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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"
I'm just saying that, reading the rule standing alone, if I were driving a fishing charter vessel and trolling a few hundred yards of line and a floater-thing, I would sure believe -- in good faith -- that I'm fishing under the COLREGs. Is there any written authority that says I'm not?
Rule 3d of the COLREGS specifically states that the definition of a "vessel engaged in fishing" does NOT include vessels trolling lines. (see also above)
If you are trolling you can easily alter course. You may not WANT to alter course, but there is really nothing preventing you from doing so.
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