Go fish! Follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable trip

About 55 million Americans each year take to the nation’s waterways to engage in freshwater, saltwater, or fly-fishing activities. Whether casting from the beach, out at sea or wading in the creek, it’s one of our most loved ways to enjoy the outdoors.

But whenever we’re spending time in or around water, we have to be mindful of how to behave safely and responsibly.

The NPS recommends following these tips for a successful day on the water:

  • Always wear your U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when you are on, in, or near the water
  • Designate a Water Watcher, particularly to keep eye on children
  • Use sunscreen and wear your sun protection gear
  • Protect yourself against hook-related injuries and be sure to treat any as soon as possible
  • Only cast where fishing is permitted
  • Check the water temperature; get out of the water if you get cold
  • Find shelter if thunderstorms form and seek higher ground if water levels rise
  • Be aware of unseen water hazards – use caution when walking or wading in the water
  • Assess swift water before entering or crossing
  • Consult local tide tables and pay attention to tidal behavior
  • Watch out for wildlife while fishing
  • Use fish cleaning stations, when available, and follow park regulations on disposing of remains

Seeking out remote fishing spots

Part of the appeal of fishing is the solitude and tranquillity offered by the water. Every angler wants to avoid the crowds and pitch up somewhere with no one else around to compete for their catch. Luckily there are plenty of places across the country to enjoy the peace and quiet.

These remote spots often have little to no cell coverage. Great, who wants the distraction of phone calls and social media, right? But we can find ourselves at risk of not being able to reach or be reached for help in an emergency.

Satellite communication devices like the motorola defy satellite link get around all this and give you a reliable lifeline when you need it, whilst still allowing you to turn off all that digital noise for a few hours.

Watch LakeForkGuy setting up his remote river camp and fishing for trout in Colorado with the motorola defy satellite link: