Celebrate National Fishing & Boating Week with the Sea Tow Foundation

Celebrate National Fishing & Boating Week with the Sea Tow Foundation

National Fishing & Boating Week is officially here, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to grab your fishing rod, pack up your tackle box, gather up your family and some of your closest friends, and hit your favorite body of water!

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The Sea Tow Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission it is to keep boaters safe on the water. With that in mind, as new anglers head out to their local waterways to fish, it is important to remember that fishing from a boat is a lot different than casting your lines from the bank. And, as long as you are in a boat, you must follow boating safety laws and regulations.

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Whether you’re an experienced angler or someone looking to experience the thrill of a tight line for the first time, there are a few things to remember, and the Sea Tow Foundation has included these 10 tips below:

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.5 Tips for Safe Line Casting

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. When casting, leave plenty of space for you and others to move around in the boat. Watch your hooks and make sure you’re not getting lines tangled or snagged.

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  1. The beauty of fishing from a boat is that it allows you to get close to the area you’re wanting to fish. Because of this, keep your casts short if you can do so without spooking the fish. Let your boat do the work for you.

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  1. Watch your balance. Keep a wider stance than you might back ashore and let your legs do the work to keep you upright.

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  1. Be sure to position your boat in a way that will keep it as stable as possible to give you a nice, balanced place to fish from. And don’t forget that you can always move the boat if the fishing isn’t great where you are currently located.

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  1. If possible, keep new anglers toward the front of the boat. This way, you’re able to keep an eye on them and provide feedback and lend a hand whenever they might need it.

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5 Tips for Landing the Big Fish

  1. Much like when you’re casting, it’s important to stay as balanced as possible when reeling in the fish.

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  1. If you can see the fish, you’ll know when it’s tired. It’ll roll over on its side to let you know it’s ready to be landed. Patience is key.

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  1. As you lean over to land the fish, try not to put all your weight over the side of the boat and hold onto the boat for support.

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  1. If you’re using a net, keep your weight over your feet and put the net all the way into the water, leading the fish into it. No need to expend extra effort lifting the fish with your rod.

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  1. Have the camera ready to capture the moment that you bring fish aboard. You’ll want to share those memories with family and friends that couldn’t join you.

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No matter how many fish you haul in, if you follow these 10 tips, you’re sure to have a fantastic day spent fishing. So, from all of us here at the Sea Tow Foundation – Happy National Fishing & Boating Week!

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For more information on fishing in your local area including information about fishing licenses and types of fish available this time of year, please visit our friends at Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar.

Written by  Gail Kulp

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