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Old 17 September 2012, 06:35   #1
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Jet Ski Sucked in my fishing line

Now I like jet ski's, had many a weekend doing nothing else a few years ago. I was fishing between the islands off Abersoch at around 3 knotts, spinning, fishing rod held high so it could be seen easily... in my yam360s, with my 5 year old son. The odd jetski comes towards you and uses you as a reference point to turn near.... no problem with this, all good fun... as long as the rider knows not to come too close to the stern area where the line must be.. One guy does not keep his distance and the line is sucked up into the 200bhp machine, and the rod is almost dragged from my hand... I shouted for him to stop, and he just turned away and gunned it off. Luckily the moment he lifted off the throttle and then turned the line was released. (he would not of known this)

Why did he not stop when he saw my line was caught? Maybe he thought I was going to swear and abuse him (I know many fisherman that would). I would not, I just did not want to loose my rod or worse hit my little boy in the face with the rod... You would of thought he would stop and put safety first before his worry about a bollocking or paying for a 2 bit of lead and hook... neither of which would happen in my case.
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Old 17 September 2012, 11:59   #2
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Maybe he didn't realize it had been caught. A fishing line slowing a, what, 400? 600? lb machine under power isn't going to cause much of a delta V. And someone running up on you at speed may be looking at too much else to notice the fishing rod.

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Old 17 September 2012, 12:56   #3
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I was on a charter boat trolling in the med once when a jet ski got tangled in one of our trolling lines despite the skipper warning him to stay clear.

He noticed alright though, as we were using pretty heavy gear and it nearly took his head off !
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Old 17 September 2012, 14:25   #4
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had a complete tosser fishing off the causeway to the sailing club a couple of weeks ago. He had allowed enough line to float out from the beach that it was in the middle of the traffic coming and going into the harbour. I was probably 100 feet or so from the beach on the rib when I caught his fishing line around the bow of the RIB. I am not sure how it actually managed to get so high up the bow, but it was caught on the rubbing strake around the front of the tube. i stopped and unhooked him and pulled in yards and yards of line and eventually a weight and hook. I lobbed it all back into the shallows only to be sworn at by the idiot drifting his lines into busy shipping lanes. i should have just opened it up and taken his rod with me.
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I caught a jet skier the other day off a pier it was his right of way but I had no chance of reeling in any line as he was doing about 25 knots in a 6 knot speed limit and he run into the line across his chest.

No harm done but I might get some of that 'Red Ice' line if it will help knobours like that avoid the line and then maybe they will stop doing donuts right where me and the kids are fishing
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Why did he not stop when he saw my line was caught?
I doubt he knew it was caught at that speed and with that engine noise, in a split second look he probably didn't have time to register. I imagine natural instinct for jet skier when someone remonstrates with them is either to leave ASAP, or to get bolshy and aggressive back - so probably actually best he left the scene.

We all make errors of judgement sometimes and from what I can see human nature is rarely to immediately stop and appologise.
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I imagine natural instinct for jet skier when someone remonstrates with them is either to leave ASAP, or to get bolshy and aggressive back
Whereas I suppose your average ribber would offer to pay for any damage, forgive your sins, raise the dead and reconcile the russians and the chinese..
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Whereas I suppose your average ribber would offer to pay for any damage, forgive your sins, raise the dead and reconcile the russians and the chinese..
No hence the following sentence that you forgot to quote!

However its likely from what I've seen in real life and on this forum and others that the Jetskier will have been shouted at before for things (sometimes, but not necessarily always, justified). In which case he's unlikely to have realised the OP's protests were specific rather than generic anti-ski 'attacks'.

In contrast the only time I have (knowingly) been shouted at in a RIB was by someone looking for help, or on one occasion when someone thought I was the harbour master and offered me money! Accordingly if someone shouts at me in a rib I am inclined to go and speak to them.
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No hence the following sentence that you forgot to quote!
That wasn't in your original post.
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That wasn't in your original post.
Eh, yes it was. I've not edited my post.
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We all make errors of judgement sometimes and from what I can see human nature is rarely to immediately stop and appologise.
But then I suppose that just goes to prove my point
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