- Handle the hook properly when baiting and removing your catch.
- Whether you are on a boat or off ledges, rocks, riverbank, or by the shore, wearing a life jacket can save your life.
- Make sure to always carry a first-aid box with you when you are fishing from a boat.
Fishing is an enjoyable recreational hobby and adventure you might ever participate in. Even though the activity poses a low risk of injury, it doesn’t mean you should be oblivious to the basic fishing precautionary measures.
To enjoy a safe, comfortable fishing session, you should always keep in mind the basic fishing safety procedures. Since you are engaging with water, wildlife, intermittent outdoor conditions, and risky equipment, you should be mindful of your safety before anything else. So, if you are a starting angler, keep these tips in mind for a more enjoyable and safer angling experience:
Do not stand too close on the edge
This is a no-brainer tip for anglers. Do not stand too close on the edge of the waters, especially when they are deep,
Cast from long distances with a premium fishing rod so you don’t have to fish on the edge. And if a big catch takes a bite, you can fight it without the fear of slipping into the water.
Wear sun protection gear
Beginners tend to overlook this relatively simple tip, thinking it is useless to their angling adventure. But when you’re outdoors, you are risking your skin health. UV damage takes place as fast as 15 minutes when exposed to the sun. What’s worse is water and sand reflect UV rays, hence increasing your exposure. Therefore, make sure to lather a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Wear sun protection gear such as pants, long sleeve shirt, sunglasses, and a hat.
Avoid getting hooked
Take care of hooks because they can cause serious injuries. Handle the hook properly when baiting and removing your catch. Also, make sure to wear proper footwear in fishing areas to avoid stepping on discarded hooks.
Wear a life jacket
Whether you are on a boat or off ledges, rocks, riverbank, or by the shore, wearing a life jacket can save your life. If you are fishing with children, then they should wear life jackets too at all times.
Use and store fishing equipment properly
Fishing rods and hooks can cause injury when mishandled. Therefore, when getting or storing your fishing equipment.
Ensure to cover or remove your hook and hold the rod parallel to the ground when carrying it. And when fishing by the shore, make sure to remain a 10-meter distance from the angler next to you.
When casting, make sure there is no one behind you. Do the same when you’re fighting with a big catch, like a tarpon. Since some fish can be ignorant of baits, make sure to use the proper lure to give you the best chance of catching your ideal fish.
Keep an eye on wildlife
Animals tend to flock around feeding grounds or where food sources are abundant. So, when you’re fishing, look out if there are animals near your fishing spot. Watch out for signs of alligators, snakes, bears, and other aggressive animals. If you see danger signs, relocate quickly or, better yet, pack up and find another fishing area nearby.
Bring first aid kit
Make sure to always carry a first-aid box with you when you are fishing from a boat. When an injury happens, you wouldn’t want to go back to the shore to get your first-aid essentials.
Fishing is such a fun hobby, but it is more enjoyable with these precautionary tips in mind. Have a fun, safe fishing trip!
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