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Ettiquette call...what would you do

I took the day off to fish last Friday and at one point of the day, wanted to go out to the Broads to take a look around at midday. Since the most direct path out from where I was happened to go under the LI bridge, I headed that way.

I got to the bridge and noticed no less than 20 guys (maybe 40) on the bridge fishing (which I have never seen before). Not wanting to barge right through I stopped to idle about 20 yards out and sat for a moment figuring a few guys would lift their lines for me (that many lines only gives about 5 feet between lines). One guy was staring at me so I smiled and said "how is it going?". He shrugged and didn't answer so I said "mind if I come through". Another shrug so I put it in gear and had to literally slolam through the lines. I had my knife at the ready in case a line snagged me or my boat but some how managed to get through unscathed. Nothing bigger than my 16 footer would have made it through.

My question: should I have turned around and taken the 3 mile detour to get to the Broads or was the "right of way" mine? I wasn't about to start anything especially from 15 ft below a crowd that could turn ugly but if I was in the wrong, in the future, I will turn around and take the detour. I'm hoping that crowd didn't do so well so the bridge isn't blocked like that all season. What would you have done? What would you have done if you couldn't make it through because you had a bigger boat.

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I have to go through that bridge all the time and I have fished from it. When I fish from it I keep my lines out of the lanes that the boats go through and I expect the people fishing on it when I go through, with my boat, to do the same. That being said...you gave them plenty of opportunity to get their lines out of the way for the whole 30 seconds or so it would take for you to pass under the bridge...so tough luck to them if you run over their lines and they lose their bait. You were more than polite!

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I agree with LINK. I also think that you have the right of way and they need to move when boats need to go under the bridge.

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You did the right thing and gave them the time to reel in. You did much more than when I was fishing at Governors Island bridge one time and a big cruiser went under the bridge at full speed. He docked his boat a short ways off. Everyone had some choice words for him, and he never even looked our way!!!


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You did right. I had to dock at the town docks in Alton bay on saturday, all the docks were busy with fisherman/woman, no place to pull in, I idled for a few moments(couple minutes most) until one yelled out at me, "do you need to dock?" I said yes, he pulled his stuff in and I gave him a big thank you. He continued to fish there, when I was leaving he pulled in his stuff and let me on my way. I would have done the same if I was in his shoes. Common Courtesy rules. I think he lost less than 5 minutes of fishing by being courtieous.


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I think you have an implied right of way, if it were only a couple of guys I never stop at the bridge at Squam, they pull the lines out as soon as they see a boat coming and when they go by they put em right back in. I don't even ask, I just put my way through.

But if they are shoulder to shoulder I'm sure they are reluctant to move (might loose their place) but that thier problem with the other people on the bridge, not yours.

I'll bet they can't swim as fast as your boat.

Big John

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Ahh,What was it a bunch of Chinamen? Language barrier?Fish you long time?Do you extend that much courtesy in the trolling lanes?