Fishing is often thought of as a solitary sport, the perfect time to escape from the world and grab some much needed peace and quiet. However, with more people than ever casting a line, there might also be some social aspects to consider when you’re out angling! There are various social etiquette tips that could be important for anglers, helping everyone enjoy the water together in harmony! Here at The Insurance Emporium, we want you to enjoy your fishing adventures to their fullest! That’s why we’ve explored some important social tips for anglers!
1. Be polite!
Despite fishing generally being a solitary sport, there’s a good chance that you’ll run into other anglers whilst you’re enjoying a day by the water. Making sure that you take the time to have a conversation and say hello could go a long way!
2. Be conscientious!
When you’re picking a spot to pitch up, it’s very important to think about those around you. There’s no harm in asking a fellow angler if a swim is free to use, just don’t just plonk yourself straight downstream from another angler!
3. Reel in!
If you see that the angler next to you has got a big fight on with a fish, it’s always polite to reel your line in or hold off from casting until they’ve finished. Nobody needs the distraction when they’re duking it out with a whopper!
4. Clean up after yourself!
Whether it’s discarded line or a crisp packet, ensure that everything that you take out with you comes back! Other anglers don’t want to be picking up your rubbish. It’s just common sense really!
5. Follow the rules!
Most areas will have their own set of rules, whether it’s a fishery or a river. Make sure that you check up on these rules beforehand and follow them when you get there. If you don’t you might find yourself ‘wading’ into trouble…
6. Got a licence to fish…
Wherever you’re fishing in the UK, you’ll need a fishing licence with you. Ensuring that you have this with you could be very important. If you get checked and don’t have it you could be affecting the reputation of your fellow anglers as well as incurring a hefty fine of up to £2,500!
7. Care for your kit!
Anglers have a responsibility to keep the waterways clean. Pests, such as Dikerogammarus Villosus which are otherwise known as ‘Killer Shrimp’, can easily be transferred from one body of water to another, this means that you have a duty to clean and dry your kit after every fishing trip!
Fishing can be a serene and relaxing sport to participate in, especially if everyone follows a few basic social etiquette rules! It might also be important to have some fishing equipment cover in place, helping you to enjoy the angling with less worry! At The Insurance Emporium, our new Fishing Insurance policies come with a 25% Introductory Discount* and include New For Old cover up to 4 years! Cast a line to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
*25% Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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