Eric Haataja: Hey! I am Eric Haataja with Take Me Fishing. Before we get out on the water fishing today, I want to go over some really important safety equipment that you are going to need on your boat.
Some of the best fishing is done from a boat. It allows you to access almost 100% of the body of the water you are fishing in, especially when you are trying to catch the deeper dwelling species.
To get started, it's always a good idea to first review the boating safety rules, as well as local forecast before you depart on your trip. When you head out on the boat make sure you let someone on shore know where you are going and how long you are going to be gone.
You want to make sure that you are in compliance with state and federal fire regulations and are fully fueled up. So, when you are out on the water, you want to be prepared for any emergency situation and you want to make sure you have the right safety equipment. Now the first and most important thing is your PFD or your life vest. State and Federal Law requires you to have an improved PFD, personal floatation devices on board at least one per passenger. There are several other crucial items you will need for a day out on the water.
You will need a basic first-aid kit stocked with supplies such as band aid, gauze and aspirin. It's also a good idea to have a throwable like a cushion or a throw ring that can be thrown to a person in the water.
Signaling devices such as foghorns, flares and whistles are necessary to have onboard in an emergency situation as is a fully charged fire extinguisher, marine VHF radio and a cell phone.
Lastly you will need a boat anchor to keep you from running off ground in bad weather and toe ropes and dock lines so you can give someone a lift or tie up to a peer.
Keeping safety at top priority will ensure that you have a successful day on the water.