Saltwater Fishing Safety Tips - Michael John Tario Personal Injury Law Blog on Lawyers.com

Saltwater fishing has its own set of challenges and rewards.



Understanding the nuances of saltwater fishing as well as some basic saltwater



fishing tips will help ensure that you have a successful and safe trip. Planning



a trip with experienced fishermen or hiring a fishing guide who will walk you



through each step of the process is a great place to start. You are more likely



to avoid fishing accidents if you understand what to do when a fish bites and



how to clean it. Also, familiarize yourself with the equipment and know how to



set up your bait, line and reel correctly.

If you or a loved one has experienced an accident while



saltwater fishing, call a personal injury lawyer right away.

Saltw

ater Fishing Safety Tips

?? Always wear a life jacket and make

sure each



passenger wears one too. The coast guard requires that there is a life jacket



for every person on board.

?? Only fish in permitted areas. If an

area is "off



limits" assume it is for your safety or to protect vegetation or wildlife.

?? Always purchase the appropriate

fishing license



and follow the rules on number of fish.

?? Choose your site and time of day

carefully after





looking at sun, moon, wind, tide, and weather reports.

?? Pack safety items such as water,

flashlights,



maps, and a cell phone or radio.

?? Always wear close toed shoes with

good rubber



grips.

?? Come prepared for an array of

weather



conditions. Dress in layers with cool clothes first, covered with warmer layers



and then a water and wind protection outer layer.

?? Wear bug repellant and sunscreen.

Bring a sun



hat and sunglasses and keep your shoulders covered. Sunlight reflected off the



water can intensify the chance of a sunburn.

?? The tools used to catch and prepare

fish are



sharp and should be handled carefully.

o Be cautious when

baiting or removing hooks

o Keep fishing knives

sharp and covered in a case



when not in use.

o Have someone teach

you how to clean a fish



safely.

?? Pack a first-aid kit.

?? Invest in a GPS tracking device.

Their signal



can help others find you even in the fog and keep you connected to people in



the boats around you.

?? Become familiar with the waterways

in the areas



you plan to fish. Studying navigation charts can help to give you an idea of



the best place to catch fish as well as areas to avoid for safety reasons.

?? Watch out for seaweed and kelp

floating on the



top of the water. Try to avoid driving your boat through it if possible but if your



trolling motor or fishing poles gets tangled up in it the best thing to do is stop



and pull out the strings until you are free.

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