Fishing is a fun pastime and i also very relaxing that you can do by yourself, with a friend or with your family. Some steps that you should take to enjoy your day are Inspect your boat, make sure you have the right equipment, and you cant go fishing without your tackle box. Before taking your boat out to catch some fish, you might need to have a boat license depending on the size of your boat; Boat licenses should be renewed each year. Usually when a boat is licensed it has a sticker displaying the licensure. In most states a licensed boat that is licensed in one state can be used in another state. Before getting in the water to go fishing, you should make sure you have your safety equipment. Some of this equipment might be required by law; for example, in most states life jackets are a must especially if you have children on board. An emergency stop (kill switch) is a good idea to have with you, you can clip it to your jacket and if you happen to accidentally fall off the boat the kill switch will automatically shut off the boat engine. Purchasing some rope is needed to be able to tie your boat to a dock and can also be of help in case you or someone else gets stranded in open water. A fire extinguisher can be of use if your boat engine happens to catch on fire. A horn, whistle or flares can be of use if you get stranded and need help. Because you will be fishing on your boat, you will be staying in one place to catch fish; you will need an anchor to keep the boat in place and a cleat to hold the anchor when its offshore. It is also a good idea to carry items for unexpected weather conditions. When you are in the water, weather can be unpredictable. Some items that might be of help are: sunglasses to avoid an accident, sunscreen to avoid sunburns, and a rain jacket. Before heading to the water, look over your boat, check the inside and outside. Make sure they are no cracks or worn down areas where water might get in your fishing boats. Make sure all you boat lights are working properly. Check the boat motor to make sure it runs and there are no leakages. Also, look over the boat trailer to make sure the wheels are in good shape and the taillights are working properly. Lastly you cant go fishing without your tackle box. In your tackle box you should have the following: hook, line, sinker, bobbers (used to catch the fish), lures (food for the fish), leaders to keep the fish from biting and getting away. Now youre all set to go fishing!
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