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CHECKLIST FOR YOUNG ANGLER SAFETY
KETCHUM, Okla. When you go fishing with kids, you need more than
tackle. For safety’s sake, you’ve got to bring the right attitude
Comes First as well as the right stuff.
That’s the advice from Hooked on Fishing International (HOFI), producers
the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby. This year, its
the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby program, along with the
of thousands of local volunteers, will take 300,000 kids fishing on
and ponds in all 50 states.
Here’s the Safety-Comes-First checklist that HOFI has developed to guide
the adult volunteers who supervise all those children (some as young
in more than 1,800 fishing events held at the water’s edge.
§ Establish rules. No running. Keep your shoes on, and look around
§ Set up a buddy system. The youngest anglers need an adult “buddy”
§ Make sure each angler, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, wears
flotation device at all times -- on the boat, on the dock, or on the
§ Bring a long-handled fish net, not just for netting fish, but
in case you
need to reach out to someone in the water. It will also retrieve trash
valuables from the water.
§ First Aid Kit. You should have a kit with medical supplies to
all manner of cuts and scrapes, bruises and bumps, bites and boo-boos.
You’re likely to be some distance away from professional medical assistance
so remember, in the meantime, you’re the “doctor.” Johnson &
Aid Pocket Pals are a smart addition to the tackle box.
§ Cold drink breaks. Summer temperatures can get pretty warm,
so bring lots
of cool water and other healthy drinks and make sure the young anglers
drink fluids often to prevent dehydration or even heat stroke.
§ Sunscreen. The ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun can do a lot
to skin, eyes and lips. Outfit young anglers with proper sunglasses,
billed cap, and clothing appropriate to the climate and sun conditions.
Avoid fishing in the middle of the day. Cover face, neck, ears, the
hands and all exposed skin with sunscreen with a sun protection factor
15 or higher. Apply chap protection wax on lips.
§ Insect repellent. Mosquitoes, ticks, bees and other insects
sting, they can carry diseases of one kind or another. Apply insect
repellent. Follow the directions on the container. If your insect repellent
contains “Deet,” it may be better to apply it to the clothing instead
§ Safety comes first. All the checklists in the world can’t anticipate
of the safety problems you or your young anglers might encounter on
fishing trip. So the best advice is think safety at all times. Look
trouble before it finds you. If it finds you anyway, know how to deal
HOFI teaches Safety Comes First to the organizations and adult volunteers
that do the hard work of staging 1,800 fishing events every year.
Organizations interested in hosting a youth fishing event can learn
about the program and even register on the web site,
www.kids-fishing.com. Qualifying groups receive a free kit with
needed to put on a local derby, including event promotion tools, a
handbook, name badges, prizes and goodies for each derby participant.
Parents who would like to bring their children to one of the events
find the nearest derby, and the dates, by checking the Derby Locator,
on the web site. The Derby Locator section even supplies the
of the local derby person to call for more information
In addition to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the Kids All-American Fishing
program benefits from its partnerships with Bar-S Foods Company, Berkley
PowerBait, Berkley Trilene, ConAgra Foods, Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum,
Claw, EverStart Batteries, FishingWorld.com, Fujifilm, Johnson &
First Aid Pocket Pals, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Laker Fishing Tackle
Clix Banner Exchange
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