Re: You are NOT "FISHING"
Not to sound like a lawyer, but the last phrase in the sentence would indicate the vessel is “engaged in fishing” given the descriptions Dabnis provided for the commercial trollers. The local sport fisherman (even with outriggers) isn’t “fishing”, but a commercial boat with a half dozen downriggers in work, is. You guys may feel free to cut off a commercial guy or run across his gear, but I will maneuver around them, and yes, I do a lot of ocean racing.
“…but does not include a vessel fishing with trolling lines or other fishing apparatus which do not restrict maneuverability.”
2000 Catalina 34 MkII