Fishing and hooks

Fishing is a great way to spend the day with family and friends, but it’s important that you and your fishing companions keep safe. Here are a few tips to keep you out fishing and to cut down on time spent with an injury.

Removing fish hooks:
• Leave the hook in and get medical attention immediately if it’s in your eye, eyelid or in too deep to move.
• If you stick yourself with a hook, push the hook all the way through so the barb comes out of the skin. Cut the barb off with a wire cutter and back the hook right out.
• After the hook is out, clean the wound and bandage it.
• Crimping the barbs on your hooks before fishing can make it easier to get it out if you get stuck.

Fishing with young anglers:
When you go fishing with kids, you need more than fishing gear. Here are some items you don’t want
to forget:
• Bring one adult for every child
• Life jackets for everyone
• Long handled fishing net, great for netting fish and for reaching out to someone if they fall into the water
• Hat and eye protection
• First aid kit with medical supplies to deal with minor cuts and scrapes
• Plenty of healthy cold drinks to keep hydrated
• Insect repellent
• Waterproof sunscreen

Handling & cleaning fish:
Here are some simple tips to keep in mind after you reel in the big one:
• If you are not keeping the fish, take the fish off the hook as soon as possible and gently lower it into the water.
• Don’t allow the fish to flop around on the dock, or the floor of the boat. Use a stringer, mesh bucket, or live well to keep the fish alive until you’re ready to clean it.
• Use a sharp fillet knife. A dull knife makes filleting more difficult and dangerous.
• Always keep the sharp side of the blade pointed away from hands, arms and bodies as you fillet the fish.
• When finished, clean the fillet knife with warm soapy water and place back into its case. Never leave a knife uncovered in your tackle box or the floor of the boat.

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