mulletmaster! Cracks me up to see a guy dress like a race car driver to go catch a bass. Horn **** in hunting is another one. 
    Its not the arrow.... it’s the Indian!  Oh wait.... can I say Indian......?
  • TheSuperApeTheSuperApe Posts: 19 Deckhand
      The funniest thing about it all is they’re all dressed like they’re horrified of the sun, 
    This always cracks me up. Couple hundred dollars worth of clothing with colors corresponding to their yeti coolers and accesories haha.
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,523 Admiral
    My story probably isn't unique, but still found it scary.  

    I was fishing Hog Island, around the bend.  A bunch of young kids come from the backside of the island going at least 20 mph, if not 30 mph.  Didn't see us around the bend and darn near T-boned us.  Good lord I could have died that day.  The water is skinny, why in the **** they were going that fast is beyond me.  Stupid kids.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • GotseaGotsea Posts: 832 Officer
    Rule #1-  Forget all etiquette when you get to the ramp saturday morning.    That has been my experience.

    That is the reason I don't get close to any boat ramp on weekends :#  
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 15,402 AG
    Gotsea said:
    Rule #1-  Forget all etiquette when you get to the ramp saturday morning.    That has been my experience.

    That is the reason I don't get close to any boat ramp on weekends :#  
    If I could retire and fish on a Wednesday i'd do it.  I can only go when i'm not workin.   
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • poncedoradoponcedorado Posts: 540 Officer
    Rather than travel, I often use my vacation days to simply fish my home waters on weekdays. Way better experience than weekends
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 15,402 AG
    Rather than travel, I often use my vacation days to simply fish my home waters on weekdays. Way better experience than weekends
    I agree i took a vacation day back in March and fished on a Friday and it was magical.  got to the ramp at 700, left the boat in the water and drove back to the bait shop for chum and i was still by myself when i got back.  easy in, easy out, caught fish.   It was perfect.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • Bigfish5Bigfish5 Posts: 449 Deckhand
    Jet skis and pontoon boats.   You have young ***holes and old ***holes.  
    I plan to buy a Seadoo fish pro one of these days and i am going to be an old ***hole since that is what is expected of me!     :)

    The amount of people on the water these days is dang near ridiculous.   The intercoastal looks like I95 up here in NE Florida every weekend.
  • Bigfish5Bigfish5 Posts: 449 Deckhand
    I could write an entire book on googans and the antics I’ve seen.  They’re mostly entertaining if anything.  When I see a bunch of dudes all decked out in the same fishing costume, with the same exact 3000 spin reels, same exact floats, same exact color of hi vis braid, same exact truck, same boat, same saltlife decal, I can’t help but smile.  The funniest thing about it all is they’re all dressed like they’re horrified of the sun, meanwhile their lady has on next to nothing, just some fanny floss and maybe a pink saltlife ha

    Yes, what is the deal with all these guys wearing the long sleeve shirts, and bandanas over their face covered up like they work at 3 mile island.   To me it is a simple case of monkey see monkey doo!     They see the guy on youtube doing it so they want to look all PRO or something.    It is hard to take that guy very serious.   and yes, i do think it looks stupid.   but I am old and hate everyone so there you go!   
  • bigfinn35bigfinn35 Sarasota/VenicePosts: 891 Officer
    Agree on the clothing side- I like the long shirts and buffs because I just stay cooler and less sweaty with them on, which makes a long day of fishing that much better (especially on a calm day of bottom fishing offshore in the summer). That said, the Salt Life stereotypes have certainly tainted that whole look a bit. Can't stand that brand solely because of how popular it is with the googans and snowbirds at this point.
    Paddle faster, I hear banjo music.
  • FastEddyFastEddy Posts: 85 Deckhand
    bigfinn35 said:
    Agree on the clothing side- I like the long shirts and buffs because I just stay cooler and less sweaty with them on, which makes a long day of fishing that much better (especially on a calm day of bottom fishing offshore in the summer). That said, the Salt Life stereotypes have certainly tainted that whole look a bit. Can't stand that brand solely because of how popular it is with the googans and snowbirds at this point.

    Salt Life & Columbia PFG tech-shirts - the beaches are filled with them these days. lol :smile:



  • FastEddyFastEddy Posts: 85 Deckhand
    Salt Life & Columbia PFG tech-shirts - the beaches are filled with them these days. lol :smile:
  • MulletMaster239MulletMaster239 Southwest FloridaPosts: 873 Officer
    BooBoo said:
    Excellent post mulletmaster! Cracks me up to see a guy dress like a race car driver to go catch a bass. Horn **** in hunting is another one. 
    Its not the arrow.... it’s the Indian!  Oh wait.... can I say Indian......?
    Dress like a race car driver to catch a bass ROTFL 😆😂😆 

    I can understand if people want to keep the sun off em but there’s no way I’m going to buy specific trendy brand name outfits just to fish in.  If I don’t come home filthy, wet, sandy, sweaty, and tired then my outing was likely a tremendous failure. And failure surely happens, but I am still likely coming back filthy and tired. 

    But what always baffled me is dude will be out in the boat wrapped up like a muslim lady, while his chick only has on a pair of fanny floss.  Oh well, guess that’s better than the other way around.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 15,402 AG
    I also have one of those big straw hats too.   but don't use it much on the boat it gets in the way more for floating around the pool.  Wife covers up too for the most part but she likes sunblock more than i do
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,523 Admiral
    My wife covers up as well.  We have seen too many older family members deal with cancel.  Even my kids have long sleeve swimsuits.  

    It just is the smart thing to do.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
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