Sea Fishing Safety

July 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

All types of fishing can be potentially dangerous, but out of all fishing venue types, the coastline and sea has to be the most dangerous. Simply because in the UK the sea is so unpredictable. Strong tides, freak waves, the weather and erosion all play a part, and over the years many lives have been lost.

Beach Fishing

Potential dangers include:

  • Being cut of by the tide
  • Freak Waves
  • Getting out of your depth if wading into the sea
  • Shifting sands

Rock Fishing

Potential dangers include:

  • Falling off the edge
  • Slipping in wet conditions
  • Being washed off by a freak wave

Boat Fishing

Potential dangers include:

  • Capsizing
  • Falling overboard
  • Breaking down out at sea
  • Getting lost – in the fog
  • Boat fires

To help prevent any disasters I recommend you purchase some safety equipment, after all you’d spend a lot on fishing gear, but how much is you life worth. Equipment to consider includes:

  • Life jackets, also know as Buoyancy aids – ideal for fishing
  • Torch or some kind of light
  • Compass, or better still a GPS
  • Mobile phone
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Spare petrol / diesel when boay fishing
  • Good all round clothing, waterproofs, hats, boots

However the most important advice is never to take risks, go fishing with a friend and always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
It’s always a good idea to inform the local coastguard via VHF if you are planning a boat trip overnight, but keep them informed when you return back to base.

Also check the weather forecast before you leave, the sea can get very rough before any sight of a storm, being in a storm and a rough sea can be fatal!

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