If you are an avid fisher, then you have probably dealt with your fair share of frustrations as we all deal COVID-19.
Basic Safety Guidelines for Fishing During the COVID-19 Crisis
Before you set out on your next fishing trip, review the following guidelines to help ensure the safety of yourself and others.
- If you are sick, stay home. If you are showing any symptoms, including fever, coughing, or trouble breathing, you need to stay home and call your doctor.
- Maintain social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Use your fishing pole as a tool for measurement. Hold your fishing pole in front of you and turn in a circle. If you hit anyone during that turn, then it is safe to say you need to put more distance between yourself and the person you hit.
- Make sure to follow all CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask while in public and when social distancing is not feasible.
- Keep from touching your face including your noses, eyes, and mouth.
- Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap is not readily available.
- Go fishing with only your immediate family. Avoid socializing in larger groups.
- Avoid sharing your gear with other people. Make sure to have your own gear and supplies handy on your next trip out
Check Local Guides & Regulations
Each county in Florida is deciding how to handle the crisis, so rules that apply in one county may not be the same in the next county over. So, make sure you do your research before you go out to make sure you are in full compliance and can have a peaceful and uninterrupted fishing trip.
Enjoy the Fresh Air
Fishing is a good activity you can do with your immediate family because it is safe and allows you all to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Just make sure that you social distance yourself from other groups and you remain in compliance with local guidelines. Following the tips we have outlined above can also help you achieve a peaceful and relaxing fishing trip with fewer hiccups along the way.
Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. We offer some of the largest inshore charter boats available in the area which allows for more individual space. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow. We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or www.captainrapps.com.