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Fishing on your own? Be Savvy, Be Safe!

Written by Dan. Posted in Sea Fishing

The Angling Trust's Safety Code for Lone Anglers. Fishing on your own? Be Savvy, Be Safe!

Lots of us enjoy fishing alone, sometimes in remote places. None of us are immune to that unexpected accident that needs medical attention quickly. So...

  • Inform someone where you're going, and when you expect to be returning. It doesn't have to be a precise co-ordinate, a general area will do. Same with the timing.
  • Always carry a well-charged mobile phone. Check signal availability and strength on arrival. Put it in a waterproof case and then into pocket on the upper half of your body, the better to reach to dial 112 or 999.
  • Programme the European emergency services number 112 into your mobile, or memorise it. If you have an accident somewhere outside your mobile network coverage this number will find and use other networks.
  • Carry something with you that can use to alert others; a whistle is cheap. A personal/rape alarm can work, too. They're small and cost a bit more.
  • Consider carrying an emergency/space blanket. Cold can make shock and pain worse than it need be. They cost and weigh very little. Try a 'Pound Store'.
  • Likewise, consider wearing a self-inflating life-jacket when fishing from steep  banks, or in darkness. Modern versions are small, lightweight, and inexpensive if you consider what your life is worth!
  • If you regularly fish alone in remote areas, a flare or GPS-based satellite location device are recommended. A 'Spot' personal tracking device, or a more expensive electronic personal locator distress beacon (EPIRB) could be useful.
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Handling & Storage of Fresh Fish

Written by Keith Peel. Posted in Sea Fishing

After catching or purchasing your fish, we must make sure we keep it as fresh as possible. This provides the chef (you) with the highest quality we can for cooking. Heres a few pointers that will hopefully help you acheive this.

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Sea Fishing Terms & Jargon

Written by Keith Peel. Posted in Sea Fishing

Ever heard an angler mutter some words and wonder what on earth they were on about? Words like Flapper, Slapper, Rubby Dubby an Snood? Well hopefully this list of sea fishing terminology and jargon will help you understand a few of the terms us sea dogs use at times. Feel free to add more in the comments below if you known of any that should be in the list.

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Fishing Swordfish Without Killing?

Written by FishKeep. Posted in Sea Fishing

A Swordfish on deck. It’s all about fishing. The dark side gladiator of the ocean. The swordfish. Have you ever tried landing a big swordfish on deck? After a 5-6 hours fight with a 1000 pound swordfish that had no intention of giving up without a fight. This great fish is a legend living in its own time.

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Fishing for Sharks

Written by FishKeep. Posted in Sea Fishing

It seems like every sport has a category that is set aside for the extreme. Believe it or not, there are some that were not deterred by the movie Jaws and they choose to seek out sharks instead of run from them. If you are so bold as to take on shark fishing, you should understand some basics before hitting the open sea.

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