My 2 cents
October 21, 2012 at 10:05am
I fish out of a 16.5 Alumacraft and it moves a lot in wind and wakes. The last time I was in Pigeon, I almost got seasick because of all the traffic. But I was in the main channel, so I moved.
Personally, I'd rather you blow by if you have the room and I usually wave boaters by.
If I see you in time (not hidden), I start slowing early so there won't be any wakes. Sometimes I get waved on and I respect those wishes. I like idling by because my 4 stroke is so quiet, I get a chance to chat and find out what's working, etc. And to wish them luck as well. It doesn't hurt to be friendly.
As with everything, you'll find a few knuckle-draggers who think the canal belongs to them only. That's what those boats with the blue lights are for. There's just not enough of them to go around. I don't break the laws (intentionally), so I welcome seeing them.
I go for the enjoyment, not for the fish. I don't even like eating fish too much but it is fun catching them. My 26 year old son is still amazed at some of the sights we see and we have FUN. That makes it worth every dime I spend on gas.