Since the dawn of man, fishing has been a popular means of obtaining food, as well as a relaxing and fun hobby. It is the perfect way to explore the great outdoors and can be enjoyed either solo or as part of a group. However, fishing can also be a dangerous activity. There are a few safety tips that are worth keeping in mind to ensure that fishing trips are incident free.
Tackle can be dangerous to handle. After all, it usually involves a sharp hook. Accidentally getting this under skin is painful, especially when it has to be removed. Therefore you should handle fishing tackle in a responsible way. It is also the duty of all fishermen to make sure no one is too close to them when they cast off.
It is a good idea to ensure that there are no large objects that could get caught while casting. This includes trees, power lines or vehicles. Never leave your tackle lying around unattended. Someone could end up tripping and falling on it. Sometimes the hook can get caught inside the mouth of fish. It is tempting to reach inside and retrieve it. However, this is not a smart idea. It is better to use a hook remover.
What To Wear
During the brighter days of the year it is important to put on enough sun cream. This will help to prevent sun burn and the harmful health effects that come with UV rays. Make sure to apply the cream on your face, neck, hands and other exposed areas.
Sun hats are also a useful item to have. Wearing one will keep your head cool enough and prevent sun stroke. It will also keep the sun light out of your eyes when you cast off. Sunglasses will not just protect against the sun but also any stray hooks, stones and other flying objects that you might encounter on the coast. Additionally, sunglasses allow users to see the surface of the water better, increasing their chances of spotting a fish.
Wearing shoes with adequate enough protection will keep your feet from being injured by any sharp objects that might be on the floor. Beaches and shallow water often contain hidden dangers to feet that are both natural and man-made. Luckily, with shoes this will not be a problem. When fishing on a boat your shoes should have enough grip to stop you from slipping on any wet surfaces.