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    Surfing with fishermen

    I'm assuming other people have this problem frequently too. I enjoy fishing when I'm not surfing too, but I always have respect for people in the water. It's amazing that some people who fish will cast right around you. I've actually had fishing line wrapped around me before. I'm just waiting for it to wrap around my neck. They have the whole beach and they always tend to cast right where I'm surfing.

    Does anyone else have this problem and how do you deal with it? Talking with them doesn't seem to work.

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    swim next to the rocks with about 4 or 5 people. hopefully you got some bodyboarder in the group since we have flippers to push more. and try to grab one of there lines. every man grabs the line and pulls the man into the water.

    just kidding..... i normally just try to stay away from them. never really had problems with them. whats very annoying is when it is just you out in the ocean and some guy comes up with his chair, and 12ft shore rod and decides to cast out right where you are. most cases i just cross his line a few times and shoot dirty looks till he leaves

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    I kno wut u mean, it sucks. the only way they'll move is if you kill em w/ kindness when u ask em. or just roll deep. No one owns the ocean tho, u cant ask a shark to move down the beach, just hope for the best or hope for barrels & be glad you're riding waves

    ...and then pray they legalize herbs for all adults in CA in november

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    I do alot of fishing but never near bathers or surfers. Anybody who does cast near you is a buttplug looking for a fight. I have no tolerance for some ahole feeling the need to fish where I'm surfing. That being said I won't walk in where somebodys already fishing.

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    according to OCMD beach patrol it is illegal to fish within 100' of anyone in the water

    on one occasion after a fisherman had repeatedly cast near me and then on a ride I hit his line I did flip my board over grab his line and cut it on my fin - he packed up and left, but maybe because there was only one of him and three of us.

    I have on one occasion seen a beach patrol on an atv actually make a fisherman move due to his proximity to surfers but that is very rare and since they usually only patrol for a short time after the lifeguards leave they wont be around to see it often

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    Keep in mind that the same bottom features that make good breaks make good fishing spots... sand bars. So it's a resource we need to recognize has value to both of us, and nobody has a greater right to it than the other. So there has to be some etiquette.... on both sides. Do you walk up to somebody and stand shoulder to shoulder with him, and cast out right next to where he's fishing? No... not if you can help it. Do you paddle right out where a guy's been surfing and sit rail to rail waiting for the next set? Not if you can help it. Same goes for fishing and surfing. Have some courtesy for the guy who's there first. If somebody's fishing... avoid him if you can. If you're surfing, the fishermen should do the same thing.

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    yeah, i dont' understand y anyone would want to cast by a bunch of ppl in the water. I see it all the time in the summer. Usually, and almost always, it's some asshole who doesn't want to actually carry his or her board to the water, so they figure they'll use the beach as they're own personal parking lot and throw out a rod so they can "legally" be there. Without fail, some douche bag with a rip curl or oneill or quicksilver sticker on his bumper will park right next to the damn break and cast out.

    And he's usually fat and tan. And rides for 30 minute sessions and gets out and eats more, because he's fat and wants to stay that way. This irritates me if you can't tell.

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    i do surf fishing as well but i always go to a place not breaking and cast there. that way i wont have to move if anyone paddles out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Keep in mind that the same bottom features that make good breaks make good fishing spots... sand bars. So it's a resource we need to recognize has value to both of us, and nobody has a greater right to it than the other. So there has to be some etiquette.... on both sides. Do you walk up to somebody and stand shoulder to shoulder with him, and cast out right next to where he's fishing? No... not if you can help it. Do you paddle right out where a guy's been surfing and sit rail to rail waiting for the next set? Not if you can help it. Same goes for fishing and surfing. Have some courtesy for the guy who's there first. If somebody's fishing... avoid him if you can. If you're surfing, the fishermen should do the same thing.
    Yeah, I agree. I won't surf where someone has cast their line and I expect people to not cast there line when a surfer is there first. It's basically just common sense to respect other people. That's why it irritates me. Giving the person a dirty look works sometimes. Othertimes, you have to talk to them especially if it could cause yourself to drown or get injured.

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    I think you have to kind of not really know what your doing (either casting or surfing) or outright looking to mess with someone - for there to be a real issue. For one thing, the best fishing conditions here are high tide, with a light NE breeze. Any sort of swell over 5 ft where you may end up getting flushed to the beach or close to the rocks, there aren't likely to be surfcasters or if there are, they're ones who know what they're doing. I do both and have never had any problem except for a few times over the years when people are casting off the jetty - or more rarely, the beach - and they think I'm not situationally aware because I'm sitting close to where they're casting. One old guy started yelling at me like I was his unruly grandkid or something and I was tempted to flip him the bird but I just nod and point to their line.