When many people think of fishing, they’ll have an idyllic image of relaxing on the riverbank, waiting patiently for a bite. But many people don’t realise a lot of the dangers that can come with angling! At The Insurance Emporium, we want everybody to be able to make the most of their passions while staying safe and having fun. That’s why, to make sure you don’t get caught out, we’ve put together our list of seven fishing hazards!
The UK is no stranger to torrential rain, blustering winds, and freezing cold winters. This poor weather can lead to dangerous conditions for fishing! Riverbanks could be slippery, and especially dangerous near deep, fast flowing water. Rocks can be tricky to navigate and easy to slip on too, especially if they’re wet or covered in weed. Remember to don the correct footwear when rock fishing.
In this country, we don’t often have to worry about getting too much sun. When we do, it can be a good problem to have! Fishing might involve long periods of time sat in the sun though, so remember to bring the right protective gear! Suitable clothing and sun cream will protect you from sunburn, sunglasses should protect your eyes, and drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated for those long, lazy summer days!
The hook is one of the most important pieces of your angling arsenal – and also one of the most dangerous! Hooks are sharp, and they’re often barbed, allowing them to stay in the fish without falling out. Unfortunately, this means hooks can be difficult to remove from your skin too! Wearing a hat can protect your head, and glasses can protect your eyes from hooks when casting, but make sure you always handle them with care. Remember to treat and cover any wounds immediately to prevent infection.
Fishing rods are commonly made from carbon fibre or graphite – two materials which conduct electricity really well. This can make the fishing rod itself a particularly dangerous piece of equipment in certain locations. Look out for power lines overhead that your fishing rod could potentially come into contact with. Even if you think it’s out of reach, electricity can arc, or jump, over a distance towards the extremely conductive carbon fibre of many rods. Fishing during thunderstorms can also pose a risk for the same reason, so always take extra care if the weather turns south!
A particular threat when sea fishing either from the shore or from a boat, drowning is a real danger that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The correct safety gear, a life jacket, is an essential piece of equipment that can save your life, no matter how strong or confident a swimmer you may be. Always keep an eye on the weather and the conditions of the water, both before fishing and while you’re there.
Fish With Friends
Fishing alone can come with its own dangers. If you slip, fall and injure yourself, you’ve got nobody to help you up or assess your injuries. A friend can call for help if you are in danger, and unable to reach your mobile phone or other device. Fishing with friends is also way more fun! You’ll be able to compare catches, share the equipment load, and enjoy a great day out.
Keep in Contact
Whether you take a friend or go it alone, always make sure you have the means to make contact and call for help in case of emergency! It’s always best to have at least two devices, so you’re not relying on a single method of contact in case disaster strikes. Also make sure you tell somebody reliable where you are fishing, and what time you expect to return home. Information like this can help people find you if you can’t make contact with them!
With these seven tips, hopefully you can enjoy a day out fishing safe in the knowledge that you can find help should anything go awry! In case an incident does occur, you might want to think about insurance for your fishing equipment. At The Insurance Emporium, we provide Loss, Theft Or Accidental Damage cover for your fishing equipment as standard, covering up to £15,000.* We also provide Personal Accident cover up to £22,000^ while you’re fishing. Cast your line down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
* Cover up to £15,000 available on lunar monthly and calendar monthly Zander policies only.
^ Cover up to £22,000 available on lunar monthly and calendar monthly Zander policies only. Personal Accident cover is subject to terms and conditions set out in the Policy Wording documents. Please visit the product page for more information.
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