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#11459017 - 03/06/16 11:23 AM Marker Buoy Etiquette?
pgreen8609 Offline
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Registered: 11/18/09
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Loc: Houston, TX
Just wondering what common marker buoy etiquette is? I was fishing the dam on Fayette yesterday and had marked a spot with an orange buoy. I moved off the spot about 150 yds away to fish the intake a bit and let the marked spot rest. I could still see my buoy from where I was fishing farther away. I noticed a skeeter pull up on my marked spot and fish it for awhile and after he left my buoy had also "left". When I came back my buoy was nowhere to be found! Did I do something wrong? Or do people just feel that if you aren't on top of your marked spot then your property is free for the taking?
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#11459038 - 03/06/16 11:34 AM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Registered: 01/13/16
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Let us just hope that was a brain fart on his behave. That's almost as bad as running another mans trot line. whip

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#11459046 - 03/06/16 11:40 AM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Not sure of his thoughts, but I had this happen before and found the person that picked up the buoy. He swore he picked it up so Noone would have ran it over as he thought someone had forgotten it. I believed what this guy said and usually pick mine up now if I'm not within casting distance.
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#11459047 - 03/06/16 11:40 AM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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you didn't do anything wrong, but not sure he did either. marker buoys are for your reference, not to mark your territory to others. if he didn't know the spot and just wanted to see what you marked, then that's not cool. if he knew the spot already and wanted to fish it, then that is their right. once you move 150 yards off, it is open for others to fish (that is one and half football fields!). not a big deal, if I knew the spot, I would still fish it, but once you came back over I would probably nicely ask if you wanted to get back on it, because obvious to me you started there. a bunch of grey area.
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#11459053 - 03/06/16 11:46 AM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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I would have assumed it was left too. If it was there for over an hour I prolly would have rolled it up. People leave things all over the lake with no intent on picking it up. It becomes trash at some point. If you marked a good spot I like to fish and left, you may have come back to that marker moving off 100 yards too. No need showing everybody where you found fish.
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#11459068 - 03/06/16 11:57 AM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: Rob Lay]
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So, I didn't mark the spot as "territory" and I didn't care that he was fishing it either. The only part that bothered me was taking my buoy. It was unattended by me for maybe 20-30 min before it was taken. So I guess consensus is.... Don't leave a buoy anywhere if you aren't fishing it.
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#11459074 - 03/06/16 12:00 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Registered: 12/29/11
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150 yards is a little far to mark and expect exclusivity to a specific spot. By using that logic you could theoretically quarantine off huge areas of a lake with 3-4 markers with no expectation of any interference, markers should be utilized to identify an area your fishing now not in an hour from now. My rule is that if a guy has a marker out and is on top of it fishing its his until he moves out or waves me in(I rarely want that close a proximity to another mans spot unless I know them) and I will honor his marker by at least a 2 cast distance if not more.

As far as anyone taking your marker that's low class and unfortunately has become more common these days. Don't leave a marker 150 yards away, it only tempts the bottom feeders by leaving a marker that your not in control of.
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#11459121 - 03/06/16 12:34 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Ive forgotten buoys before and left them and have found buoys left by others. If I saw the buoy unattended, I would have picked it up before someone ran over it.

As far as the spot, nowadays they'll come right in even if you are there if they think that you found fish. 150 ydd away, I wouldn't assume that it was yours and the buoy would attract me to see what some found

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#11459171 - 03/06/16 01:23 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: pgreen8609
So, I didn't mark the spot as "territory" and I didn't care that he was fishing it either. The only part that bothered me was taking my buoy. It was unattended by me for maybe 20-30 min before it was taken. So I guess consensus is.... Don't leave a buoy anywhere if you aren't fishing it.


ohh, you don't take someone elses buoy if there is a boat anywhere within the ballpark. that is wrong, I've seen others forget a buoy and might have forgot one myself, but it would have been obvious to someone as I was already gone.
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#11459192 - 03/06/16 01:37 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
MikeSouza Offline
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Registered: 03/13/08
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Paint the buoy black, it's hard for others boaters to see when passing by.
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#11459214 - 03/06/16 01:48 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Yeah, 150 yards is way too far, put a buoy out and fish it then pick it up when you leave. I bet you would not appreciate it if you were running and sucked up a bunch of cord from one in your prop would you? And one more point, why leave a marker on a spot for all to see?


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#11459241 - 03/06/16 02:02 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Far enough away to not see it get picked up is too far
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#11459312 - 03/06/16 02:57 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
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Him fishing the area you left your buoy on is his right. You can't take ownership in area you are not sitting on. Now, if he knew you still in the area and picked up your buoy he is guilty of theft. Bet he didn't place you fishing 150 yards away with that buoy.
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#11459328 - 03/06/16 03:18 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: pgreen8609]
SkeeterRonnie Offline
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Don't leave [censored] in the lake! Pick up your belongings when you leave! A marker buoy gives no ownership to a particular spot. What if everyone on the lake thought your way? Would we all be pulling twine out of lower units? Would there be any "open" water to fish? Learn to use your gps better and you won't need markers
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#11459329 - 03/06/16 03:19 PM Re: Marker Buoy Etiquette? [Re: 361V]
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Originally Posted By: 361V
Him fishing the area you left your buoy on is his right. You can't take ownership in area you are not sitting on. Now, if he knew you still in the area and picked up your buoy he is guilty of theft. Bet he didn't place you fishing 150 yards away with that buoy.


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