All types of freshwater fishing can be dangerous for a variety of reasons. ALWAYS  check your local government bodies for information relevant to you, your fishing type and fishing location in order to best know the conditions and how you can ensure you stay safe. Below are some general safety guidelines on how to stay safe whilst freshwater fishing.

1. Always have a plan. Inform others of your plans including your intended route and scheduleLeave this plan with your family and or friends. Always pack relevant emergency supplies for example compass, fire starter, well equipped first aid kit and some emergency food and water.

2. Check the weather conditions before leaving. Be as prepared as possible by being up to date with all the possible weather  conditions that you may find yourself getting into. You can check for this information online and also on the radio. It is also always a good idea to ask locals for advice about local conditions.

3. Don’t fish alone. It is smarter and safer to have a mate or two nearby in case of an emergency situation. Safety in numbers definitely applies in all fishing situations. If you have an accident, your going to need a friend that to help you out.

4. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Make yourself heard. You don’t want to alert fish of your presence, but if your freshwater fishing trip includes walking through long bush and grasslands, ensure the snakes know you are there by making lots of noise, singing, whistling, walking heavy and be careful to look underfoot and ahead when stepping through. Wear protective clothing and shoes.

6. Take technology with you. Communication is essential on a  fishing trip. Check in often with friends or family and let them know your location. A mobile phone is a great option if you are within range. Regardless of the provider that you are with, 112 will direct you to emergency services.
Having, Using and Understanding how to read a map, use a compass and a GPS would also help on your adventure as well as helping u tell friends and family where you are in the event things go south and you needed to be rescued. Other technology such as an emergency beacon could be of some use if the freshwater trip is more remote.

7. Be mindful of you what YOU WEAR in boats. Ensure that you always wear a life jacket where necessary. Wear clothing that is as light as possible but that still provides a degree of warmth.

8. Be mindful what YOU DO in boats. Do not carry excess weight on your boat. Make sure your boat is in top working condition and be aware of how to fix minor breakdowns. Always keep your eye out for rocks, submerged trees and snags. Always travel at a safe speed.

9. Never fish during a storm. If bad weather hits or In the case of any storm occurring, immediately place your rod down and get out of the water asap. Stay out of the water until the storm has safely passed. Avoid high grounds wherever possible. Fishing rods can act as lightening attractors, so be sure to not to hold them in an electrical storm.

10. Be competent in treating injuries and in CPR. You may need to save a life. You can access and download CPR information and guidelines from most government websites. We suggest you do a first aid course. Its always best to have hands on knowledge prior to fishing, so you'll be more prepared in the event of an accident or injury. Always carry a compression bandage with you and make sure that you are aware of how to use it in the case of snake bite.

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