June 1st through 9th is National Fishing and Boating Week. National fishing and boating week promotes the importance of recreational boating and fishing for enhancing people’s quality of life. In addition, it highlights the importance of preserving our country’s natural beauty. While boating and fishing activities are recreations we can participate in all summer long, this week is the perfect time to begin your boating and fishing experiences.
Hit the water
Get out on the water and unwind. You can relieve your stress with fishing and boating activities. If you don’t know how to fish or how to baot, join some classes to learn. There are courses available either online or at boating and fishing venues.
Free fishing days
In Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department allows free fishing all year long. However, not all states do. During National Fishing and Boating Week, there are free fishing days available in those states.
National Fishing and Boating Week also highlights the importance of mentoring and passing on, “on the water” experiences. You can either share these experiences with friends and family, or you can join a mentoring program for children who don’t have any family members to teach them.
A number of states hold events including how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades, family festivals, and more activities during National Fishing and Boating Week. This is a great time to participate in activities that other families enjoy as well. You can meet others who enjoy boating and fishing too.
Get a fishing license
In Texas, fishing licenses sustain our resources. By purchasing a fishing license, you help to protect, preserve, and enhance the sport of fishing.
Like any other activity you participate in, you need to take safety precautions. If you are fishing, make sure you practice safety measures when dealing with hooks, baiting the hooks, and removing fish that you’ve caught. Remember, removing a catfish the wrong way, can result in serious injury. Make sure you are aware of the various fish and the appropriate way to remove them to avoid injury.
Just like driving a vehicle, boating can be dangerous. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Watch for swimmers who aren’t paying attention, as well as other boaters who aren’t paying attention. It’s illegal to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, there are still people who violate this law. Be on the lookout for boaters who don’t seem to have their boats under control.
Happy Boating & Fishing from Long Lake, Ltd.