Using and Storing fishing equipment safely is vital in reducing accidents and avoiding unnecessary injuries. The majority of fishing accidents are caused from hooks, and a further 80% of common fishhook injuries occur from rods in transit or when rods are being carried. It’s a good idea to ensure you know safe ways of transporting and storing fishing equipments in order to reduce risk of injury.
Below are just a few basic guidelines and tips to get you started on using and storing fishing equipment safely:
Look before you cast. Ensure there is no one in close proximity or other hazards around such as but not limited to, power lines and electrics fences. Be careful to avoid Being too close to any hazard that could cause a snag is also generally a good idea.
Always put unused hooks and knives back into you're tackle box. Not doing this could lead to accidents such as a hook or knife being stepped on.
Utilise Technology. On the market today there are various items to keep you safe. One of those is Hook safe, a safe container to store and carry hooks. These ensure the hooks stay safely away and cannot cause injury.
Strap down whilst transporting. Ideally cover fishhooks and rods before transporting. Exposed hooks should be corked or packed in a hook safety cover as mentioned above.
Avoid hooking hooks on rod eyelets or high on the rod. Keeping hooks high increases risk of they coming in contact with peoples faces and upper torso.
Always ensure no movement when transporting in a car etc, ensure the items are secure, tied down and will not be flung around. Appropriate tie downs need to be used for both your rod and reel and any hooks still rigged up.
Fish at a distance. Always try to Fish at least 5 meters away from the person next to you. Fishing at a safe distance could keep you both safe from accidental hook injuries.
Be Kids Safe. Instruct and demonstrate to beginner anglers on safe rod and hook procedures. Constant Supervision for your young angler is also recommended. Learning how to best fish with kids prior to heading out could keep you safe and sane!
Consider using lead alternatives. Be careful handling lead sinkers, young children and pregnant women are most at risk. Always learn safe handling and storing procedures for lead products and DO NOT leave them lying around the house.
Learn how to unhook a fish safely. Take caution and use long-nose pliers to help remove hooks from a fish. If a hook is deep inside the fish, you have two choices you can use a hook disgorger or cut off the line and leave the hook in the fish (not ideal but sometimes the only option.)
DO NOT attempt to get a hook out of a fish with your bare hands, I saw a mate get both thumbs hooked together by a treble hook when a big flathead thrashed her head.
Be organized and keep gear in boxes. Keeping your lures, and terminal tackle organized will not only save your sanity and save your time. It will help ensure it is stored safely. If your unorganized you may not be able to put tackle away securely and safely when the time comes.
Ensure Rods are stored in a secure place. So as to avoid being knocked over onto someone.
Store Fishing Equipment away from Children. Its highly likely if fishing gear is in reach that children are going to want to play an explore the gear and they are at very high risk of them hooking themselves or worse if they do so unsupervised. Be sure your Fishing tackle is up out of reach of young children or locked away secure by other means.
Research. Do your research about the products your using, and the safe handling and storage of those products. Do not rely on one source of information for example this checklist to provide you all the information you need.
Check out and learn as much about safety procedures are you can, prior to using and storing the equipment yourself.
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