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Old 10 November 2014, 13:43   #11
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Always did wonder about it though. Last few times at this place, fish finder was spotting the fish, but no bites. I wondered if the engine sound was keeping them away.
I used to always believe the "Don't make noise; you'll scare the fish" thing, until I started diving. Fish (to paraphrase Dave Barry) are concerned with 2 things: "Food" and "Yikes", and generally, the "Yikes" part involves immediate, visible or physical threats. You can often get pretty close to fish while diving as long as you don't make sudden moves (and divers make a hell of a lot of noise underwater.)

Fresh water fish, I think, are more skittish than salt water fish, so that may be different. I don't do much freshwater diving.

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Old 10 November 2014, 13:51   #12
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I used to always believe the "Don't make noise; you'll scare the fish" thing,

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Thanks a lot jyasaki, thats 2 new pieces of information for me - I believed the fish would be scared away by the noise - seems not and I also thought divers were silent underwater! Seems not there too
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Old 10 November 2014, 14:58   #13
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Old 10 November 2014, 15:16   #14
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Engine running

I have caught loads of fish while drift fishing with engine running, I've also caught loads of bass in a shallow weedy bay full of seals. In my opinion if the fish are feeding and you offer what they want not much puts them off
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Although fish are far more sensitive to noise underwater than I, with confidence I can say a Honda 4 stroke 15HP is going to be very quite 8 meters down. Scuba divers blow bubbles (Except rebreathers), and the bubbles are really LOUD! Even into my ears, and I wear a 12mm hood. As to fresh water fish, well the ones I have seen while diving don't seem to care much either. Surface feeders tend to be more skittish. While fly fishing (The only kind of catch and release fishing I do) in small streams we do have to be stealthy, but in an ocean, I really wouldn't be concerned with movement and noise.
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Running an engine whilst fishing

I have an Orkney Longliner with a Honda 15hp, I use it for both fly fishing and trolling for salmon and trout, whilst fly fishing I have the engine off but obviously whilst trolling it sits just above idle and I've seen fish take lures just yards from the transom.

Whilst sea fishing recently our skipper never shut off his 2cyl Lister Petter all day and we had a cracking day, granted we were fishing in 30m+.


Like somebody has already said, if you are worried about getting going again after shutting down for a while then you should be thinking twice about going out in the first place.
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Last few times at this place, fish finder was spotting the fish, but no bites. I wondered if the engine sound was keeping them away. No good answer for that maybe I need to get the anchor out and try with her shut down .....
Do you take tides into account when you go fishing T? Fishies round these here parts tend to feed/bite more readily at the turn of the low tide and to a lesser extent at the turn of the high.
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I have faith in my 15 hp Honda 4stroke, but as I will be fishing along the swellies and the Menai straits in wales I'm seriously thinking of purchasing a small backup engine as the waters are so treacherous I cannot risk my safety and play with oars to guide me back to shore.
thanks for all your replies very interesting to hear different thoughts.
Any recommendations on a second outboard I should look at and is the back of the 3.4m quicksilver RIB strong enough to hold 2 outboards at the same time?
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Do you take tides into account when you go fishing T? Fishies round these here parts tend to feed/bite more readily at the turn of the low tide and to a lesser extent at the turn of the high.
Yep tides are always problematic.
Launching on a falling tide has its problems where I am and then staying out for the turn is grand. However, how long do you have to stay out till there is enough of the wet stuff under you to get back in? As I say always a conundrum.

Some times I've had to tie her off at the pier end and come back a few hours later to retrieve her. Creates a bit of a bottleneck at our small harbour.

Anyway I'm not really that serious a fisherman, I do it as an excuse to lie back and drift more times than enough!
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