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Virus and fishing

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What’s everybody’s opinion on going fishing during these times we are dealing with. Me or none of my family are sick, just wondering how responsible it is to load up and spend the day on the water. I know they say limit travel but if we are not in contact with anyone else does it matter?
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I'm planning on going. I 'm just going to leave payment and stay away. I already sprayed all my money and wallet with Lysol. Good Luck
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Can't see where it would hurt other than consideration for those in the boat with you. Practice staying 6 feet away from everyone else and you should be safe. Wash your hands a lot. Pay extra attention so that noone is injured - this is a bad time should someone need medical attention!
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I hope they keep us outdoorsman able to enjoy the things we love to do. If they keep us from towing our boats to our favorite fishing holes that would be a bummer. Me and the Mandevillian fished the T-Funcky couple of days ago and we were able to easily fish safely distanced from each other on my boat. Arkansas just announced that they have suspended all resident and non resident fishing licenses until further notice to promote the outdoors to kids and families that have been adversely effected by the CoVid-19 Pandemic. Why can’t Louisiana do the same to help us go out and enjoy the lakes and rivers we have here to go out and catch fish, crabs and shrimp for our families during this uncertain world we have been thrust into?? Let’s go fishing!
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GB3,Dat Arkansas state is a great one and Wifey and I vacation to Arkansas every year and we plan to hit de Ozarks possibly before end of Summer.Love ya big azz Alumacraft and we most definitely were practicing 'social distancing' but de doggone T-Funky fish were likewise practicing 'their version of social distancing'.I love the lil jewels I was tossing Th and today-they look better than live and dem hooks plenty,plenty sharp.Older son headed out to 'fish magnet' about an hour ago,hope he nabs some fine and tasty slabs and might even nab a lunker bass or two!!!My personal opinion is that this CoVid 19 virus NO DOUBT been around possibly 6 months,if not longer and the most irresponsible thing was to NOT cancel Mardi Gras.Look at how many Louisiana residents have been stricken and why else other than exposure via International Crowds via Mardi Gras!!!Now dat I got dat off my chest,time to get to work on prospective new Medicare Client-he got a kick outta de ole Mandevillian chatting while chasing T-Funky fish!!!How dat for social distancing and working remotely!!!Will check my calendar and this Wed may work out!!!

Mandevillian
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Fish don't have the virus so as long as you maintain the same precautions as you would in a grocery store (especially hand to hand exchanges of ANYTHING and door knobs) I don't see why fishing would be a dangerous outdoor fun trip even in this current condition.
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I went fishing last week and I plan on going more this week, weather permitting, only person I came in contact with was the bait salesman at the launch
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Nothing for or against in the Governor's 'Stay at Home Order' issued today to start at 5pm Monday.

https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/93

I thought about it but decided that the intent of the order should be obeyed.

Ogre
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A friend of mine posted a notice saying that it is believed that one source of contracting/spreading the virus is gas station pumps. If you go don’t forget to bring gloves or sanitizing wipes and think about everything you touch. Be safe fellas!
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if you can ride your bike in your neighborhood, walk your dogs, why can't you go fishing? close contact with NO ONE,
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I come home from fishing yesterday, my wife was watching golf on tv , couldn’t believe that they had crowds of people neck to neck clapping and cheering there favorite player , yep sure way to spread the nasties around 👍 and the funny thing was that no one gave a rat azz about safety , Yup way to go people 👎🏻
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I think all sports on TV are reruns.
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yeah i thought the same thing at first, but it was a rerun
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Wifey pointed out something I really did not pay attention to and that was the number of party barges I spotted on T-Funky yesterday with folks way closer than 6 ft apart.Yep totally agree that this is way over-blown not that it is not a serious illness but have gotten some information from well-informed sources that there is reasonable evidence that this strain of virus HAS been around since about the Nov,Dec time-frame and had been not properly diagnosed.Just heard on Fox News that there are newer testing devices that give results in 45 minutes.Now see how many cases get documented.There are most likely individuals that are asymptomatic,never will become symptomatic and have developed immunity to the disease.Seems like those most at risk are frail,elderly,the very young and those with underlying diseases.

Mandevillian
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Got the following from the Louisiana Charter Boat Association yesterday evening. Now the problem is people canceling trips. I for one have a lot of open dates, so if you are looking for a last minute trip, now is the time.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced a statewide stay-at home order, which will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

According to the Governor's Chief-of-Staff Mark Cooper, charter guides may continue operating as long as there are 10 or fewer individuals on your vessel, something that is not a concern for the vast majority of you. You are allowed to keep working because charter guides fit within the description of 'Maritime Transportation Workers,' according to the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidelines.

Click here for complete details of the Governor's order, and if you chose to continue operating, please follow all necessary safety precautions
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Capt Rory,Awesome news for the Charter Guides,wonder if de recs gonna catch hell for fishing.The way I look at it and bet I will have quite a following is that either solo fishing or maintaining reasonable distance between folks fishing together constitutes 'social distancing' and I NEVER use bait,other than the soft plastics I finesse fish with.Just had nice conversation with Medicare Clients(couple)and guided the hubby to soft plastics suited for sac a lait.We eat lotta fish and if groceries are getting scarce,guess what,gonna start cooking plenty of fine azz sac a lait,bass,channel catfish,not catching any perch but will keep the bigger ones.Think de big ole sac a lait scare off perch from their beds,dat why I rarely nab perch where I have been fishing,just hope the doggone roads don't get closed off.If all else fails,Wifey and I are Health Insurance Brokers and with folks scrambling around searching for Health Insurance,who needs the services of a trusted Health Broker now more than ever!!Who can tell us otherwise dat we are NOT ESSENTIAL!!

Mandevillian
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I too am very interested in the responses here. It is just me and my two kids who are dying to go fishing. They sat on the boat in the shop today listening to the radio. We live together so 6' is not the issue. I just don't want to be 'that guy' who is saying the hell with it and cruising down the thruway to the launch. I cannot find anywhere where is is saying you can or you can't. I feel it can't hurt as the truck and the boat are both gassed up and I don't need to stop. On the fence here. But wanna fish. It may well be better for the kids to be out and much easier on my pantry. By Friday I suspect they will start eating the sheetrock in my house. Teenagers never stop eating.
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Take 'em fishing. Maintain a safe distance from others. Fresh air and sunshine will do them good. Vitamin D is important - I understand you get enough exposed to 15 minutes of direct sunlight. Have everyone really pay attention to what they're doing - no accidents requiring medical help!!!!!
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Thanks for all the responses, I'm on the fence too. Didn't want to be the only person at the launch also. I see a handful of boats on the road every day so guess its not a total shutdown. I live close to lake verret and more than likely take the kids my first day off from work.
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Very much agree with CCAguns dat going fishing and maintaining “social distancing” plus getting Vitamin D via sunshine is good medicine. Wifey and I got plenty yard work staring us in de face and gonna tackle dat today and get in touch with my fishing buddy to see if he still wants to go. Hope we all enjoy whatever activities we can that do not increase any risk. Can’t see how fishing would expose us unless we do not exercise vigilance and guess getting gas might expose one to germs on gas pump but other than that not sure we expose ourselves by going fishing with proper vigilance. Fact dat I never use bait means one less stop🎩🎣🐠

Mandevillian
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I will just feel slightly guilty pulling my boat down the highway during a stay at home order.
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Go fishing folks. This is not marshal law. No one is going to stop you, and besides you have a right to be out and about as you are going to make groceries. The marinas are open and the fishing is hot.
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I want to go to my camp, but that's a 4 hour drive for me. If I lived closer to the water, i would be on the boat. Y'all have fun and post pictures for the rest of us.
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I would like to add a comment in hopes that it does not damage anyone's feelings. The problem is not so much in what you do as to who you come in contact with. Being a military veteran this hits home to me after seeing the experiments that were carried out on us by other countries. Please American, take this seriously. What you have not thought about is a over taxed medical system trying to save those that are contagious. Doctors and Nurses have put in tireless hours to help us through all of this. If your are injured or hurt seriously there may be no space available for you in a medical facility. At best you are beginning to see make shift hospitals set up in convention centers. These are combat situations and you will be put in combat environments. Enjoy and be careful, slow down just a little on throttle, and please good judgement on the bottle.
In Ascension Parish we dealing with the millennials characteristics where no one wants to follow the rules. Kids are still grouping together, kid riding off road equipment with no protection, adults riding golf carts drinking beer with babies in their arms, and motorcycles being ridden with no helmets. We can give thanks to a Sheriff's Department that refuses to enforce the laws of this state. If any of the above mentioned were injured, the doctor's and nurses would not look kindly on this situation. Oh, forgot one thing--the ice cream truck riding around causing these groups of kids to all mingle in a close environment and where are the parents??? The driver of that truck could be spreading Covid to all of our kids--great !!@!@!!
Enjoy your trips--Please American you were valuable to me while in the military and we need people to step up for what is right before we destroy this country. When take a bite of that fish--think of me (Agent Orange exposed) and very sick today.
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Per the Order, an activity is essential if the purpose of the activity is one of the following:...
- Section 3 F. 'Engaging in outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size established in this proclamation.'

I'd say fishing is an outdoor activity.
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fireman1402,Totally agree and Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight can't and will not hurt.Just be extra-vigilant and act as though you may have the virus and maintain more than 6 feet between folks.Kudos to the folks at Academy(at least the Hammond location)and the Covington Home Depot.Yesterday while stopping for soft plastics for sac a lait(sadly they did not have what I was looking for,Spoiler Shad),I was detained outside until my entry would make 25 customers in store and they had tape in 6 ft intervals,maintaining that amount of 'social distancing'(outside store).Home Depot had similar scenario,though I do not know what their number of customers was.We are quickly having to adapt and amend our normal routines and I for one do not mind folks not getting too close and lately seems everyone is heeding the 6 ft of spacing.Hope T-Funky slabs cooperate!!

Mandevillian
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+1 What Swamp Lizard said! Just like him, I did not ask for Agent Orange either. Once you get stuff you have to live with it.
But then Lizard, like the General says 'you can't fix stupid!' and I think it is pretty much endemic in Louisiana.
Ogre
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Go fishing people. This is going to be a long haul. People need a stress relief. Fishing is mine and I have no intention of being stressed out the next 6 months or so. And yes the virus has been here for at least that long just not diagnosed properly.
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I work for the government and they are making me come to work...as well as a few hundred other people at the same complex. If it is safe enough for me to report to work and be around a few hundred people, it is surely safe enough for me to spend time in a boat by myself.
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This is exactly what I have suspected for quite some time and have not yet had the chance to read and digest the latest from de Advocate but in my humble opinion,this virus has more than likely been hanging around since possibly last year and anyone in the medical profession will admit that a misdiagnosis of pneumonia might very well have been a severe case of CoVid 19.Had New Orleans had the foresight to cancel Mardi Gras,perhaps the New Orleans area and those states and countries where folks came from might not be in the dire straits they currently are.Just a humble opinion but misdiagnosis and mismanagement is not helping matters.As far as stress relief goes,I like to joke about it but lately it is almost 100% accurate dat I ONLY fish the days dat end in 'Y'!!Love my solo trips,don't mind having no more than one other angler aboard and I doubt we will see serious flattening of the curve for quite some time,despite valliant efforts by the Gov't!!This virus is most likely being carried by way more folks than we know,just some have extra-strong immune systems and bet there are folks out there who have had it,thought is was regular influenza and fought it off and perhaps are now immune but are carriers.Just a thought to ponder!!

Mandevillian
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I have to count myself in as far as mismanagement goes as Wifey and I and her sister and husband plus our older son participated in the Endymion Parade,selling plenty,plenty bathroom passes and had I had ANY indication of the possibility of contracting CoVid 19,NO WAY would any of us attended dat parade.Have seen a few reports of folks that were asymptomatic,did indeed have CoVid19 and are NOW immune to coronaviruses!!Food for thought and I for one do not want to have test done UNLESS there are ample testing devices for EVERYONE.I happen to know the physician who owns the company trying to develop vaccine and I understand they are taking blood samples from folks who tested positive,fought off disease,developed Immunity!!Did see where an IMMUNITY REGISTRY being established,great idea and one way to develop vaccine!

Mandevillian
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https://www.wafb.com/2020/04/01/ldwf-hunting-fishing-are-still-perfectly-legal-during-covid-pandemic/
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Thanks for the link and my take on fishing was that if Charter Guides were allowed to fish,why can't the rec's fish.Just today saw two St.Tammany Sheriff's deputies in one of their fine boats,waved to em and they were close enough for me to brag about nice slab I hauled in today and showed it off to em.Guess there are plenty of sources of mis-information out there and with all the stress in everyone's lives,solo fishing just de medicine lotta folks desperately need and it helps to have plenty of space(other than on week ends)on gorgeous T-Funky.One of these trips might tag along Go-Pro not to give spots away but to show the shear beauty of the T-Funky.As far as spots go,plenty,plenty of spots to chase dem delicious slabs and I seem to be nabbing bigger and bigger slabs on each and every trip-goal is to not only locate huge school but to nab beast up to and exceeding 3 lbs,know where a few dem beasts lurk!!

Mandevillian
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