This past weekend, a buddy and I were fishing a tournament at a local lake. At the end of the tournament we ended up fishing into the cove in which the ramp was located. We were within a no-wake zone and approximately 30-50 yards from the dock/ramp. As is usual procedure when fishing a tournament with a buddy, I proceded to the front deck of the boat (with life vest secured :C ) and leaned against the lean post (butt post or whatever you want to call it). The boat was under power of the outboard as my buddy drove to the dock and left me off to retrieve the rig. During this whole process a truck with 2 watercaft officers had been watching the 30-something bass boats do the same general thing as we were coming in for weigh-in. As we loaded our boat we were approached by one of the officers and told that we were "bow-riding" and that he was giving us a verbal warning. He stated he could give us a ticket for said violation. He asked us if we understood. We did not, but to expedite the procedure we said we understood. Afterwards we discussed what we did trying to figure out just what we did wrong. I even looked in the Rules/Laws of the Watercraft handbook and this is what I found: Sitting, Standing, Walking on Moving Vessels Restricted (ORC 1547.22) No occupant of a vessel underway shall sit, stand, or walk on any area not designed for that movement except when immediately necessary for safe and reasonable navigation or operation. No person shall permit any occupant to violate this section. No person shall operate or permit operation of any vessel in violation of this section. MY observations: 1. It is an extremely gray area of the law. 2. Everyone else was doing the same general thing (doesn't make it right - I know, I know), so why were we approached? 3. Wouldn't most ski boats with an open bow be in violation as well? 4. A typical bass boat will have a tag for 4 occupants, etc. A typical bass boat only has seats in the cockpit area for 3 people. Where is the fourth "legally" supposed to sit? Any further insight from the legally responsible members of this site?