The Fly By We've all experienced it. We're
peacefully fishing in our favorite hole and somebody comes
cruising by at maximum wake speed. Our pole falls out of
its holder, our soda can spills over, and all of the fish that
were circling our bait in the water are long gone.
How to handle it: Whenever possible, keep your distance from
other anglers on the water. There are times when the river
is congested and there is no way to avoid getting close.
In this situation, go either really fast or really slow as to
not throw a huge wake.
If you have to get really close to another boat, go slow.
There is nothing more annoying that having somebody blast past
you at 40 mph 20' off of your starboard side.
Encroachment This is a penalty in the NFL, and it should
also be a penalty in fishing. There you are, fishing in a
huge unoccupied stretch of the river, and some guy pulls up and
throws his anchor out 20 yards downstream of you. Then he
proceeds to crank up the radio and starts banging the net
and other gear around the boat while looking for his 24 pack.
This is effectively a cut off maneuver. If all the noise
he's making doesn't scare off all the fish, he will catch
the fish before they have a chance to make it upstream to your
lines. Never mind the fact that if you hook a decent fish,
it will run directly into his anchor rope.
How to handle it:
When fishing, try to keep as much distance
from the other anglers as possible. Nobody wants to hear
you blast your Wayne Newton tapes or rants with
your drunk buddies about your trip to Tijuana last summer.
Try not to anchor within 200 yards of other boats on the
river. This will give you enough of a buffer incase you
hook a monster sturgeon that rips out half of your line.
If you are in close quarters, avoid anchoring directly
upstream or downstream from another boat. This would put
you in the same fishing lane as the other boat, and some anglers hate
If you pull up to your secret hole and somebody is already
fishing there, go someplace else. Chances are, there
similar areas nearby that are holding just as many fish as your
Cross Over We're not talking about Allen Iverson's
dribble-drive move to the basket. We're talking about
crossing lines. There are many different scenarios that
can create the cross over in fishing. The first is while
bank fishing. You find yourself fishing in close quarters
and somebody next to you keeps casting over your line, forcing
you to reel in to avoid a tangle.
to handle it: When fishing in close
quarters, try to time your cast as to not cross other anglers'
Another cross over is possible while trolling from
a boat. When two boats are trolling in opposite directions
and pass each other, they need to keep some distance to avoid
crossing lines or propellers. When passing another boat,
you are supposed to pass port side to port side. If you
aren't familiar with port and starboard sides, think of it like a
two lane highway. When two cars pass going in opposite
directions, the other car passes by on your left. If
you pass another boat, don't force them to swing into the bank.
Make a gentle turn out and around the other boat and don't move
back into your lane until all of the lines are clear of the
The Launching Ramp Traffic Jam There we are, waiting in
line to launch our boat. The guy in front of us pulls down
the ramp and just before he reaches the water he stops and shuts
off the truck. He proceeds to unload all of his gear from
the back of his truck, fills the ice chest, sets up his
rod, and talks about the weather with somebody
standing on the dock. Fifteen minutes later he is finally
in the water and the ramp is clear.
How to handle it:
Be courteous, and get you boat set up before
you hit the launching ramp. If your boat requires some
setting up before launching, do it in the parking lot before you
get in line. When you reach the ramp, you should be ready
to unhook your boat and get into the water.
After you get the boat off the trailer, move it down to the end
of the dock out of the lane. I've had people launch in
front of me that proceeded to tie their boat up right at the
base of the ramp where I needed to launch (huh???). If you
think that people are clueless at launching facilities you are
correct. Not everybody has been boating for thirty years.
There are weekend warriors who only take their boats out a few
times a year. Keep this in mind and politely ask them to
move their boat down to the end of the dock to clear room.