With the boating season in full swing please watch out of drift gillnets in the Culross, Coghill, Ester and Main Bay areas. When in these areas if you see fishing boats(bowpickers) please please SLOW DOWN and look for the corklines floating on top of the water or better yet just swing way offshore of the boats. I had my gillnet hit the other evening by a boater(hit it dead center at full speed), stopped him dead in the water and did extensive damage to my net and cost me 36 lost hours of fishing time out of a 48 hour fishing period. I reported it to the Coast Guard & Troopers and was told that the boater is responsible(as in dollars) for all damages to the net and for all lost income from lost fishing time.
PLEASE ! PLEASE ! STAY CLEAR OF THE GILLNETS there is lots & lots of room in the Sound for all of us.