Fishing Safety

A Brown Bear Fishing

Fish Safe, Catch Big.

Stan Vern went fishing in Long Island Sound in the afternoon with his buddy one foggy fall day. They were catching good and didn’t pay much attention to how far they were from the shore. The water was calm, there was no wind, it was just the fog. Stan’s GPS was not working too good but usually he doesn’t even look at the GPS to find his way back because high chimney in Bridgeport Power Station always shows him which way to go. After the sun went down Stan realized they could see no light at all. He followed his instinct and started the motor and after going for about an hour he found no land no lights. They both panicked and realized they had to call 911. Stan turned the boat around and his buddy called 911. After about half an hour a coast guard helicopter showed up, they followed the chopper and came back to the shore. Fortunately they had enough fuel.
Lot of things can go wrong when fishing. People go missing, get chased by bear or other wild animals, get snake bites, falls in freezing water, get fishing hook in eye and so on. There are numerous way an angler can get hurt when fishing.
Whatever you do, where ever you do it, safety is the most important thing to keep in mind. You may not have to worry much about safety when you are watching a movie in your comfortable living room or playing games in your game console but when you are involved in an outdoor activity you have to pay special attention to safety. An angler will use hooks, knife, clipper or pliers, lead head with hooks, many different types of lures all of these can pose a danger if not handled properly. Fishing lines can cut like razor, especially the braided lines. An angler will hike and go to new places to fish when site fishing and on a boat and angler will move around and try fishing in different places.
In this article we will discuss fishing safety and things you need to focus when fishing.

Know about yourself

The very first thing to think about when preparing for fishing is knowing about yourself. How healthy are you ? Are you ready for the mile long hike to get to the fishing spot ? Do you know how to swim? Do you need to keep few pieces of aspirin in your pocket ? Can you tolerate the temperature out side ? If you are going fishing all by yourself, will you be okay fishing all by yourself ? My be you want to call you buddy to join the fishing trip.

Dress for fishing

Dress for the weather. The last thing you want to do on a fishing trip is retreat because your dress is not right for the weather. When fishing in the sea on a boat, its better to put on long sleeve shirts even on sunny days. If using short sleeve make sure you use enough sun block. Sub burns can be very painful and when the dead skins starts to peel off, they look very ugly. In cooler days its good to use thermal undies and then put on lairs of cloths. Put on an extra layer, during fishing if you feel too warm, take some of them off. Temperature and especially wind chill can be a stunning 20 degrees lower at the river or the sea than areas away from the water. In cooler weathers double socks helps a lot especially if you are fishing in waders in late fall, winter and early spring. When fishing, water proof shoes helps a lot too. The more pockets you have on your dress, the more stuff you will be able to have on you, so a fishing vest can be very useful. Avoid using any kind of perfume or body spray as they can attract unwanted attention from wild life at the fishing spot.

Fishing gear and your tackle box

Take the baits and tackles you will need for the type of fish you are going for. Take few different types of bait’s and tackles. Because in different conditions different baits will work good for you.
You will be making a mistake if you only concentrate on baits and tackles when getting your tackle box ready for the fishing trip. Some items I would suggest you to have with you when fishing are a first aid kit, a flash light and battery, cell phone, a tourniquet or a strong shoe lace like string, a knife. If you are going fishing far into the mountains, have a GPS and map with you. If you have a heart that may require special attention take some aspirin with you. Depending on the place you are going fishing, you might want to take a bear spray as well.

Know about your fishing spot

When preparing for a fishing trip, think about the place you are going fishing. Learn about the landscape. Any wild life you might have to think about. One late summer day I was fishing in some rocky up river waters. I was doing so good that decided to fish late. Just before the last rays of the sun disappeared I saw a large bear with a cub crossing the river about 200 yards away. I packed up and left the place right away. Before you go fishing to a new place, learn about the wild life in that area, learn about the water depth you might fish in. most of all learn about the DEP regulations. How far is the nearest hospital ? In case you need help, how long it might take to get help? Are you fishing on a personal property? If yes, do you have permission from the owner ? Is the water contaminated ? Is it okay to eat the fish you will catch there?

When fishing

Fishing is fun and relaxing. Do you fishing in a relaxing fashion. Pay attention to your movement. Watch your steps all the times. And use common sense. In one of my fishing trips I saw a fellow angler falling in the water when he went to wash his hands stepping on a rock completely covered in wet moss. Looking at his going to step on the rock I knew he will slip on that rock, he ended up dating a dip in that cold mid fall New England water. Needless to say, make sure your cast doesn’t hit any one around you.
Summer 2011, I was fishing at the mouth of Housatonic river, CT. I was fishing on a rock formation and the tide was coming in. I was so lost in fishing that I didn’t realize the tide was covering my way back to the shore. When I noticed, it was already too late. I was in my wader but the water between the rock formation and the beach was too deep to cross. I ended up fishing on that spot the entire high tide and then when the next low tide started to set in, I made my way back to the beach. Fortunately the weather was not too bad for the extended fishing hours. My three hour fishing trip turned into a seven hour fishing trap.
If you are fishing in tidal waters, make sure you check the tide chart before you go fishing. To catch some fish in tidal water you will have to check the tide table anyway because when the tide is full or completely low your chance of catching any game fish is very slim. Try to do some research on water current. Hidden currents can be deadly in tidal waters. Followings are some of the things you need to watch out for when fishing in tidal water:
a. Tide chart
b. water depth
c. hidden water current
d. Underwater mud puddles or quick sands.
e. vegetation in the water.
f. water snakes.

Use your fishing senses

When fishing, keep your eyes open and use your senses, your nose could be a very useful sensor when fishing. In one of my fishing trips, I was doing good and didn’t pay much attention to the funky smell I was getting. When the smell got stronger I started looking at the bush behind me and found a raccoon family was watching my every move. Watch out for snakes when you are fishing.
The best and most effective way of fishing safe is “Use Common Sense”. Happy Fishing.