Fishing safety is often a topic that is overlooked, especially
when your fishing trip is just sitting in the grass by a small
pond. There are still many things to keep in mind and remember
whether your by yourself in a boat or with kids at a park.
- Hooks – Be careful with sharp hooks when preparing your
- Casting – Try not to get too close to others when casting
your line, and be sure to watch behind you for obstacles and
- Tackle Box -Do not leave your tackle on the ground, someone
may trip over it
- Hook Removal – If a hook is deep within a fishes mouth
do not stick your hand inside, use some kind of removal tool,
and if that does not work, cut the line as far back as possible
to release the fish
- Lures & Hooks – Always remove lures and hooks from your
line before you pick up and move.
- Life Vest – Whenever your kids are anywhere near water be
sure they wear a proper fitting approved life vest.
- Hats – Wear a hat, they keep you cool in summer and warm in
winter and also help to block sunlight.
- Sunglasses – Protect your eyes from both hooks and sunlight
by wearing sunglasses, polarized sunglasses also help to see
under the surface of the water.
- Weather – Dress for the current weather conditions and
forecast and be prepared for change.
- Shoes – Always wear shoes, on the water and land, stray
fishing items, hook and broken glass are dangerous to when not
- Equipment – make sure all required equipment and first aid
boxes are aboard.
- Devices – Know how to properly use your rescue
- Weight – Don’t overload your boat and always make sure
weight is evenly distributed
- Obstacles – Make sure all low water damns, and restricted
areas are a safe distance away.
- Bad Weather – Keep your eyes on the weather and try not to
get caught in a storm, if you are make sure your life jacket is
on and cautiously head for the shore.
- Shallows – Travel slower than normal in shallows and places
where flooded trees may be.
- Night – Be sure your running lights are on when traveling
at night so others can see you.
Another thing to remember is its always safer with a friend
and it always makes your fishing experiences better and safer
when bringing a friend along for the trip.
By Jesse G. Roland