If you are just starting out with fishing, you should first find out and familiarize yourself with the regulations and local laws. Fishing, after all, is a form of hunting and like other forms of hunting, is an intrusion into nature and affects both your environment and the people around you. With care and respect, it is easy to enjoy this favorite sport responsibly.
This includes, above all, taking environmentally-friendly measures into account, not catching undersized fish, not fishing for protected species and sticking to seasonal bans or protected areas, etc. Fishing is a time-honored tradition and has been used by humans as a source of food for thousands of years. To ensure that future generations have enough fish, it is essential to follow a few rules.
A wide variety of techniques and customs have been used throughout the history of fishing. The way people fish has evolved due to technological advances, and so the rules, regulations, and social standards applied to fishing are constantly changing.
When fishing, always ensure proper management of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Remember that these waters have existed for thousands of years and will continue to exist long after we are dead. You can make a conscious decision to leave fishing spots in better shape than when you discovered them. Maintain our lakes, rivers, and other waterways for future generations to enjoy.
You can ensure that you take good care of the environment and your favorite fishing spots by following the regulations and local laws. This also includes “leave no traces”. You also want to find a clean natural environment when you arrive at a fishing spot, so don’t litter either.
Always have a garbage bag or other container available for waste collection. So you can take any garbage you produce with you and dispose of it properly somewhere. Nothing that wasn’t there before should be there when you leave. That also counts for a fire pit, dig a pit that you cover up again when you leave. It doesn’t take much thought to see how bad this is for the environment when everybody leaves their trash.
Always use the right bait and tackle when fishing. Certain baits and gear are permitted in certain locations. There will also be restrictions on the amount, size, and type of fish you can keep. Know these limitations and be aware of them. Don’t wait until you arrive at your fishing spot to find out what’s not allowed. Before you embark on your fishing holiday, check your destination to find out about local restrictions. If you intend to fish from a boat, find out what types of vessels are allowed where you intend to fish.
Every nature spot, park or fishing spot is unique, so pay close attention to local regulations and warnings. This also applies to your equipment and even if you use your own boat on different waters. Everything needs to be cleaned properly after you’ve been on the water. You don’t want non-native species to spread to another body of water and appear as invasive species that eventually wipe out entire local species. Finally, never fish in areas where it is prohibited or where it is temporarily seasonally prohibited. There is always a reason why something is not allowed. Protection of certain wildlife, proper vegetation management, and safety for you and those wishing to fish are just a few of the reasons.
To ensure your safety, you should also take some personal precautions. As with any hunt, safety comes first. If you are fishing from a boat, make sure you wear your life jacket. Make sure all your passengers are wearing their life jackets. Use extreme caution when baiting and removing hooks. Make sure you don’t fish in areas where you shouldn’t be. Obey posted speed limits and wake-up warnings that come with boating. Bring all necessary safety gear, including water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone.
In recent years, sport fishing has become very popular. Never before have more fishing licenses been sold and has more money been spent on fishing equipment by hobby fishermen. The trend seems to continue. You value the sport of fishing so follow the regulations to ensure it can continue. Respect others and the environment by acting responsibly and respectfully. Take the time to learn how to be a better, safer angler while protecting the environment and natural resources. Only take what you can eat.