There’s a lot that can happen on the water if you aren’t careful, and you should always be prepared for any situation. That’s why it’s important to brush up on fishing safety before hitting the water.
Below, we discuss the many steps one should take for proper fishing charter safety. Use the tips to make your next fishing trip fun and safe for everyone:
- Prepare a first aid kit: A first aid kit is essential for any boating trip. This first aid kit should include gauze, bandages, fabric strips, surgical tape and adhesive rolls. Anything can happen while you’re on the water, so it’s better to be overprepared than underprepared. Thankfully, most charter boat rental services provide a fully-stocked first aid kit with their boats.
- Keep an eye on the weather: Proper planning should always involve checking the local weather. You want to avoid hitting the water on days with the potential for thunderstorms. If lightning does occur while you’re on a boat, be sure to stop fishing and lay down your fishing rods. Head inside the boat, and wait as the captain brings you back to shore.
- Wear the right clothing: You won’t have fun on a fishing trip if you’re too warm or cold. That’s why it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather. Wear sunscreen to avoid painful sunburns, and protect your eyes from glare by wearing sunglasses. You should also avoid wearing flip-flops and sandals, as these shoes often have bad traction. You don’t want to accidentally slip on the boat and injure yourself.
- Wear your lifejackets: You should always wear your life jacket in or nearby the water, even if you’re a strong swimmer. If you fall in the water, wearing a life jacket makes it much easier to rescue you. It’s especially important for children and elderly riders to keep their life jackets on. Ask your charter boat service where the life jackets are located.
- Be careful when handling tackle: Boats are constantly moving, which means you should take special care when baiting your hooks. You don’t want a small wave to send one of those sharp hooks through your finger. Take your time when baiting a hook, and be sure to assist any children who want to fish.
- Take it easy on the drinking: Drinking while fishing on a charter boat is usually a bad idea. It’s hard to pay attention to fishing safety guidelines while intoxicated, which is why intoxicated passengers are more likely to experience injuries.
Work with an experienced charter service
The best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your party is by working with a reputable and experienced fishing charter service. An experienced service can navigate local waters with relative ease. They also know the best fishing spots.
If you’re looking for a fun and safe fishing experience, contact the experts at Phantom Tri-River Charters. Thanks to our experienced guides and comfortable boats, you’re sure to have an unforgettable fishing trip.