Summer is here! You know what that means, Fishing Season! Hot weather during the day and bug bites at night.
It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying nature. Fishing can be dangerous; here are a few tips to make sure your next fishing trip isn’t just relaxing, but safe as well!
Knowing how swim is key to being safe around water. If you don’t know how to swim, look into taking lessons at your local pool or YMCA. Swimming lessons aren’t just for kids, if you never learned how as a child, now is a great time to learn. If you are using a boat to fish, make sure there are enough life jackets for everyone to use. Everyone should be wearing a life jacket at all times in the boat, on the water.
Most people use hooks to catch fish, unless you are one of the people that like to use their arms! When using hooks, be sure to keep them safe in your tackle box until it is time to rig the line. Be mindful when casting your rod that no one is standing close enough to be caught by the hook.
Congratulations! You just caught the big one! Now what? Be careful when taking the fish off your hook, some fish have sharp scales and teeth, use cloves and pliers to get the fish safely off the hook and into your catch bucket.
Be sure to keep an eye on the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat to prevent sunburn. Most of all enjoy yourself and all the fish you catch this summer!