- Boating Rules Violations.
- Boat Ramp User Protection.
- Waterway Violations.
Participants in a North Carolina fishing tournament Saturday hurriedly rushed to the fishing grounds ignoring the “No Wake” warning sign near a boat ramp launch area. One man on the floating dock had to hold on tightly to avoid getting thrown in the water as waves from the boats caused the dock to rock wildly.
The boats had passed just by twenty minutes earlier headed south along the Intracoastal Waterway past the Sunset Beach NC boat ramp area toward Bird Island. The group obviously got some information to turn back north — with about 20 of their boats – some of them having three motors on their stern – traveling from 30-60 m.p.h. past the ramp with a man there who was to be picked up by friends in another boat.
Often this water area is patrolled by Brunswick County law enforcement, who chases boat owners down on jet skis and hands out warning tickets, but there were not in sight today.
I’m not sure what tournament this was but there were a lot of boats with fishing decals on their sides: it certainly wouldn’t be worth causing someone to drown or get seriously hurt in the process, as what nearly happened to the lone person on the dock.
Many of the boats were obviously sponsored by commercial interests, with company logos on the sides depicting outdoor gear for fishing. Nearly all the boats were 16 feet or longer for deep sea fishing and travel, with a multitude of rods in the holders on the back of the boats.