Responsible for you Wake
Three weeks ago I was in Cape May, NJ on vacation. I decide I was going take the family's 15' Boston Whaler out to the middle of the Delaware Bay by myself and catch Flounder/Fluke.
I leave early in the morning (6:00 AM), and I am now at Brandywine Lighthouse in the middle of the bay fishing. A large cruiser like, Sea Doo for Dad, is coming up the bay. Keep in mind the Delaware Bay is probably 20-30 miles wide where I am, I cannot see land. The Captain/driver starts to come in my direction, at me, throwing a huge, huge wake. I have my life vest on, I start the boat to take the wave at the bow, instead of the wave hitting me broadside and capsizing me. It would have, no doubt. I took on a bunch of water but that was no big deal to me, I hand pumped it out.
Even though my Whaler is unsinkable, I would have been royally f*cked, if the boat was upset. The cruiser just kept motoring. After that an empty tanker (ship) cruising out the bay was my next super-sized wave to contend with. I can understand the passing ship, but the cruiser wave was way out of line, he came right at me. Immediately afterwards I thought of the Sea Doo for Dad mess and wondered do any of the Captains realize that they are responsible for their wake? I see the large cruisers in the C&D canal making huge waves and there are small boats getting blasted by these waves.
I realize that I am in a small boat in the middle of the bay, but none the less. Where is the courtesy, or concern for the safety of others. My $.02
The large waves didn't really bother me that bad, what bothered me is I came home fishless, none I caught were bigger than 18" New Jersey minimum lenght for Flounder (Delaware is 18 1/2"). And the Delaware Police where patrolling the Bay and gave me a ticket. A salt water fishing license is required in Delaware. Once I was in the shipping channel I was considered to be in Delaware, not New Jersey according the officers. Drifting due to the tide from NJ to DE is not considered an "act of God." Furthermore the Delaware Police (marine) did not like my almost 18" Flounder, it was actually 17". The Police kept my flounder and gave me a ticket for $61.50 for an undersized Flounder. That was an expensive Flounder, guess the cops had fish for lunch, he wouldn't give my fish back to me. For $61.50 I thought I could keep the fish, oh well, live and learn.