I understand that by the definition of closely attended lines, a strike indicator of some sort must be in plain view and accessible at all times. My question related to this law is this.
Let's say for example you are fishing at night on a lake that has a daily bag limit of 5 burbot per person per day. Since burbot are primarily active at night, this is the time of day you would be actively fishing for them. So, say you have 3 or 4 people out fishing with tip-ups for burbot. In theory, all the tip-ups are in plain view, because they are within reasonable distance to you and your friends. However, with 3 or 4 people you could have 15 or 20 tip-ups set out. It is pitch dark out and there is no way to see all of your tip-ups at the same time. Is this in violation of closely attended lines? How about if you are in a cabin and you are all within reasonable distance to your tip-ups (say less than 1/4 mile away)? This rule seems very vague to me and I have a lot of questions about it. In particular the fact that burbot fishing is a night time activity, but yet you have to have your lines in plain view.
It seems to me this is kind of a ridiculous law that is just asking to be broken. I doubt most people who fish very seriously for this fish in areas with closely attended line regulations are not stretching the rules some way or another. Either they have figured out a way to catch them in the day with regularity, or else they are fishing at night and if that is the case then I can't see how they can be closely attending their lines unless they only have one or two lines out at a time.