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DNR to ban swimming in rough conditions - what about surf fishing?

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I see they intend to exclude wind surfers from the ban. What about surf fisherman? I've fished some pretty rough days in the past.
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Just carry a bar of soap in your pocket, and if they ask, tell 'em you're not swimming: you're bathing. [joking]

Personally, I'm tired of all these nanny laws, because you simply can't govern against stupidity. For instance, I don't need a sticker telling me not to stick my hand under a lawn mower when it's running... if someone actually does, the sticker isn't going to stop 'em.
I’ll let you know if I get ticketed. I haven’t seen many guys actively wading out into rough surf in a while. I bet its been more than 10 years since I used a wading belt. Used to see some really brave fools at Platte Bay and Harrisville…..

I fish some 13 footers with either 8 or 10 pound. If I can’t reach them from knee deep water with 2 or 2.5 ozs, I won’t be able to hold the bottom with even a three.
You can't stop Darwin! Remember the Darwin awards? I grew up on a farm and I know what bites and what doesn't. Nobody has common sense these days.
Just carry a bar of soap in your pocket, and if they ask, tell 'em you're not swimming: you're bathing. [joking]

Personally, I'm tired of all these nanny laws, because you simply can't govern against stupidity. For instance, I don't need a sticker telling me not to stick my hand under a lawn mower when it's running... if someone actually does, the sticker isn't going to stop 'em.
Define rough conditions. I was a competitive swimmer, and have body surfed in waves over 10' in Lake Michigan. I wouldn't recommend it for people who hadn't been competitive swimmers, but never felt in danger. I surely didn't do that right next to a pier.
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They haven’t gotten me yet. Although I’ve had a few warnings.
There’s a whole bunch of reasons I don’t fish there. Lol. Last year on two separate occasions I had to call a county dispatch (911), to get a pier reopened after police tape and notices had closed it the previous evening.
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Okay, thinking about it (a rarity); the DNR can probably close beaches in state property (state parks). Certainly not on private property or other governmental units. The piers can be closed typically by police order for dangerous conditions, or construction. I don’t recommend going past a fenced off pier area with no trespassing signs. Seems to me a popular angler at GH got ticketed for it; got the charged reduced to littering but still paid 400.00
Simple. Just follow the rules. Just because you're fishing in heavy surf doesn't mean you're not in danger.
I’ve literally been fishing the pier and surf for 50 years. Sorry not about to let a 30 year old control freak decide when I can fish. It just isn’t going to happen.
Simple. Just follow the rules. Just because you're fishing in heavy surf doesn't mean you're not in danger.
I just remember having red flag beach days with 3 foot waves before. That's not too much for surf fishing.
The CG came out on mkg s pier when it was in disrepair and icy…..escorted a friend off. I’ve fished in much worse conditions w ice creepers.
If I saw a CO on the beach or the pier I would have a heart attack from the surprise.
I’ve seen COs on the piers of both Grand Haven and St Joe on several occasions. Once in Frankfort.
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The problem with these type of rules is, the bar will always change based on who's deciding what constitutes "rough conditions". All it takes is some pencil pusher with a new job who has been sheltered their entire life and 1 footers become life endangering conditions.
Just carry a bar of soap in your pocket, and if they ask, tell 'em you're not swimming: you're bathing. [joking]

Personally, I'm tired of all these nanny laws, because you simply can't govern against stupidity. For instance, I don't need a sticker telling me not to stick my hand under a lawn mower when it's running... if someone actually does, the sticker isn't going to stop 'em.
COs have been out checking licenses a few times on piers I’ve been on. Also once on Muskegon lake.
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More rules. America is so great.

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