Be Prepared for Night Fishing
Fishing is an active and exciting occupation as well as sport. It can also be dangerous, especially when fishing at night. Whether you are a commercial fisherman or are fishing for recreation, it is important to be prepared before venturing out into the dark waters to ensure a safe trip.
Night Fishing is Very Different than Daytime Fishing
Even the most seasoned fishing enthusiast will admit that night fishing can be intimidating and requires some careful preparation. For those unfamiliar with the open seas at night, the incredible darkness can be surprising. Boat traffic at night is far less than the daytime, so there are not a lot of residual sources of light. Lights on the fishing vessel can help with baiting and preparing lines, but once the line is cast, there is little to see in the pitch darkness.
Docking lights and pilot lights on boats afford some visualization, but most fluorescent lighting causes reflection that can defeat the purpose. LED lighting can afford the most effective source of light, but again, once a line is cast, there is little to help you keep your eye on your line.
Preparation and Safety Measures for Night Fishing
Night fishing can be very challenging and unsafe if boat operators do not prepare properly. All safety measures that apply in daylight fishing and boating apply at night as well but become even more important to safety.
- Make sure all navigation lights are in working order.
- Flotation devices and life jackets and vests are essential for all those fishing at night, even for those that consider themselves to be avid swimmers.
- Ensure that there is a full tank of gas.
- Have a medical first aid kit available for cuts and lacerations.
- Use LED lanterns or flashlights to help with movement within the vessel.
- Carry flares and whistles for emergency situations.
- Be sure to have a fully charged phone or radio available to call for help if needed.
- Prepare rods and reels on land before departure
- Keep bait at hand and avoid having to lean over the side of the boat to access live bait.
- Check the marine weather for the area before departure and prepare proper clothing; avoid fishing when high winds and lightening are in the forecast.
- Keep a close eye on boats and vessels approaching or drifting by your boat.
- Avoid distractions such as eating and cell phone use.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol when operating a vessel.
- Be prepared for any emergency by planning rescue efforts in advance with all those onboard.
- Insist that all passengers remain seated while the boat is in motion
- Always let someone on land know where you plan to fish and what your estimated time of arrival will be back to shore.
- Keep anchors tied securely to the boat and refrain from leaning over the boat to pull the anchor back.
- Be prepared for unsuspected storms by carrying rain gear and tarps for cover.
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