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Old 07-31-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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Hey guys - searched but didn't really find any specifics for this: A buddy & I were surf fishing just past park west on the beach, and a 18-20 foot center console buzzed past about halfway between the shore & the sandbar. We didn't have lines in the water, so no worry there, but LOTS of people out swimming closer to the parking lot. My friend was pissed & said that unless they were pulling up to shore, boats had to stay out past the sandbar. Any truth to that? Anybody have a local law to cite?
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Common sense would say past the first bar. But that's in short supply.
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A one ounce Gotcha cast across the bow of those beach runners works wonders.
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A one ounce Gotcha cast across the bow of those beach runners works wonders.
Imagine how you would feel if you did that and then found out that the boat was rushing an injured person to shore so they could receive medical help and just overshot the medical personnel.

While that may be rare, I don't know that I'd want to see someone purposely injured when you don't know the circumstances.
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Imagine how you would feel if you did that and then found out that the boat was rushing an injured person to shore so they could receive medical help and just overshot the medical personnel.

While that may be rare, I don't know that I'd want to see someone purposely injured when you don't know the circumstances.



Very true, but it's easy to tell the circumstance when they have 2 guys spotting in the cobia tower
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If I'm watching a boat run the beach for a mile coming to me, I can be pretty certain he's a hiney hole. By the way, it was all tongue in cheek. I wouldn't throw across the bow anyway. Amidships would make sure the operator got some new body piercings. Might start a new trend.
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To my knowledge there is no minimum distance as long as they are operating in a safe manner.... that's part of it right by the pass... it honestly has zero effect on the fishing.

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To my knowledge there is no minimum distance as long as they are operating in a safe manner.... that's part of it right by the pass... it honestly has zero effect on the fishing.

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It all depends on where you're fishing as to what effect it has. One run down the beach will blow redfish out for quite a while.
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ya see a boat coming, start winding on your reel, or they will have your line in their prop. then your fishing day is over too.... that would suck for both of you....
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