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Fishing during a storm: The ultimate guide

  • Jun 30, 2014

There are many things that occur during an outdoor trip that cannot be prevented - the whims of Mother Nature among them. During the summer, fishermen, especially those operating in the South, are accustomed to having to deal with pop-up storms. These brief spurts of water and lightning may not last long, but they can pose serious problems for the unprepared.

If you're venturing on a fishing adventure soon, it's important to learn how to navigate a pop-up thunderstorm, as adhering to these small tips may save your life. Be sure to stock up on the essentials - like a first-aid kit, nonperishable food and a watch compass - prior to your departure, as they can go a long way when you're in a pinch.

Read the weather report
This should go without saying, but be sure to carefully examine experts' predictions before getting in the boat. It's easy to dismiss a prediction that says there's a 30 percent chance of rain, but showers and storms are different entirely. Be sure to read a more thorough report that can adequately describe the predicted weather patterns, as this will allow you to prepare for the upcoming conditions.

Lay low if there's lightning
Lightning is frequently the first indication that a storm may be coming. Keep your eyes and ears open while fishing, as thunder and lightning typically occur simultaneously and if you happen upon either, the most important thing is returning to shore. If the storm is approaching quickly, it may not be wise to return to your docking point, especially if it's far. Once you see lightning or hear thunder, get out of the water immediately, as this is the worst place to be during this condition. Return to dry land and try to find terrain that will best shelter you from the storm. Avoid trees and tall objects, and wait at least 30 minutes following the last strike of lightning or clap of thunder before returning to the water.

If there's no time
Some storms leave boaters with no time to escape. If you're trapped on your vessel during a thunder or lightning storm, it's essential to heed the following tips. First, disconnect all electronics - not only is lightning drawn to these objects, but they can suffer serious damage after a strike. Boating magazine recommended avoiding all metal objects, finding whatever shelter is available in your boat and remaining in the position until the storm passes.

Fishing is a great leisure activity. However, add a storm to the picture, and things suddenly become a bit hectic. If planning a trip to go fishing during a storm, or if you get caught in one, be sure to be prepared. One way to be prepared for this type of scenario is to wear a ProTrek watch on your wrist. The PRW3000-1A is certainly a great fit as it has a built-in compass and Barometer. Conquer the storm with the PRW3000-1A!

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