Getting into a boat to go fishing or relaxing on the shore with friends and/or family as you spend the day angling is one of the most relaxing times a person can have. However, as much as fishing is equated with recreation and having a good time in the minds of most people, there is also dangers involved in the sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most common fishing injuries and what you can do to keep yourself safe.
- Drowning: This is perhaps the most obvious danger associated with fishing. This danger is a particular risk for people who will be fishing from a boat or even a dock. The first precaution one should take is to learn to swim. The second is to always have a life preserver and other emergency equipment around particularly if you will be fishing from a boat.
- Fish hook injuries: Fish hook injuries can occur in a number of ways. The first way is when trying to bait your line. The second way is when pulling the hook from the fish’s mouth. A final way that hook injuries occur is when people simply fail to look where they are about to walk or sit. You should always exercise caution when handling hooks. Also, you should always have pliers and a first aid kit on hand in the event that the unthinkable happens.
- Injuries from equipment: According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 200 to 250 non-fatal injuries are reported yearly due to contact with boat propellers. Always make sure that only people who know what they are doing handle the propeller in any way. Also, make sure that everyone in your party keeps a respectable distance from the propeller and/or propulsion unit while it is in operation.
- Sprains and strains: The risk of strains and sprains can be minimized somewhat by stretching before you go fishing and by staying in shape in general. Lack of physical exercise makes you more vulnerable to all manner of injuries and accidents such as slips and falls. In particular, focus on exercises that strengthen the shoulder and forearm.
- Cuts from fins or fish bites: Where would the fun of fishing be if the fish gave up without a fight? Well, sometimes this battle can result in the angler being wounded by a fish bite or fin. You can protect yourself by knowing the fish species you are going after and the dangers it may pose once it is hooked. Be cautious when handling live fish and watch for infection if you should be bitten, stung or cut by a fish.
With all this in mind, remember that fishing is still an excellent way to bond with family and friends. The moderate risk of injury should not discourage you or anyone from enjoying this exciting sport. Our fishing charters near Disney World are full of adventure for the entire family and can be safe and enjoyable when the proper precautions are taken. Try us for bass fishing in Orlando and you will not be disappointed.