Fishing Safety Tips
Follow these tips to ensure a safe fishing experience:In selecting a waterfront site, be sure that the area is free from underwater hazards, clean and, if necessary, large enough to accommodate everyone in your group.
- Inspect waterfronts daily – the natural environment is subject to change without notice.
- When choosing a site for fishing, always consider safety factors. Because fishing is practiced in a variety of environments, evaluate factors specific to safety in each environment.
- Weather is always a factor. Set up a weather committee or rotate weather forecasting responsibilities.
- Carry a transistor National Weather Service radio.
- Always wear footgear appropriate to the conditions.
- 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, and progress outward to include water and wind protection as the final layer.
- Use appropriate insect protection measures, including dressing properly and using repellents.
- Keep fishing knives sharp and cover the blade when not in use.
- Handle fish carefully.
- Use safety glasses at all times when casting.
- Establish and enforce firm rules for behavior around hooks.