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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"
Not the way it was explained to me by a Coastie years ago and multiple captains as they were taught in class.
Regardless, "D", above would apply. He just didn't want to pull in his planer board. (now I know what the hell that thing is called!) The actual vessels were not going to collide.
I've always been told that the local yokel trolling a couple lines from his bass boat or Boston Whaler clearly isn't fishing under the COLREGs.
But reading this, it appears to me that the boat's maneuverability would be restricted due to his lines in the water, so he should be the stand on vessel.