With more than 2 million lakes, countless rivers and streams, plus miles and miles of coastal waters, Canada constantly lures avid anglers from around the globe. Regardless of what you're after, Canada's world-class waters are home to thousands of species of fish and crustaceans.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of the catch, remember that there are inherent risks involved with being on or near the water and out in the wilderness. Here are some tips to make your fishing adventure safe and enjoyable:
On the water? Ensure that you’re up-to-date on boating safety and regulations.
At the water’s edge? Be bear aware. Bears have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to the fish you clean & gut. Ensure you know what to do if you meet one.
In, on, or near a river? These swift-moving bodies of water can quickly change from playground to danger zone if you don’t have the requisite knowledge of river safety before you launch. Actively seek out and participate in courses on river safety, fishing safety and boating safety in your area. The skills you learn could one day save a life… your own!
Check the weather before you head out. Understand weather patterns, hypothermia and cold water shock.
Carry a valid fishing license with you at all times.
Did you know that of the 492 drownings across Canada in 2005, 10% were anglers of whom 90% were not wearing a PFD? The latest in Personal Flotation Device technology offers comfortable, lightweight, inflatable life-saving vests designed specifically for sport fishing. Mustang Survival now carries a variety of lightweight PFDs including a Deluxe Inflatable Fishing Vest
. Get a PFD and use it. Don’t become a statistic.
Enjoy fishing Canada’s bountiful waters, and, as always, be AdventureSmart!
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