2018 OFFICIAL Vancouver-Howe Sound-Sechelt Reports Thread

Discussion in '2018 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by fishin_magician, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. michael_reiber

    michael_reiber Active Member

    Alcohol on board is fine to my understanding, having had it explained to me by a police officer on the ocean you are actually aloud to have open alcohol, BUT you cannot be intoxicated obviously (below .08 BAC).
  2. 63stingray

    63stingray Active Member

    Same rules apply for the boat like a car !! You are not allowed to consume alcohol on a boat I honestly cant believe people have to ask this question lol .
  3. Dclayton

    Dclayton Member

    They asked to see my PCOC, the registration document for the boat, fishing license, life jackets, whistle, re-boarding device, bailer, oars, towing line, fire extinguisher, flashlight.....they seemed to be only interested in checking the fire extinguisher and all documents at first but I asked them to check for everything as it was the first time I have been checked since getting the boat and wanted to make sure I was all good.
  4. sir-vivor

    sir-vivor Well-Known Member

    Simple ..... Just play by the rules and alls good ...... check on boys ! by the way anyone fishing ?
  5. Bait&Sea

    Bait&Sea Active Member

    A buddy did a few passes during the slack yesterday along west van, not much to speak of. I've got my eyes on the weekend if the weather cooperates. Hoping to hit the sound..
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  6. terrin

    terrin Well-Known Member

    Not quite the same rules. In a car no open alcohol, in a boat if it has a cabin that is legally your private space but the workdeck is subject to open alcohol rule.
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  7. fishin_magician

    fishin_magician Well-Known Member

    The less you reason you give someone to look closer...the better.
    Lipping off authorities and telling them to screw off never did anyone any good.
  8. michael_reiber

    michael_reiber Active Member

    No, road laws are provincial managed and ocean is federally managed so it's completely different
  9. seatosky

    seatosky Active Member

    Anyone fished south Bowen this week?

    Anyone find a string with 2 prawn traps in deep water off south of Roger Curtis?
  10. Corey_lax

    Corey_lax Active Member

    Oops. I read the post wrong. Shit
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2018
  11. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    Michael is right provincial vs federal. I have no interest in starting a debate regarding whether consumption of alcohol while boating is safe, or ethical. What I am stating is that there are currently no laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on board a vessel. These laws are provincial and do not apply on the water. Do your own research and reach your own conclusions but based on my conversations with RCMP members I am confident in my opinion. I believe the confusion might be around the .08 law which I think is a criminal code violation and would apply. Don't quote me on that one though. The original poster asked whether brews would be a problem or not and to my knowledge the correct answer is they would not. Please be safe and sensible everyone. Surely we have a member in the group who would be willing to engage. Let's make this conversation a meaningful one that is fueled by facts rather than speculation.

    Now......on a far more fishing report like theme. Can anyone please offer up some intel on prawning around Thasher. I am taking a few work buddies out fishing next week and our usual holes around Tent Island will be closed. We have tried the flat tops a couple of months ago and didn't do well. I figure we will fish Thrasher as it offers the best chance of getting the guys into a winter spring or two. I'd also like to get them into some prawns and crabs. Crabbing has been terrible off of Bear Point (Chemainus) the last few months so any tips there would be great two. Pm me if you'd prefer not o publish it.

  12. 63stingray

    63stingray Active Member

    If you are anchored or moored yes !!
  13. Rain City

    Rain City Well-Known Member

    I was told that only applies to the captain. Your guests can get as blasted as they want as long as you have a head and a bed. I think that's where all the confusion is here.
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  14. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    I've been madly scouring federal and provincial sites including the liquor control act, transport canada and the rcmp. I can't find a clear answer to justify my position and I have to sign off for the night. I was told by an officer who's opinion I value that the act of consuming the alcohol would be penalized under the motor vehicle act which here in BC does not apply on the water. The act of operating a motor vehicle while impaired (>.08) is a criminal code offense(federal). His summation was if you boldly opened up a beer right in front of him while operating your boat as disrespectful as this is he would not be able to successfully cite you. If you were operating a vessel while impaired and he could prove >.08 he would be happy to bust your ass. This is only one officers opinion and they make mistakes with their interpretation of the many laws so........I will dig some more on this one and try and report back with a straight answer and concrete evidence to back it up. I have seen many websites that reference the requirement for sleeping quarters, must be anchored etc. but when you dig deeper these are province specific regulations.

    I'll post back on this one,
  15. bigbruce

    bigbruce Crew Member

    "Driving a Boat Under the Influence of Alcohol
    Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
    Operators with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood are liable to the following fines:

    • 1st offence: at least $1,000 fine
    • 2nd offence: at least 30 days of imprisonment
    • 3rd offence: at least 120 days of imprisonment
    The maximum sentence may vary depending on provincial statutes.

    Consumption of Alcohol on Boats
    Alcohol may be consumed on board the pleasure craft if it meets all of the following conditions:

    • The vessel has permanent sleeping facilities
    • The vessel has permanent cooking facilities
    • The vessel has a permanent toilet
    • The vessel is anchored or secured alongside a dock"
  16. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    Is this a quote from some literature or an opinion?
  17. Dclayton

    Dclayton Member

    Man.......fishing must be slow.....

    I was out on Monday. Fished Tunstall. 6 or 7 to the boat but all just undersized.

    Quick question.....where is the waterfall...gotta try somewhere new?
  18. Willow-Bee

    Willow-Bee New Member

    Hey DClayton,

    Waterfall, is half way down west side of Bowen, about a mile south of Hutt island.
    Depths vary there a lot, so have to follow sounder closely, following the channels, and stay right on top of down-riggers.
    Normally Tunstall produces more but smaller fish from my experience, but have caught a nice winter spring couple years back at the falls, on Irish cream 3.5 spoon.

    Good luck!
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  19. Willow-Bee

    Willow-Bee New Member

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2018
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  20. bigbruce

    bigbruce Crew Member

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