This is something that is too often taking for granted. Just because we all have been driving boats since we were so small we had to sit in our dads laps to reach the steering wheel, we feel we know how to handle our boats. But we owe it to our families and co anglers to be as safe as possible and know the rules. Each year there a numerous accidents that happen on the water that could be avoided if everyone just knew a few simple rules. Sign up to take a boating safety course, they are usually provided by the Coast Guard at no charge or for a minimal fee. They not only will go over the rules of the water, but will show you what safety equipment you are required to carry in your boat. A few hours of prevention can save your life or the life of the passengers in your boat. Don’t take if for granted that the people in the other boats know the rules, you know them and execute if the need arises.
So sight fishing is your game? Are you helping yourself out? The right pair of sunglasses isn’t the whole story, but it’s a darn good start. Good polarized glasses, either the wrap around style or the ones equipped with sides are needed. The reason for the side shields is to prevent light from splashing off Read More…
I recently had an incident that caused me to reconsider my views on safety. My wife and I were out for a quite evening of fishing on a local lake. Near the public beach is an area of scattered rock and grass, and we were throwing a few crankbaits and enjoying the evening. While drifting along, we thought we heard someone yelling, “help”! We looked around, saw nothing and continued fishing. We heard it again, and saw a head bopping up and down in the water, well away from the buoyed swimming area but inside the no boat zone. I quickly kicked the trolling on high, and my wife grabbed our throwable from the storage bin. I have the “minimum” legal requirements in my boat – a throw-able, and the required PFD’s per person.