Deep-Sea fishing is so much fun and the kind of experience that creates lifelong memories. But it is also very important to know how to fish safely to prevent injuries, sicknesses, and stressful situations. Since 2005, we have been providing professional fishing trips and off-grid lodging off the coast of Panama, so we know what it takes to keep our guests safe and having an amazing time!

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice just learning about sport fishing for the first time, here are our top fishing safety tips to remember when you are out on the water. 

How to Fish Safely in Panama

Although the waters in the Gulf of Chiriquí and Hannibal Bank are ideal fishing areas, it is still crucial to check the weather because conditions offshore can change rapidly. We always keep a marine radio or satellite data device handy so that we know what to expect on the boat.

When you book a trip with us, we’ll make sure that all of the boat safety equipment is in working condition, including PFDs, flashlights, fire extinguishers, and flares. We’ll make sure a first aid kit is secured away in a dry place and that all our fishing tackle and gear are stowed away so that sharp equipment doesn’t put anyone at risk.

As a guest on one of our boats, here are some things that you can do to promote good fishing safety:

  • Make sure your clothes are suitable for the weather (raincoat, closed-toe shoes, etc.)
  • Listen to your captain to learn how to properly use the fishing equipment
  • Keep lures and hooks in the tackle boxes
  • Double-check your own safety gear to ensure it is in working order
  • Tell someone you know personally back home about your fishing trip plan

Boating Safety Tips for Your Adventure

In addition to practicing safe fishing habits, you should also remember some general boating safety tips so that you and everyone else on the boat have the best possible experience. Here are some boating tips to keep in mind as you head out to sea:

  • Keep yourself energized and well-hydrated with ample food and water on the boat
  • Apply sunscreen regularly to prevent sunburns
  • Maintain good posture and don’t put too much strain on your body while fishing to prevent injuries
  • Know your limits and when its time to take a break from fishing
  • Avoid fishing while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Help keep the boat neat and tidy so that gear does not become a tripping hazard

Plan a Safe Fishing Trip with Us!

One of the best parts about booking a trip with us is that we prioritize your safety and take care of all the details so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy fishing. Call Captain Shane directly at 011 (507) 6675-7191 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about our safety protocols or to tell us more about the type of deep-sea fishing experience you’re looking for!