If you’re fishing these circumstances, maintain as much distance from other boats as possible. If not you’re likely to tangle lines, cut off someone’s fish or end up with an angry marlin in your cockpit. And that doesn’t include the irate neighbors you’ll encounter when you return to the dock. If you’re unsure of an offshore situation, the best bet is to hail the captain to find out what’s going on and how you can avoid a predicament. After all, you would want them to do the same for you. In fact, the Golden Rule is one of those universal guidelines for fishing etiquette.