Fishing Safety on the St. Johns River

Summer is in full swing and the St. Johns River and the fish that call it home are calling your name. Need a quick refresher on fishing safety? Here are 8 safety tips you need to know to have a fun and safe summer fishing trip on the St. Johns River.

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We have 8 safety tips for a safe summer fishing trip on the St. Johns River.

First Aid Fishing Safety

Accidents happen when you are fishing on the river. Always make sure you carry a fishing first aid kit with bandages, pain relievers, disinfecting liquid and antibiotic cream.

Did you hook your skin instead of a fish? Follow these steps to remove a fishing hook from your skin:

  • Cut the hook away from the rest of the fishing lure.
  • Put a loop of fishing line around the bend of the hook and then hold down the eye and shank of the hook, pressing it lightly to the skin.
  • Grasp the loop in the line and with a sharp yank, pull the hook free.
  • Treat small cuts with adhesive bandages and antiseptic. For large or deep cuts, use clean gauze pad to reduce the bleeding.

Fish Hook Accident Must Read Tip: Never remove a hook from around a person’s eyes, face, the back of the hands or anywhere near ligaments tendons or blood vessels. Seek medical treatment to remove those hooks to prevent further injury.

Wear a Life Jacket

If you’re on board a boat, wear a life jacket. Make sure you have life jackets for each passenger.

Respect No Fishing Signs and Wildlife

Don’t fish in areas that are clearly marked as no fishing zones. These areas are off limits for a reason to protect wildlife and the river’s vegetation.

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Never grab a fish near the hook because the fish could wiggle the hook into your skin.

Bring Safety Items

Bring along items that keep you safe. Some of these items include:

  • Drinking water
  • Flashlights
  • Maps
  • A cell phone

Spray, Spray, Spray

Make sure you bring along both bug spray and sunblock. This will protect your skin and keep the pesky mosquitoes away.

Coordinate Your Clothing

Wear thin layers of clothing that you can shed as the weather warms up. Wear proper footwear that protects your feet from loose hooks and a hat to protect you from the sun.

Know Your Knives

Keep your fishing knives sharp and cover the blade when it’s not in use to avoid unnecessary injuries.

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Make sure no one is behind you when you are making a cast.

Hook Happenings

Be careful when baiting and removing hooks. Before you make a cast, make sure no one is behind you. Once you catch a fish, never grab it near the hook because the fish could wiggle the hook into your skin.

Book Your St. Johns River Trip

Now that you are equipped with the fishing safety tips you need to have a fun and safe summer boating trip on the St. Johns River, all you need to do now is rent a boat at Castaways on the River. We have cottages and motel rooms right on the river so you can stay awhile and enjoy the natural and peaceful surroundings. Call Castaways on the River at (352) 759-3442 to plan your summer fishing trip today!

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Lightning Safety

Florida’s tropical climate and warm waters create the perfect environment for lightening to strike in a flash.

Florida Lightning Statistics

Did you know that lightning is as thin as a ruler and five times hotter than the sun at some 53,000 degrees? Lightning causes between 10-13  fatalities and around 30 injuries per year in Florida, as reported by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

The Lightning Capital of the U.S.

“Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, with storms occurring approximately 100 days out of the year, compared to California’s low of only five,” UF/IFAS states. “Although our entire state rates as a high risk area, the most dangerous area runs from St. Augustine (north) to Lake Okeechobee (south) and from east to west coasts.”

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Since 2006, more people have been struck to death while fishing than any other outdoor activity in the world as reported by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Lightning Safety on the St. Johns River

To ensure the safety of swimmers, boaters and anglers on the St. John’s River, adjoining lakes and nearby springs, we have provided the following tips for avoiding lightening before it strikes:

Check the Weather

Weather predictions, storm warnings and safety precautions should not be ignored. Staying up-to-date with what’s going on with the weather can mean life or death while on the water where fatal strikes are more likely to occur.

Pay Attention to Warning Signs

If you see storm clouds approaching or hear thunder, head indoors. Thunder travels faster at the speed of sound, while lightning travels at the speed of light. Don’t assume it’s not coming for you. Better safe, than struck.


Plan Ahead

If you have ever spent longer than two weeks in Florida, you’ve probably called the weather reporter a liar. Florida’s weather conditions are unpredictable and sporadic. It might be raining on one side of the highway, but not the other. Therefore, plan ahead in case weather takes a turn for the not-so-sunny.

Call Ahead

If you are coming from out-of-town, give us a call before your visit. We can tell you what kind of weather expect to expect and help plan your next fishing adventure on the St. Johns River. Looking for a jet ski or boat rental? We can help you with that too. Give us a call at (352) 759-3422.