A simple checklist for angling safely
As angling enthusiasts, we often like to challenge ourselves to try to get the biggest catch, meaning try different angling methods, exploring new places and heading out to fishing journeys.
However, not always do we pay attention to the safety of ourselves and others that we take along when the goal is to finally be able to angle that catch that we’ve been dreaming of.
Because, we’ve written a simple checklist to keep in mind for your next journey to keep yourself and your partners safe no matter what.
Things to keep in mind to angle safely
Below we talk about the main factors you should keep in mind when angling in various settings.
It’s no secret that Ireland is famous for its vast waters, especially lakes. However, often these large waters can become quite dangerous, especially if the wind has picked up. Not to mention the rocky reefs that pose a threat even on a clear day.
If you plan on going with a boat, the first thing you should do is notify others about where you’re planning to fish. If you can take aboard someone that knows the waters well as to avoid any unfortunate events.
Boating enthusiasts often like to try their luck at even larger open water by heading out at sea. However, we highly recommend taking the necessary precautions, especially if you lack the experience.
First of all, wearing a life jacket is an absolute must for not only you, but other anglers or passengers on the boat as well. It’s also important to note that if you’re taking someone under the age of 16 to angle at sea, then not wearing a life jacket can even result in a hefty fine, so keep this in mind.
Of course, make sure that everything is right with the boat before heading out as well and take care of any formalities like proper insurance for the vessel as well.
Take weather into consideration
If the wind is picking up too much, you might want to consider canceling the trip in general, since combined with large waves, it can not only carry you off the shore, but swamp your boat as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is visibility. Angling at dawn is a common thing, but if it gets too foggy, it might be difficult to find your way back home, unless you know the waters very well.
Finally, check the weather forecast as well. Hazardous conditions can not only make angling dangerous, but your own life and safety are at risk.
Having the right gear
Safety gear should be one of your top priorities and not just bait, rods, etc. A life jacket is an obvious must for you and other passengers on a boat, but some experts even recommend fishing with them from shore.
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If you’re planning on wading, then you should have a life jacket on, have a staff to hold on to and of course, wear appropriate waders to keep you protected from water and cold weather.
Finally, consider keeping a mobile phone on yourself regardless of whether you're angling from shore or on a boat, just in case you might need to make an emergency call.
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All in all
Today, we’ve talked about a few essential tips for safer angling practices. While going after ambitious catches is always commendable, you shouldn’t disregard safety at any cost for both you and others.