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post #31 of Old 04-29-2013
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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"

(d) The term “vessel engaged in fishing” means any vessel fishing with
nets, lines, trawls or other fishing apparatus which restrict maneuverability,
but does not include a vessel fishing with trolling lines or other fishing
apparatus which do not restrict maneuverability.

I must have a different book. I don't see the word manageability in mine. (unless was that humor ?... then sorry. )

Anyway, A trolling line can be cut or reeled in if needed to give-way.

I fish (troll) off my boat all the time, I've lost a few good lures to other boats unintentionally cutting my lines. Power boats don't typically expect a sailboat to be trolling a couple of lines. I've never run over someone else's. It's just a courtesy thing.

Many species like shiny objects moving @ 5 kn. ;-) I've cruised by a recreational fishing fleet...and picked up fish..much to their surprise..
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