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Old 10 November 2014, 06:30   #1
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Running an engine whilst fishing

Hi all, sorry to ask such a stupid question, but as im new to boating i have silly questions in my head.
I have a 3.8m Quicksilver rib with a Honda 15 hp outboard.
Do I keep my engine running throughout my fishing trip ? Or do I turn it off whilst im fishing ? I wont be far off shore aprox 500 meters.
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Old 10 November 2014, 07:24   #2
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I suppose it depends on what sort of fishing you are doing. In Chi Harbour, a lot of the guys fishing in the channel go out a fair way and drift back in with the tide. As long as your engine is a reliable starter, can't see why you would want to keep it running? I guess you can always drop anchor as well? I don't fish, so could be talking nonsense? There are plenty on here that do and I am sure will be along shortly.
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Old 10 November 2014, 07:35   #3
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No such thing as a silly or stupid question - especially when its about safety

I know the dilemma but one of the reasons that I go out fishing is for the peace and "quiet" so if it is safe to do so re location then I always my engine off.

I assume you will have all the other essential kit with you if your engine doesn't start. Check out this link/s for some really good top tips for angling

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If at anchor I always switch engine off but not before anchor is set. Like wise when I recover anchor always start outboard first.

If drift fishing it depends on the length of the drift and the hazards around as to whether I turn off or keep it running.
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Old 10 November 2014, 08:18   #5
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That's not a stupid question Hoss, Quite a debatable scenario in many drift fishing situations, first thought being are you likely to drift into hazard anytime soon, if not then you could drift fish with engine off, you would need to be confident your engine will restart of course, and make sure you have adequate safety equipment, a suitable anchor with enough rope for whatever depth your drifting into, vhf preferably waterproof, small inshore flare pack, a flask of tea, Welsh cakes and a packet of Scotland's finest shortbread etc.
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This is good advise and deffo taken on board thank you
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If at anchor I always switch engine off but not before anchor is set. Like wise when I recover anchor always start outboard first.

If drift fishing it depends on the length of the drift and the hazards around as to whether I turn off or keep it running.
Like the Man said
(it depends)
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Old 10 November 2014, 12:15   #8
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If at anchor I always switch engine off but not before anchor is set. Like wise when I recover anchor always start outboard first.
If drift fishing it depends on the length of the drift and the hazards around as to whether I turn off or keep it running.
^^^This.
If the engine's starting is suspect then you shouldn't be out in the first place.
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Old 10 November 2014, 12:19   #9
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I don't fish, but it is just a general boating rule for me.

Peace and quit is always nice, so motor off when stopped in a safe place. If there is not enough time to attempt to start the motor, fail, and deploy the anchor, then the motor stays running. If close to a shore break and we are pulling anchor the motor is running. Many times though the ocean is calm and we pull anchor casually with the motor off.

When we see whales and other marine mammals and want them to come closer to us, the motor gets shut off. Often they are curious, especially the dolphins, and they will come close in to check us out. I have had sea lions jumping between the outboard and the tubes. Harbor seals have put their front legs on the boat while staring at us from less than a foot away. (Note as a diver the harbor seals will nibble our fins and heads.)
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Good question Hoss68.

When I go fishing I'm generally on my own so I don't turn the engine off, simply fire her into neutral and drift.

There is a spot I go to where I have brought crew along also. However it is an inlet with cliff faces each side and rocks sitting in deep water, so no turning off the engine there either

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. No good answer for that maybe I need to get the anchor out and try with her shut down .....

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