FISHING (PART 2) “OFF LAND”

“OFF LAND”

     The reason I’m calling it OFF LAND and not OFF SHORE is to differentiate between a “floating vessel” in the bay, from a true OFF SHORE fishing boat that ventures out into the ocean  “OFF SHORE”. There is a significant difference of the two, and just as many of other differences. Yes, I am talking about anything that floats from a kayak to a boat.

     Since there is no shortage of things needed to be mentioned with boats alone, I will leave the kayaks and everything in between alone for now. After I talk about these “issues” with boats, that have more than an annoyance. It’s amazing that anyone venturing out on the water without being in a boat of decent size, would even risk it. Stupidity on the water is something that I couldn’t possibly describe fully. It’s something that I can only partially describe, and others need to understand that nothing is being exaggerated. However you interpret and vision it, make sure you understand it is at least 10x worse.

     First I must mention that anything offshore, must be in the ocean. Those in the bay or close to land are not considered offshore. ^^THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT OFF SHORE FISHERMAN^^ They are usually weekend warriors, obstructing and recklessly pretending to be boaters. They don’t even realize that the buoys indicate or mean something…… As much as I enjoy seeing these morons get stuck bottoming out in shallow water, this limited and selective entertainment. The reason why, is fortunately for them, they usually have been regularly zipping along clueless to the channels marked, and depth of the water. Usually only get stuck at low tide, then wonder why because they have gone that way plenty of times before, and never got stuck….

Alright, now I’m going to try and get through talking about the bay boating topic as quickly as possible, just like I do when I head out on my boat, I try and get to the ocean as quick as possible away from these bay boat weekend warriors.

1- The south shore of Long Island (bays) have very very narrow channels that if you vere slightly off/outside these channels, Your going to bottom out! It appears to be a large and navigable body of water, IT’S NOT! Most of the bay you could just walk around in. So, when you have these idiots who anchor in the middle of a narrow channel (thats marked) You wish you had a steel hull and big enough vessel to just plow right over them!

2- Still referring to the narrow channels. Naturally, your going to have moments when your heading one way, and another boat is coming your way. *I would have said that it is expected to experiences oncoming traffic on an opposite side, Only it’s not that simple. It should be, considering most of these people operate a car, and should naturally pick one side of the “lane” channel. Maybe, even stay on the right side of the channel like you would on a road…. haha sure! Even if you do not know the buoy system, in these areas I’m referring to it clearly marks a green buoy on one side and a red directly on the other (visually, laying out a very clear path. Even if the buoys were rainbow, it would still should be obvious that they are indicating a path!

               XXX       BUOY)))             vv                    ^^                   (((BUOY      XXX

–                                                     vBOATv            ^BOAT^

You see what I’m talking about?  Looking at the screen you can see there is a buoy on the right and one on the left. (You need to stay in-between them or your must likely going to bottom out. That’s also why they have these “channel markers”! Now, again even without nautical technicalities of reference, I think even a 10yr old looking at this could figure this out. The boat going (up) lol is on the right side, oh and guess what? The boat heading (down)lol is staying to his right side also (just like we do on the road)  lol I’ll try and give a visual somehow.

Below is an example — light blue=channel (less than a 100ft wide)!

The darker blue (outside the channel) as you see is 1ft deep!

It is important to bring into perspective how wide 100ft is….. Lets say the boats have a10ft beam (width). That will mean that any two boats passing each other in this channel will require at least 25-30ft

BOAT

TO BE CONTINUED

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Fishing (Part 1)

Before I begin it should be known that fishing is something I could not live without! Real true hardcore fisherman/ and women are an elite group that earn this title. We do welcome new members that have stepped up and proven to be in this group.

Before I decided to bash and attack fishing I was hesitant for a few seconds until I realized that I’m not attacking fishing, I’m attacking certain people that consider what they do as fishing. It will be more directed to people that think a fishing pole and tackle box makes them a fishermen. I will work my way through each method of fishing and pointing out the fake fishing people and the effect it has on me, and others who are out to fish not recreational outdoor activity during nice weather.

NOODLING

     I have chose to leave all freshwater types of fishing alone for now with the exception of one. The cat fishing method called noodling. The method used requires a person to enter muddy murky water and search for underwater holes in which a catfish may be residing in. Once the hole of choice has been selected than the person reaches into the hole blindly in hopes that a catfish is there and bites onto the hand of the noodling person in which gives them the ability to grab and extract the fish. Originally i was convince this drunken stupidity could not be fishing. Now I’m not sure anymore. it is man versus fish with no gear except their hands. They go out in hunt to find the fish. Oh! also place themselves in danger by reaching into areas that could contain venomous and poisonous creatures as well as snapping turtles. The ratings must be good knowing that the general public is waiting for disaster to struck like in NASCAR (they want to see a crash)

FISHING FROM A DOCK

     Some real fishermen get lost and mixed up in this category. Without owning a boat or being able to afford other methods they have been left with fishing off the pier as their only option.They unfortunately have to be exposed to the general public that congregate these piers. the ones that grab a pole out of the garage buy a bag of frozen bait make several failed casting attempts before an acceptable cast is made. and than they rest the pole down in hopes of catching something and something because they have no idea what specific fish is targeted. Most likely couldn’t even tell you the hook being used. Than are frustrated that they lost tier bait and make claims they knew a fish was bitting it just didn’t hook. Actually, you just keep feeding the crabs but your generously offering of free food nestled down on the bottom. these are the ones that get snagged by something on bottom and actually think they hooked a monster fish and continue fighting it as such until the line breacks at which they say that it must have been huge and too heavy to fight on you equipment.

     The real fisherman is down at the pier only during the tidal window that is both productive and least amount of seaweed. They cast work the area in which they have ben given. Would pass if the pier was too crowded knowing its a day full of crossed lines, and restricted workable area.  They look forward to unfavorable forecasts and can be seen fishing the piers throughout the winter herring run.

SURF CASTERS

     This group also has its fair share of people claiming they are fishing and should no way be a reflection of real surfcasters! These people also break out the old fishing pole and tackle box and head to the beach with a cooler of beer and a fold out chair. Cast out into the surf than plant the pole in the sand while they sit on their ass waiting for something that would have to be completely starving. —— These people always have something that sounds official to say to any passing beach walkers.

     Than there are two more groups under surfcasters. We have the real deal surfcasters and than we have the extreme hardcore surfcasters. These definitely are real fisherman. The real surf caster you can see working the tide, current, able to observe a pretty good picture of what the bottom looks like and how that relates to a likely place for predatory fish to hang out. Again, they are working the beach, multiple lures, actively searching for fish.

     The extreme hardcore surfcasters or those out on the jetties with spike cleat boots lowering the risk of slipping on those wet jagged rocks, while waves are crashing into it. Enough said!

PART 2

“OFF LAND”