zcoker wrote:queenshark wrote:zcoker wrote:i guess the authorities would have to determine if one is actually "shark fishing". I hear about shark fishing bans but not fishing bans, especially up in NC right now with all the attacks. What I gather this means is that fishing is allowed but not "shark fishing." Yet i can very well shark fish if I wanted to with regular surf rods. Would be interesting to see how these ordinances come about and determine who is shark fishing or not.
Up until a week ago, many towns were looking at rods and bait to determine if people were shark fishing. That is no longer the case. If that happens, please keep my number handy as I will gladly forward them the email from the state confirming that ALL bans are unenforceable. If you are having problem with a certain county, you can let me know and I can reach out beforehand so that you won't be harassed while fishing.
As for NC, I have reached out to the directors office and I am working with them to get them to move a little faster and resolve this issue.
That's good that you are looking into this. I have not had any issues with shark fishing around the Juno, Boynton area. Most activity I see are people on ATVs staking out turtle nest. I'd still like to see how they go about making a positive identification on who is or who is not shark fishing because one you can shark fish with any rod. Doesn't mean it can be caught. Very subjective unless big hooks, big baits, big reels and maybe a Yak. Then again I've seen guys on the beach with big gear and baits and yaks going after Tarpon. Perhaps if they narrow it down to steel leaders they'd be able to make a positive ID. Probably have to wait until they see and actual shark caught in order to enforce some stupid law. Then again I've seen sharks caught without the slightest interest in catching them....just goes on and on, the nonsense.
Thats what I am trying to explain. They no longer need to make that determination because they can no loger stop you from doing it. I can go to any beach I want right now, with an 80W and a bucket full of bait and a big sign that says, "I am shark fishing" and there is nothing no one can do about it. The only time they could stop me, is if I am being reckless and endangering the public. For example, guarded beaches are off limits within the guarded area, AKA the swim area. Do not go drop a shark line above where a family is swimming. Now if you are out on an empty beach and someone shows up and decides to swim under your stuff, kindly let them know what you are doing. If they argue that you have to leave, then refuse. Then again, do not go and set up on an empty beach knowing that it normally gets crowded in a few hours.