Are you a safe fisher?
Even if you answered yes, there may be a few things you are missing. Sometimes the most experienced anglers can make a mistake. You never know what might happen as you fish. Even though fishing is not a particularly dangerous spot compared to other sports out there, it does have its hazards.
Here are some basic tips that you should know:
•Prepare for the unexpected: bad weather, too much sun, bugs and stray hooks.
•Try to foresee the unexpected by watching weather reports, bringing sunscreen bug spray and a first aid kit.
•Stay with your rod or pole at all times.
•Always wear shoes even when wade fishing.
•Always test your footing before moving forward, be wary of rocks and loose sand.
•Stay away from overhanging power lines (if any).
•Always watch for clearance on your backswing when casting.
•Always wear a life jacket in a boat, especially if you are a weak swimmer.
•When baiting your line, always keep a firm grip on the bait.
•When you land a fish, ease it out of the water slowly. Jerking it out of the water could result in flying hooks if your fish comes loose.
•When fishing with children, always keep an eye on them.
Being prepared for the unexpected means taking a few extra items along with you, besides your gear. These items include: sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, soap, a first aid kit, food and water for longer trips and life jackets for boat outings. Always be prepared for anything that may come your way. A safe fisher is a happy fisher.