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#12781841 - 06/05/18 09:10 PM Inshore etiquette question.
Alumacraft 14 Offline

Registered: 02/24/06
Posts: 247
Loc: Texas
I have been saltwater fishing a lot more lately and can say I really don't know the etiquette about passing folks. So I have played it safe and gave folks plenty of room when I pass.

I run the shoreline (about 50 to 100ft off) to stay shallow and out of the wind/waves. Sometimes I notice a boat anchor with guys wading towards the shoreline. They are a good 800-1000ft away from the shore. Should I countine running down the shore line or should I swing away from the shoreline and go around the backside of them?

Same scenario but they are drifting towards the shoreline?

Then what about an anchored boat fishing out of the boat, how far is a safe distance to pass?

Now last one, guys are wading a sand bar, how far should I pull in away from them to fish the same bar? Granted this bar is really really long.

#12782172 - 06/06/18 07:05 AM Re: Inshore etiquette question. [Re: Alumacraft 14]
Pat Goff Online   content
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 5833
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
Always swing wide to the deeper water. I don't like getting into the chop either but I'm not going to burn anyone's wade or drift either.

If they are drifting, go behind, never in front of.

If you give the same amount of room you'd want, you'll be fine, and thank you for being considerate, it's getting more rare every day.
Pat Goff
Marble Falls/Seadrift TX

#12782814 - 06/06/18 02:16 PM Re: Inshore etiquette question. [Re: Alumacraft 14]
Captain Nathan Beabout Offline

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 297
Loc: Seadrift, Tx
I would suggest not running that close to the shoreline, that is where 95% of trout and redfish are laid up hiding in the grass and edge of sand pockets to feed. as a wader myself, i like to see people run up wind from me, it is obvious that waders are going to walk down wind from their boat fishing with the wind at there back.

when so many people run 50-100 yards off the bank it disrupts the feed of these fish, and they shutdown. they will either be driven way off the bank in water to deep to get to them, or will bury in the grass for cover making them impossible to catch.

#12783679 - 06/07/18 09:38 AM Re: Inshore etiquette question. [Re: Alumacraft 14]
Alumacraft 14 Offline

Registered: 02/24/06
Posts: 247
Loc: Texas
Thanks for the replies, some areas I am running the shore is due to safety, baffin has some big rocks and waves. But what you mentioned about fish along the shoreline got me rethinking routes I normally take where running close the shoreline isn't completely neccesary. Thanks again for the input, it will be put to good use.

Edited by Alumacraft 14 (06/07/18 09:42 AM)

#12783995 - 06/07/18 01:45 PM Re: Inshore etiquette question. [Re: Alumacraft 14]
CHewes Online   content
Green Horn

Registered: 11/10/17
Posts: 5
Loc: Florida
If you are running the Navionics chip you can set up Dock To Dock Autorouting. It will give you the safest passage including keeping you in depths that you specify as safe.

I also strongly agree with Captain Nathan Beabout. When you run to close to the shoreline it's called "burning" the banks and it is highly frowned upon. It's bad for the ecosystem and the fish. If you have to stay close to shore due to weather, etc. just slow it down to an idle. There was a really good article written by pro angler Gritter Griffin on The Redfish Connection called "What's In A Word - Everything" and it addresses this very topic.

Tight Lines and stay safe out there!


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