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    Default Do Boats Spook Fish?

    I have the larger rivers in mind like the Trent which at times sees enormous barges passing along it's course.

    After many years of fishing the Trent I have come to the conclusion that boats do not scare fish at all. In fact there are times when boats attract fish. Certain species such as chub and perch love to lay under boats and I have had experiences in the past where tench will head for your boat just after it has been moored.

    I certainly believe that even on a large river like the Trent, a conspicuous angler will scare far more fish than a boat passing by.

    But what do you think?

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    Default Re: Do Boats Spook Fish?

    Having never fished the Trent ( And haven’t fished the Severn enough to form a constructive opinion) my own observations to larger rivers can only relate to the Upper Thames that I have fished for many years.

    My personal beliefs are:
    I have never noticed that motor boats adversely affect the way fish bite.
    Motor noise does not appear to disturb fish or affect spawning.
    As boats would be a common factor in the life of a fish I also believe a moored boat, recently or otherwise, would be accepted as ‘natural cover’.
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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    Default Re: Do Boats Spook Fish?

    I don't think that boats piloted by responsible people are regarded as a danger by fish.

    Outboard engines also have a tendency to oxygenate the water. I have noticed certain species of fish following outboard powered boats during warm weather.

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    Last summer on the Thames near Putney I noticed on one particular day that every time the rowing boats tore thru my swim I got a bite within seconds.
    When there wasn't a boat in my swim I didn't get a bite.

    Oxygenation? Cover from cormorants? Water more clouded? Food stirred up?

    Not sure...maybe all the above....or something else.

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    I,m sure the fish get used to motor boats, moored narrow boats will attract big chub and perch as a free lined worm will prove. Here on the upper Cam we have another problem. ****ing PUNTS !, idiot Japanese and American tourists apparently trying to re-enact the battle of the coral sea without any idea how to navigate. The metal tipped poles being rammed into the gravel river bed kills the fishing as soon as the first punt passes. Further downstream we have the rowing eights,they are just a hindrance, shouting " Stroke....Stoke.....Stroke this " usually gets a laugh.
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    Default Re: Do Boats Spook Fish?

    stroke what?
    i think thats what they called me.

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    Default Re: Do Boats Spook Fish?

    Ron

    i've been lead to believe that a boat stirring up the bottom attract fish to the food bits
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    Default Re: Do Boats Spook Fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Paul of Sheffield View Post
    Ron

    i've been lead to believe that a boat stirring up the bottom attract fish to the food bits
    Like raking a Tench swim ?
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    Default Re: Do Boats Spook Fish?

    Just the same way as a rake will attract tench.

    The one aspect of boats that fish do no like is clumping around on the deck of the boat, this transmits directly into the water and spooks fish. To prevent this it's a good idea to carpet the bottom of your boat if you use one for fishing.

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    The sound of your footfall is a problem, maybe Hush Puppies should make waders.
    Last edited by beerweasel; 23-05-2011 at 11:12.
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