During the hot summer months many of us look forward to a night or two of night fishing. A local lake or river can make the ideal spot and who can resist the warm, still nights and moonlight? However although we may be familiar with the location we chose to do a spot of night fishing, it is important that we still take the necessary precautions to ensure that no accidents happen.
It is now obligatory, by anyone fishing at night, to wear what we call a ‘Personal Flotation Device’. This is especially important if fishing by boat so you are easy to locate in the dark should your boat capsize for instance. Boats should also be fitted with a stern and bow light and these should be turned on as soon as visibility is reduced. You will be surprised how many accidents have occurred by fisherman failing to use these lights! A muddy bank may also be the cause of a fall so wearing these devices is extremely important.
Warning devices such as a flare or flare guns are also a good idea, to act as a distress signal to an approaching vehicle for example. Carrying a flash light is equally as important and can be used to help us see in the dark and in replacement of a flare. Fire extinguishers are just as important but always make sure they are currently dated and accessible.
If you are fishing by boat then ultimately the most essential safety device is an anchor. If we are in danger then the first thing we must always do is anchor the boat and using a two way radio we can communicate with people on land and ask for their help and assistance of necessary. Some kind of bailing device is also necessary to pump out any water if the boat is leaking. Remember to carry spare batteries as this won’t work without them!
Last but not least inform someone of where you are going. Whether you are off to a lake for a spot of night fishing or hiring a sea fishing boat, telling someone where you are going is essential so if you fail to return they can raise the alarm.
By following these guidelines and ensuring you have taken safety precautions a nights fishing can be an enjoyable time and hopefully you will bag a catch you can be proud of!
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