More people die fishing than in any other sport in the UK, it is therefore important that you read and follow these safety rules and guidance notes when fishing.
- Look out for and abide by any safety notices or warning signs – they are there to protect you.
- The fishery will have a set of rules, read these before you start fishing – ideally before you arrive at the fishery to enable you to prepare the right bait and equipment.
- Make yourself familiar with lifesaving equipment before fishing.
- To avoid slipping, wear appropriate footwear with good grip and take extra care on grassy banks.
- Using a chair or seat box is the best way to reduce the risk of falling in, make sure it is in a level/sturdy position.
- Make sure everything is to hand when seated so that you do not have to keep getting up.
- Wear head, eye and neck protection.
- Always check behind you before casting in case anyone is passing by.
- Never leave a baited hook on the ground or in the water when not actively fishing.
- Don’t block paths with tackle or bicycles.
- Keep rods and lines away from overhead power cables.
- In an electrical storm, cease fishing, put the rod down and move well away from it.
- Beware of adders (Britain’s only venomous snake); if you spot one leave it alone, they are harmless if left undisturbed.
- Be prepared to help others in difficulty but do not put your own life at risk.
Weils Disease (leptospirosis)
All watercourses can contain organisms which are harmful to our health. In particular where rodents (rats) are present or when they have been on the banks or in the water. Weils Disease is carried in the urine of rats and enters the human body through open cuts, scratches or the mouth. It is a very serious illness that can cause death. See your doctor if you get FLU like symptoms.