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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"
Trollers are specifically excluded in the definitions (Rule 3).
(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.
Looks pretty specific, except for " which do not restrict maneuverability". I guess an incident may be decided by how much a troller's maneuverability is restricted? "How much so?" is kind of vague. If you stop or make a sharp turn, especially in a heavy cross wind, massive tangles or even getting the wire in the prop can happen, so I think a troller's maneuverability can be restricted to some degree in those conditions?
I guess that is why lawyers exist?
Anyway, like GeorgeB, I think it is best to give any commercial vessel, including sport fishing charter boats, as much room as you can, they have their hands full, just my opinion and FWIW