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FishFood
07-13-2007, 13:39
Two weeks ago i dived the jetties at St Andrews St Park, near Panama City Florida. As i was sitting down eating lunch under the pavilion, I heard a couple talking about divers. For some reason she was griping about the divers divng near the rocks... SHE DIDNT KNOW I was sitting right behind her however, and her young son whom was facing me went quite pale http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif
<DIV>After the parents realized I was behind them, the husband asked me If it was legal to get so close to the rocks. He thought the fishers had right of way. I quickyl corrected him of course... Next he says "Im thinking of takingup spear fishing". I replied with,"You're a Diver?". He said yes. </DIV>
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<DIV>Huh!? A diver that believes divers had to stay 100ft away from the jetties? Right http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gifI believe you pal. </DIV>
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<DIV>Me and my dive buddy had a good laugh about that one later.</DIV>
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<DIV>Share your stories like this, you know ya wanna http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif</DIV>
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cummings66
07-13-2007, 13:46
I had a buddy last weekend get hooked by a fishing hood near the dam. I don't think either one of us thought the other had a right to be there above the others.
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<DIV>It's a give and take and I believe most divers feel that way.</DIV>

FishFood
07-13-2007, 13:51
Yes, it's give and take, if the fishing line is ALREADY in the water. However, if the line is cast out near a diver (as done quite often on these jetties and dams) that's NOT RIGHT.

CompuDude
07-13-2007, 14:04
Yup, in places where there are no rules against diving, no one has the right of way. Considering the safety issue, however, I would have words with anyone who purposely cast near a diver's known location... that's practically assault!

I've been snagged by lines before when inadvertently drifting too close to a pier we're supposed to stay away from. Fortunately I haven't had that happen while diving dry, else I'd be a lot more upset! That was my fault, however. I have no compunction about cutting the line as fast as possible, of course.

cummings66
07-13-2007, 14:11
But he said he was going to start, this guy's getting his wires crossed.
<DIV>My buddy and I had wetsuits on so it wasn't a big deal, odd because we both normally dive drysuits. He and I had a good laugh over the kid who thought he caught a BIG one that got away. My buddies a big buy, over 200 lbs I'm sure and we towed that line quite a ways before I cut it at the bobber.</DIV>

frankc420
07-13-2007, 14:56
I was almost hooked by a fisher at the Alabama point jetties one time... but I was right up on the rocks... If I can't get within 100' of the rocks, they can't cast their lines out past 80'. I want some leeway there you know :P

bmp51
07-13-2007, 17:09
Here in Vegas, scuba areas are considered "shared shore fishing areas"... I guess they just expect us to get along.... some areas are no barb's on fishing... but letís face it its lake Mead... no one wants to really eat the fish they catch....<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
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przeor
07-16-2007, 02:24
We've been lucky in the lakes here- most fishermen are pretty good about not casting if we're about to get in. It doesn't hurt that I usually help relase stuck hooks for the fishermen. They seem to appreciate us and respect us/our area if we help em out. Just this past weekend some guys said they would just wait until we finished our dive before dropping lines in. I guess seeing divers in AZ is a novelty and they enjoy watching the show.

frankc420
07-16-2007, 08:03
I was almost hooked by a fisher at the Alabama point jetties one time... but I was right up on the rocks... If I can't get within 100' of the rocks, they can't cast their lines out past 80'. I want some leeway there you know :P


You can spearfish on the Alabama jetties, no 100 feet requirement there.




Oh I don't spearfish, yet, I was just wanting to put my experience with almost getting hooked out there! :)

cummings66
07-16-2007, 22:29
Really, unless you're in a drysuit getting hooked is no big deal.

CompuDude
07-16-2007, 23:01
Really, unless you're in a drysuit getting hooked is no big deal.
I think that depends on where you get hooked. Catch a rusty hook in a thin glove, and you could do some damage. And that's without considering tetanus...

frankc420
07-16-2007, 23:25
Really, unless you're in a drysuit getting hooked is no big deal.

I was wearing tropical gloves, and the line slid down my arm, from my elbow to the tip of my pinky finger, where the hook grabbed my glove and started to take off with my hand. Good thing the hook didn't penetrate my glove otherwise I would have yanked on it and probably hooked my finger... Ouchy!