Going out on a fishing trip? Nothing can help you enjoy the water, beach and nature quite like a good fishing trip. The fresh air, sunshine, the relaxing water but safety should be at the forefront of your mind. Always make sure you take these simple safety rules into consideration before heading out on the water. It is always better to be prepared for anything mother nature can throw at you and it is quite often when a fisherman over-estimates their knowledge or preparedness that accidents happen. The best fishermen know that being prepared and safe is a priority over anything else.
- If fishing from a boat, always wear a life jacket and make sure everyone in your party does as well.
- Don't fish in areas where it is not permitted. These areas are declared “off limits” to protect wildlife, the environment, or for your own safety.
- Always bring along extra gear including flashlights, water, snacks, warm, dry clothes and a first aid kid. Its better to be prepared then left out in the cold.
- Always wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the environment you are fishing in.
- Stay dry, warm and protected from the elements. Wear a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15.
- Wear thin layers of clothing including water-resistant and wind-blocking layers near your core.
- Use insect repellant and proper clothing.
- Keep your fishing knives sharp and cover the blade when not in use.
- Handle all fish carefully. They squirm and jump and can bite you.
- Use caution and care when baiting and removing hooks.
- nsure you have all the appropriate permits required by your state before heading out. Noone wants a fine and to lose their catch.
If you follow these simple rules, you will enhance the overall experience and focus on nature, the outdoors and just being on the water. Check out our charter boat and fishing lodge listings and start planning your next fishing adventure right here at MuckTrek.com.