Fishing is not for the faint of heart, and for many getting jabbed with the gill of an alligator gar or hooked in the eyebrow with a treble hook is a right of passage. According to a recent article from Outdoor Life there are six common injuries that befall all anglers. Check out the list below and see if any of the accidents below have happened to you.
1.) Grabbing a Gill Plate
Many fish have sharp gill plates and if you don’t grab it in the right spot it can severely cut your hand or fingers.
2.) Getting Jabbed with a Fin Spine
Even small fish life bluegill have pokey spines and if you don’t grab it in the right manner chances are you’re going to get stuck.
3.) Haphazardly Lipping a Fish
It’s also very easy to get injured by grabbing a fish’s mouth because fish move quickly and if there’s a hook in there it could hook you as well.
4.) Going Full Contact with a Braided Line
Since braided line is so strong grabbing it with your bare hands, especially when it’s moving fast, can lead to major lacerations.
5.) Being Overaggressive when Snagged
When trying to free a snag remember that if it does come loose and you’ve been pulling hard the hook is likely going to come flying back at you.
6.) Failing to Prep for Filleting
Ensuring that you have a good work surface and the proper tools can make all the difference when filleting otherwise a flopping fish can be the cause of injury.
Now that you know more about the common mistakes that can lead to injury on the water try to stay away from these common pitfalls.