Think safety while fishing

“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:

  1. Make sure everyone on board has a life vest. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Pay attention to weather conditions. The environment you are fishing in can change on a moment’s notice.
  4. fishingsafetyphoto.jpgBring along extra safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, charged cell phone and radio. Bring lots of sunscreen and insect repellent.
  5. Before you go fishing, make sure you have checked out the site where you are headed and take into consideration all safety factors.
  6. Keep fishing knives sharp and covered, out of the way when not being used.
  7. Dress in layers so if temperatures change, you can adjust accordingly.
  8. Never overload a boat. Know how much weight your boat can carry safely and always distribute the load evenly.
  9. When traveling at night, be sure your running lights are on so others can see you.
  10. 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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