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Old 07-04-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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what is the rules and laws on a reef.like if i was at public reef and they just came up there and anchor out and started diving?
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Not really a law, it all about common courtesy and respect for each other. We all have to share the same reefs. If you are on a spot and divers roll over the side they know the risks of the dive.
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If the reef is big enough for 2-3 fishing boats, then it should not be a problem for a couple of divers to have 30 minutes on the reef before moving on. There are many more fishing vessels than diving....and they may sit on one spot for most of the day...vs the short time required by a dive vessel.
If we divers were to only dive spots without fisherman, we would have to give up the sport.....especially during ARS season
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was not meaning law against a diver.just wanted to make sure its not like the beach. like you cant fish to close.just wanted to make sure that i would not get ticketed if i stayed on or wanted to fish where they where.
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There's no law that says you can't Dive OR Fish any set distance from a diver or Fisherman. It just says to proceed at a slow rate of speed when approaching a diver. And likewise for a Fisherman. Those spots were put down for everyone to use however they see fit to use them. And remember some of those dive trips were set up weeks in advance to go to those exact spots. Get use to mixing with divers. Just today I went to the I-10 bridge rubble and a fisherman got mad because I was going to dive it. Well I dove it and he caught more fish while I was in the water than before. And I had just run 17 miles in a 2 ft chop and I wasn't going to go some where else after that pounding I took to get to a PUBLIC spot.
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again i meant know harm.just asking the rules/laws.sorry to offend anyone.
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There's no law that says you can't Dive OR Fish any set distance from a diver or Fisherman. It just says to proceed at a slow rate of speed when approaching a diver. And likewise for a Fisherman. Those spots were put down for everyone to use however they see fit to use them. And remember some of those dive trips were set up weeks in advance to go to those exact spots. Get use to mixing with divers. Just today I went to the I-10 bridge rubble and a fisherman got mad because I was going to dive it. Well I dove it and he caught more fish while I was in the water than before. And I had just run 17 miles in a 2 ft chop and I wasn't going to go some where else after that pounding I took to get to a PUBLIC spot.
Thanks for your rational and well spoken position statement. Your comment regarding better, not worse, fishing action is also noted and will, hopefully, begin to dispel the myth that divers 'ruin the bite'. Also, thanks for standing up and diving your site of choice. You are well respected on this forum in my view, and your stance regarding equal access to public sites is also likely to be respected. Thanks.
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Our bubble watcher(s) always say the bite picks up when we're in the water. If the bites not so hot when we anchor up they're practically pushing us overboard.

Don't buy into the myth!
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what is the rules and laws on a reef.like if i was at public reef and they just came up there and anchor out and started diving?
I dont think there is much for laws about it. You can fish there and they can dive there at the same time. It doesn't matter who was there first. The laws just say to go slow around a vessel displaying a dive flag so you don't hit the diver with your boat.
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I read on the fwc site that your not supose to fish within 300ft of where divers are down. If you fishing there first they are not suppose to dive within 300ft of where you are fishing. Here's the link: http://www.myfwc.com/boating/boating-regulations/#nogo
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