Gamakatsu, thanks for a good synopsis on what to expect on a Jamaica offshore bottom trip. Decent to excellent fishing depending on the time of the year, and the conditions. And usually the fishing starts to heat up by the middle of December. These trips are not for the novice bottom fishermen, and you must expect a long day, under less then the most comfortable conditions.
What i wanted was a current report if they made it out last weekend. One of our members on this board, posted that he was going out, and i just wanted to hear from him how he did.
Grady Sailfish, you are correct about what Richie Kessinger would say, before leaving the dock on his offshore cod trips. They would sometimes, take a look through bags and coolers as you boarded the vessel. He would also tell his customers, that he would 'stick them in the mud' for the remaining time of the trip, if someone did bring a small portable loran, or toss something into the water, if Richie saw a boat trying to run him down. I do know of one person, who did bring a loran with him on a trip, but his loran could not lock in, since he was inside the boat. DUMB to say the least.
SeaJay, this is a good question, since the TAKING of PROPERTY BY FORCE is a robbery. But on the water, a master/ Captain of a vessel has very broad powers, that are intendended to maintain the safety of the vessel, and the well being of the passengers and crew. The difference once you pass into federal waters which is from 3 miles off a states high water mark, is that you can be prosecuted in a Federal court, instead of the states court.
I do not know of any case where a loran/GPS unit was confiscated from a customer, and this issue was brought to a court. I do know that loran/GPS locations have been ruled by a Florida court a number of years ago, as intellectual property. In a particular case, a charter boats loran book was stolen, and photocopied. The individual who eventually got caught was successfully prosecuted and fined, since the captain who had his book stolen claimed, that his numbers where he fished, were gathered over many years, and was the basis for his business....thus, by having his book photocopied, it would cause harm and effect future earnings, since this privileged information would be available to others.
We do know that their are now many places to get fishing locations extremely easily. Books, charts and internet sites now give the exact locations to many spots. Use these as a basis for starting your own book. Everyone in the wreck fishing business learns from the ground up. The more you out are on the water, the more familiar you get with the bottom in your area. And with special vector/bathymetric software now available for a reasonable price, it makes finding particular areas of bottom so much easier.
I realize that this topic got skewed to the bringing of portable electronic locations devices aboard party and charter boats, but this is something, that really should be a 'no brainer' when you make a offshore wreck trip. Leave those devices at home, and if you want to know where you are fishing, become a regular on these trips, and ask the mate. It is no big deal to ask where a vessel is fishing and even some captains will tell you if asked. This is the best advice i can give you about this topic.
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