You might have seen “The Deadliest Catch”. It is a documentary about commercial fishermen and their trade. Even without it, you might have sworn yourself to never… ever set your foot on a vessel that is sitting in more water than could fit in a bathtub. Forget fishing. Of course fishing trips are run quite differently. You have a chance to plan ahead and if you are really anxious about it, you can inform your loved ones ahead of time that you are embarking on a fishing trip and just in case you do not come back (though most unlikely) they can notify the local police and contact your fishing charter. For your more calm but serious concerns, here are a few tips on how to make your fishing experience safer.
1. PFD. A Personal Flotation Device, is always required when in, on, and by water areas. It doesn’t exclude you even if you are a strong and excellent swimmer. PFD’s are designed to keep your head above water if you are unconscious. If you are fishing in unfamiliar waters with powerful currents it would be best to have a companion with you and check the area. When going in, make sure that you have a PFD on, as you tread the waters cautiously feeling for any sudden and deep drops that can put you over your head.
2. If your tackle box is well equipped, so should your first aid kit. This is an essential component of your fishing trip that you should never forget or leave for the charter to provide. Yes, fishing charters are outfitted with a competent first aid kit, but it is also wise to bring your own stock comprising of antiseptic, antihistamine, calamine lotion, bandages, liniment, insect repellant, bee sting kit and if you have any, your own prescription.
3. The hooks at the end of your line are very sharp. Make sure that there is nobody behind you before you cast your lure. Once you hook your fish, never place your hands where the fish is directly hooked. Remember that your catch is still alive and in the event that it struggles, you may accidentally snag your hand with the hook if you have your hand near it. If you have signed up for deep-sea fishing or big game fishing, and you manage to catch a mammoth of a fish, be sure to steer clear when your captain and skipper are hauling the big one on board. This is important especially if it is your first time to encounter a fish bigger than your average frying pan. Big fish such as Marlins are very dangerous especially when they are agitated. Fins and sharp body parts of these fish can cause nasty cuts if you do not know how to handle them.
4. Wearing a hat and sunglasses does not only protect you from the sun’s rays, but it also protects you from angler’s hooks and will aid well in spotting fish amidst the sun’s glare.
5. The key to any successful fishing trip is to trust and listen to your captain and skipper. They have been in the industry that you are new to for a very long time. They are familiar with fishing locations and have knowledge of how it is and what it takes to hook up with prized catches. Listen to instructions intently and make sure that you understand and abide by the words from the fishing wise.
Fishing can be as tranquil as a solemn moment by a quiet lake and as wild and adventurous as battling with your first marlin out in the open seas, in between it’s that safety assurance that you are prepared and well aware of the risks to avoid to keep your adventure as enjoyable from start to finish.