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FOLLOW THESE FISHING SAFETY TIPS TO ENSURE A SAFE EXPERIENCE:
- If using a boat to fish, your most important piece of boat safety equipment is your life jacket. For optimum fishing safety, make sure each passenger wears one, too.
- Inspect waterfronts daily—the natural environment is subject to change without notice.
- Don't fish in areas where it is not permitted. These areas have been declared “off limits” to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.
- Because fishing is practiced in a variety of environments, evaluate factors specific to fishing safety in each environment. For example, the ice fishing safety tip “avoid old ice,” is only relevant in an ice cold environment.
- Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone or radio.
- Always wear foot gear appropriate to the conditions.
- Stay dry, warm and protected from the elements. Wear a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Wear thin layers of clothing that progress outward to include water and wind protection as the final layer.
- Use appropriate insect protection measures, including proper clothing and repellents.
- Keep fishing knives sharp and cover the blade when not in use.
- Handle fish carefully.
- Use caution when baiting and removing hooks.
Apply these simple safety procedures for fishing to make your fishing experience worry-free.