Safety is paramount

In the heat of the summer, some anglers find the heat of the day too oppressive and take to the water only after dark.

It is vital that every safety precaution be set in place while fishing at night:

• PFDs (personal flotation devices) should be worn at all times.

• Go slow. Underwater obstacles can cause a boat to overturn even at a modest speed.

• Have onboard — and use — a spotlight to illuminate the water ahead of the craft.

• Avoid the use of alcohol. If night fishing after a day’s activity, fatigue can set in quickly, affecting response time and judgement.

• Don’t go alone. Take along an adult buddy who is capable of assisting you in case of an emergency.

• Leave a travel plan with someone responsible, should emergency personnel have to search for you.

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