Fishing can be a fun and enjoyable activity to do as a family or with friends. The activity is generally safe if you use common sense and follow some basic rules and guidelines. Certainly, where you decide to go will have a lot to do with how dangerous the sport may be. For instance, deep sea fishing out in the middle of the ocean where you are far from shore and where the weather can change quickly is certainly more dangerous than fishing on a freshwater lake.

Basic Rules

Regardless of where you go fishing, some simple rules should be followed. First be sure to be careful when you handle tackle. Be careful when you cast out your line. You should watch where everyone is so that you don’t end up getting someone with your hook when you cast out. If fishing from a bank or a river or a lake you need to be careful to check for power lines overhead. Also, be careful where you leave your tackle. Somebody could stand on a hook and animals could become tangled in fishing line. You need to be responsible and have all your equipment safely stowed away. This is very important, especially if you have children who could easily injure themselves. You should remove any lures or hooks from your fishing line before storing your fishing rod.

You should always wear shoes when out fishing. Make sure that anybody fishing with you are also not barefoot. This way you will protect your feet. Even though you may be careful about leaving hooks and fishing tackle lying around, others could be more careless, and you could step on some equipment and hurt yourself. You may also hurt your feet when you climb on rocks. Choose clothing that is comfortable and if it is cold, dress in layers so that you can adjust your layers accordingly as the temperature changes. If you do go out on a boat, you should wear a flotation device like a life jacket or life vest. In some countries it may even be illegal to be on a boat without a life vest or life jacket. You should wear sunblock and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. You are more likely to burn if you are near or on the water than if you are away from it. It is also safer to go fishing with another person in case something does happen.

Stay Smart

If you are on a boat, be careful to not overload the vesel and do not consume alcohol or take drugs while on the water. Not only is this probably illegal but it impairs your judgment. Watch the weather carefully and rather don’t go out on the boat if the weather looks bad or is likely to turn bad. You should turn back if the weather changes.

You should have a first aid kit on the boat and a way to call for help if you find yourself in trouble. Always let somebody know that you are planning on going fishing, where you are going and when you are likely to return. This way somebody will be able to raise the alarm if you do not return. Following these simple steps should ensure that you have a safe and fun fishing trip.