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Old 09-13-2014, 09:07 AM
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Now I know it's a free ocean, but this morning heading out I had to go around these guys drifting and casting right between the piers.And when I came back there were other guys doing the same thing. Okay maybe that's where the fish are but really? Right in the middle of the marina where's there's not even room to get around them?

Last week I was coming in, idling past the pier next to mine when I see a piece of monofilament sliding down the rail. I had run over this guys line, he had a rod off the bow of his boat, and he wasn't even there! I didn't have time to react, the line when back into the prop before I even figured out was going on. It took me maybe three seconds to pop it into neutral but by then it had spun into my prop. I'm sitting there all like wtf? And the guy comes running up from below, he sayds "thought we had a fish!" and then he tells me, "don't worry about it, it's not your fault". Well of course it's not my fault! Who the hell is looking for a line in the middle of the marina where there's not even anyone in sight?

I spun up his line, his hook and his 2-ounce lead weight into the prop, when I put it in gear I can hear the weight banging against the lower unit but I'm about to be dragged by the current into the pier, what could I do, call SeaTow? I needed power.

Get the boat into the slip, spend half an hour taking the prop off and getting all the line out of there, looking at the chips in the paint the weight made, and the guy never even comes over! And when I finally go over there he's gone!

Just venting I guess but geez, fish somewhere else!
Old 09-13-2014, 09:10 AM
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Most marina's have some regulating about fishing, I don't know if it's legal to prohibit it, but I do think the nature of a marina calls for some damn common sense, you can't just clog up a common channel with a line, now dropping down in your own slip, not a big deal.
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Agreed not a problem in the slip or next to it, really as long as people can get by without a problem I couldn't care less. Leaving a line right across the only channel and going below to make a drink or whatever, that I have a slight problem with. Or drifting between the piers so I had to come to a full stop and ask them to move just so I can get to my slip, come on now..
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See it all the time here in SW FL. Folks fishing the piers and boat slips for Snook. Most all are polite and since they are boaters as well, their isn't any problems.
Most of the problems around here are bridge fishing. Not uncommon to approach the center span of a bridge to go under it and have 3 or 4 lines dangling from the center span where you have to navigate.
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The marina where I put in my boat is clearly marked "no fishing." Too bad, there's monster snook under the dock where the bait tanks are kept.
Old 09-13-2014, 10:57 AM
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Check your outer prop shaft seal......enough fishing line back there can damage it!!
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Sorry Op! But can I have my sinker back? Them leads are expensive.
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Here in Mississippi they fish right off the boat launch and then they'll look at you as you're try to load/unload like your some kind of scum bag, some will reel there lines in others won't but they all look like you're bothering them! Now days I take my American bulldogs with me if you want to see a pier clear out put to of them on the bow!
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I work at a marina. We prohibit it, but if you stay out of the way we usally don't mind. That being said, I often have people anchor up in the channel and explain they don't have to move. Thanks to all those people with any common sense.
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Originally Posted by Beak Boater View Post
Most of the problems around here are bridge fishing. Not uncommon to approach the center span of a bridge to go under it and have 3 or 4 lines dangling from the center span where you have to navigate.
Most of those bridges have signs on the center of the span banning fishing, at least up here in manatee county. Anyone who does so there would get ticketed by FWC. I've seen it happen a lot. FWC doesn't mess around with that specifically because it's a hazard to boat navigation.
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We don't see that often in SAV. Next to every marina are better places to fish.
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Bass fisherman in & around our marina everytime I go out. My cousin used to be a pro bass fisherman & he said he can fish in any marina he wants so long as he doesn't touch shore or a dock. He has been told to leave marina's & other area's people said were private and they don't own the water. He has dealt with the police, DNR, and even the USCG and has never had to leave a body of water.
Old 09-13-2014, 10:26 PM
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If it is a marina constructed on land owned (dredged out) by the marina I would guess the marina and waters within are private property controlled by the marina. Otherwise I would guess the water can be fished within restrictions set by land owned by the marina.
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Had my yacht up last slip by the wall. 8 foot depth and a really fun challenge when the wind was blowing in New Bern. First place everyone wanted to fish. Two structures. My yacht and the wall. Its where the fish held.

Problem with folks that have boats in the marina's and folks that want to fish is their slamming lures up on the boats, getting lures hooked in the ropes and leave them, and I have been inside the yacht and had a boat bump me, where he was trying to get a nice red out from under my boat.

People don't pay 200 to 500 a month to have to deal with fisherman. No we don't own the water but we do own that boat ..
Every try and get a lure out a one inch rope. ;?

If you want to fish a marina, line up one rod with heavy enough line you can horse what ever you catch out quick and if you can't aim, don't throw it back between the boats any further than your good.
I've seen bass boats wedge between two yachts trying to get a lure back. Funny but its not funny. Its just how much lack of class someone can have. You wouldn't like it someone up in the bushes beside your house hitting your house with a butterfly net,, You'll call the police. Got some crazy fool come fast..

Like anything else, its be abused, and abused, to where folks get tired of it.
I've found lures on my dock here at the house more than one time. Usually several times a year have to take the boat and fix where some dick head, got his lure caught in the low voltage line and tried yanking it out and now the line is hung down 6 to 8 inch'es where its really a bulls eye for the guys get to hung in and had to cut lures out of it. Twice I think. Folks must of been scared it was a 110v line.

If your going to fish marina's, have some class. Those are our/peoples homes. Weekend or full time its where we live. O ,, and I took the hose and soaked that dumb ass down that hit my yacht with his boat that had the red on. TO ME,, long as what you do don't affect me,, I don't care.
Thats my personal property.. You play you pay if you screw up. LOL
Between someone else's boat ain't a practice range for those that are learning how to cast.
Think about it. ;?
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Originally Posted by osudaddy View Post
If it is a marina constructed on land owned (dredged out) by the marina I would guess the marina and waters within are private property controlled by the marina. Otherwise I would guess the water can be fished within restrictions set by land owned by the marina.
I sincerely doubt the marina owns any of the public waterway.
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Don't know about where the OP is, but up here, it's illegal to have an unattended fishing line in the water. If the angler doesn't have a direct line of sight to the rod, the line was unattended- report him to the game warden.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
I sincerely doubt the marina owns any of the public waterway.

I agree, not sure about other states but ANY WATER navigable by boat is PUBLIC water and public access in SC(this includes rivers/creeks that run through private property (we used to float rivers for ducks all the time) and as long as you do not set foot on solid ground you are legal. I would assume the same thing for fishing

Most folks that fish like to fish structure and while I do respect someones property I do not hesitate to fish docks but with that said I do not care to fish in an actual marina.

I have thrown my cast net may times in a marina for pogies and do recall one time some smart ass guy screaming at me telling me I could not do that. Yep I responded with a middle finger and a grin. He walked away when he realized I did not care of his opinion
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Originally Posted by chimmike View Post
Most of those bridges have signs on the center of the span banning fishing, at least up here in manatee county. Anyone who does so there would get ticketed by FWC. I've seen it happen a lot. FWC doesn't mess around with that specifically because it's a hazard to boat navigation.
Problem is....the signs are in English.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
I sincerely doubt the marina owns any of the public waterway.
Exactly. But around here it's illegal to block, hinder, or interfere with the general commerce of the marina such as dropping anchor right in the middle of the entry way to the marina etc.
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
Exactly. But around here it's illegal to block, hinder, or interfere with the general commerce of the marina such as dropping anchor right in the middle of the entry way to the marina etc.
Same here.

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