1. Are you Ready to Cast a Line This Summer?

    The first week of June is recognized as “Fishing Week.” (As if you needed another excuse to go fishing!) Living near the beautiful Gulf of Mexico opens many opportunities to Neal Community residents to go fishing.

    But in order to not let something like this happen to you, keep these safety tips in mind.

    -Wear sunscreen- Not only will your skin hate you if you forget to lather up, but you’ll scare aware the fish, too.

    -Take a lifejacket. Can you float? Can you float better than a floatation device, such as a lifejacket? We didn’t think so, so make sure to have it packed.

    -Bring a buddy. There is safety in numbers, so use this as the perfect time to reconnect with an old friend.

    -Use your equipment responsibly- Check behind you before casting to ensure a nothing is behind you. Remember, you are fishing for fish, not trees or other fisherman.  Leave your tackle box in an area where you or someone else is unlikely to trip on it.

    -Pack a first aid kit. Make sure to have a kit stocked with band-aids, gauze, medical tape, and other survival items.

    So where can you reel in a prize fish in the Sarasota area? Check out this website for the locations of local saltwater piers, tips on how to prepare what you catch, and even seafood restaurants in case you just can’t wait until you get home and grill your own.

    Fishing isn’t a dangerous sport, especially if you follow these safety tips. So cast your line and enjoy your time fishing.

    “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” – Doug Larson