Staying Safe On A Fishing Trip

Fishing is one of the safest outdoor sport hobbies, especially compared with activities such as mountain climbing or skiing. However,fishing is not exempted from hazards or dangers completely.

In order to be able to fish, you need to be close to the water and this presents a risk of drowning. A good, sharp hook is good for hooking fish, but it can also be dangerous if not handled or used properly. Fishing from a boat means you can fall into deep water that may be hard to get out of. Like with any other outdoor activity, you will also have to deal with weather conditions and other challenges of being outside.

With fishing, you will probably choose to stay outside for a bit longer that you planned. There’s always one more fish or staying longer to catch at least one fish because you can’t leave empty-handed. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, this kind of behavior does come with risks and can get you into trouble.

Safety begins with preparedness. A prepared angler is the one that comes back from a fishing trip not only with fish but also as healthy as he or she was before leaving for the trip.

To be prepared, you need to carry equipment, food, and water. This means that you will need to find a balance between packing light and packing everything you’d like to have with you. Anglers joke that every pound that you pack feels like two pounds when you are coming back from a fishing trip, which is why you only want to take what you need.

Even if you don’t want to talk to anybody during your trip, take your cell phone with you. You may keep it turned off and ignore the incoming calls, but having a cell phone on you for potential emergencies is a smart choice.