Five Fishing Safety Tips to Remember This Summer

It’s hard to beat a summer day spent fishing. You can sit quietly and wait for the fish to bite while the sun shines above you and the water slaps gently against the boat or shore. We hope you and your family get many chances to enjoy those moments this year. That’s why we’ve put together a list of fishing safety tips to make sure you have the best time possible.


Fishing Safety Tip #1: Wear your life jacket.


If you’re going to fish in a boat, you should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Every other passenger in your vessel should wear one as well—especially children.


Fishing Safety Tip #2: Dress appropriately for the season.


In the summer months, you should never spend significant amounts of time outdoors without applying—and reapplying—sunscreen. You also need to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the sun’s rays. Of course, in winter weather, you should dress warmly and wear a water-resistant outer layer.


No matter the weather, however, you need to wear close-toed shoes while fishing. You don’t want to step on discarded hooks or sharp rocks without heavy-duty foot protection.


Fishing Safety Tip #3: Be careful when you cast.


No one wants a hook in the eye while they’re trying to bag a bass. Look around you before casting to make sure your lure won’t catch on a fellow fisherman.


Fishing Safety Tip #4: Watch out for water hazards.


Be aware of the water, especially when fishing in rivers. Watch out for swift currents, submerged trees, and other possible dangers. You should also know when the tide will come in so it doesn’t catch you unprepared.


Fishing Safety Tip #5: Bring the right equipment.


Always carry a first aid kit when you fish, along with flashlights, extra batteries, and cell phones. You will also need a map, especially since you might not get great cell service while fishing and can’t depend on GPS to get you home.


If you’re buying a new fishing boat this summer, you’ll need to protect it with the right insurance policy. Contact one of our agents to check out your options.