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Old 08-12-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Let’s say you roll up on a sizable public wreck where it is possible to maintain a respectful distance and another boat is anchored there. Would it be better form to anchor as well, or would drifting be okay? What if it’s the same scenario but the other boat is drifting?

I always want to anchor because being able to hold my position while fishing solo is about as likely as convincing the wife to shell out a couple grand for an e anchor, and I seem to catch more fish while anchored. But I don’t want to impose on a boat that got there first. Obviously things like fishing 9 feet away, throwing a big wake or running over fly lines are dick moves, but beyond that what other things are there to look out for?
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:16 PM   #2
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Holler out and ask em. Otherwise use your best judgment. I juat throw the I Pilot and cruise where I want!!!!
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No issue doing either as long as you keep your distance and give them plenty of room
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From what I have experienced lately there is no etiquette on public or private wrecks. Most I have encountered don't care if someone is there or not they just bully their way in and to hell with what you think.
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Just treat others like you want to be treated and watch out fer GOOGANS that don't care how they will treat ya!!!
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Get naked and stand up where they can see everything, they won’t get too close!
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Honestly, its just part of it. If its a nice weekend the close in stuff will be busy. Being close to some one, in my opinion, isnt the issue. Its only an issue if you hinder their ability to fish, not how close you are. Look at the charter guys, we can be so close to each other that our clients can touch rod tips BUT we are all hammering the fish and not messing each other up.

Divers, especially the dive charters....well thats a different story. Ive seen them drop down anchor and back down in to a wad of boats fishing the freighter and send divers down. I REALLY dont like those guys!
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It was the local Dive shops that got the first wrecks put down in this area. Barges, old bridge rubble, P 5 M, liberty ship and so on. Ray Smith is only one person I can remember. So don't come down on divers to much. How would you feel if you paid a fee to dive a certain wreck and you couldn't because a couple boats were on a PUBLIC Reef bitchin and complaining. All the reefs are there for everyone to enjoy and or to make money off of.
And lastly remember you have NO enemeys while on the water. That Dive boat or fishing boat may save your life someday. I have resqued several boaters myself.
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Honestly, its just part of it. If its a nice weekend the close in stuff will be busy. Being close to some one, in my opinion, isnt the issue. Its only an issue if you hinder their ability to fish, not how close you are. Look at the charter guys, we can be so close to each other that our clients can touch rod tips BUT we are all hammering the fish and not messing each other up.

Divers, especially the dive charters....well thats a different story. Ive seen them drop down anchor and back down in to a wad of boats fishing the freighter and send divers down. I REALLY dont like those guys!



I agree, the day you guys pulled up it didn't bother me in the slightest. I thought it was nice having someone to shoot the bull with a little. I am use to fishing the pier where you are almost bumping elbows. As long as everyone is nice and respectful to each other it's all good.
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I try to treat others how I would like to be treated. If I start getting aggravated, I just move on. Lots of places to fish out there.
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