“Calling fishing a hobby is like saying brain surgery is a job.”
-- Comedian Paul Schullery
That quote pretty much sums up how avid folks feel about fishing. It is so much more than just catching fish. It is an experience, a way of life, an escape from everyday troubles.
For some of us, fishing is a way to relax, to commune with nature and enjoy the surroundings. For others, it is a way of life, a career, and so much more than a hobby. Safety isn’t always our top priority when out trying to find that elusive fish, but experts say it needs to be top of mind.
Here are some tips to ensure a safe fishing adventure:
- Make sure everyone on board has a life vest.
- Be sure all required equipment and First-Aid are on the boat before going out. If an emergency arises, you’ll be better prepared . SWITLIK offers Man Overboard products , Coastal and Offshore Life Rafts to help ensure you have the right safety gear in an emergency.
- Pay attention to weather conditions. The environment you are fishing in can change on a moment’s notice.
- Bring along extra safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, charged cell phone and radio. Bring lots of sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Before you go fishing, make sure you have checked out the site where you are headed and take into consideration all safety factors.
- Keep fishing knives sharp and covered, out of the way when not being used.
- Dress in layers so if temperatures change, you can adjust accordingly.
- Never overload a boat. Know how much weight your boat can carry safely and always distribute the load evenly.
- When traveling at night, be sure your running lights are on so others can see you.
- Never fish alone. Take a friend fishing!
The Coast Guard auxiliary encourages people to use as much caution while fishing as they do out motor cruising or on a long, slow afternoon sail. The Coast Guard reminds boaters who are fishing -- whether for recreation or business -- that the organization and the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free boat safety checks to ensure your well-being on the water.
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