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Old 06-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I'm a fairly new angler in the FWB area. Had a situation the other day that I need clarification on.
Went fishing Last weekend and was drift fishing around the Deborah, and Angelina B. As all fishing goes it seems like nobody is around until you start fishing a spot. Then boats come from everywhere to join you. Fact of life I, I got it. So I'm Drift fishing, make a couple of good passes to mark the fish/wreck and Find my start and end points. We make a few good passed before boat #2 shows up. I'm not stingy, and I don't own the number... The guy in my eyes was cool. He pretty much fell in on my drift pattern and we both fished the spot well at comfortable distances. Then Boat #3 shows up Get in line with us and makes a drifting pass, and on his second pass I line up behind him and I notice this dude is going in reverse and is trying to hover over the wreck now. I notice we are getting to close now and yell out are you drifting or backing up. This arse says he's drifting yet fumbling with his throttle. I can see him. I'm not stupid, but I don't need any accidents either I end up getting on the throttle to go around this guy. Pretty much ruined the vibe of the spot, and honestly I wanted to jump on his boat and dent his head for being a prick fisherman and a liar... Or is this how things are?

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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Its the joy of fishing public stuff. We deal with it every weekend. Get used to it.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:15 AM   #3
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All you fishermen and fisherwomen! Public spots are just what the name implies-ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO HAS A BOAT-COME FIGHT TO FISH FOR WHAT EVER'S LEFT! I am so blessed that I am not part of that rat race!!!!!!!!!: thumbup:
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All you fishermen and fisherwomen! Public spots are just what the name implies-ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO HAS A BOAT-COME FIGHT TO FISH FOR WHAT EVER'S LEFT! I am so blessed that I am not part of that rat race!!!!!!!!!: thumbup:
You might be surprised at the size of fish that are in the bottom of those toilets. Just takes a different technique to make them eat.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:23 AM   #5
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Caught 18 snapper today on spinning reels with no leads! Smallest fish was 14 pounds. Spots I built and I am so blessed to show my people what this fishery is all about! All within 11 miles of the beach off Orange Beach. Biggest fish was 21 pounds and was hooked with the angler (17 years old) watching it swallow the circle hook! Also 35 pound Cobia on 20 pound line on this young man's Shimano Calcutta reel with same small diameter line:n otworthy:. Great day on the water and home by 12:30. Sorry I don't do pics as I don't know how or have time for that!
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Released 3 gags today that were 30" plus in 70' of water beautiful fish! Bet my fuel bill was 1/2 what yours was and the quality of the fish was nothing like public crap which after about 7-10 days gets "crappy". What's so unique is the big fish are still there but when they hear an outboard coming the haul ass! Wish I could post pics but most people in OB know me so thats not a big deal.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:17 AM   #7
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Man I'm from SC where we are blessed with a ton of rock outcroppings and coral, etc. My wife is from the gulf so I started towing my boat. Its great and I love it. I'm perplexed about this private reef thing though. Pulled my boat down last year and trolled for a solid day marking tons of reefs. Don't know if they were private....whatever.... Pulled much fish off f them. How can anyone get the red azz if their reef is found...??? It doesn't take a genius.
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Dan the Guy----Experienced fishermen don't drift bottom fishing but use the engine to hold position. I believe you are obligated as the drifting vessel to stay clear of someone who is holding a fixed position.

BTW, you should learn to hold your boat up---first using a bouy for a frame of reference and when you get that down, use your gps. It is much easier to keep baits on the bottom over the structure and you don't have to fool with anchoring.
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Got accused of running up on a publc spot yesterday. kept distance of 75-100 ft of holding charter boat---got yelled at for running up on him and scaring off a cobia swiming around his boat. wouldn't have done that if he had a "NO TRESPASSING - PRIVATE PROPERTY--FISH IN SIGHT" sign displayed.

Best to just let the A&*^&%hole have it.
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Dan the Guy----Experienced fishermen don't drift bottom fishing but use the engine to hold position. I believe you are obligated as the drifting vessel to stay clear of someone who is holding a fixed position.

BTW, you should learn to hold your boat up---first using a bouy for a frame of reference and when you get that down, use your gps. It is much easier to keep baits on the bottom over the structure and you don't have to fool with anchoring.
Spot on.
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