Why is Night Bass Fishing Safety Important?
Consider the Following:
80% of People Who Drown In the U.S. Annually Are Males
One-Third of All Boating Fatalities Are Fishermen
Night bass fishing safety is first and foremost preparation and it's smart. It's making sure you have all you might need if the night doesn't go as you planned. You may never need the things you find in this article. But I guarantee, if you find yourself needing any of them but once you will be very glad you had them close at hand.
Number 1: Prepare A What-If List
Your what-if list should consider all possibilities involving areas such as mobility, electronic failure, visibility, communication, injury, thirst/hunger and bodily warmth or heat depending on the season. The following are items you should include in your preparations for a trip where you'll be fishing in the dark. Not a bad habit to have them handy all the time, daylight or dark. Some may seem redundant but the best way to avoid problems is to have backups to your backups.
What-If List That Prepares You For Most Any Emergency
Does the list seem excessive? When it comes to safeguarding your life, night bass fishing safety means it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Here are some examples of the things I include in my night bass fishing safety "What-If" preparations.
Personal Floatation Device
Besides being required by law this item is one of the most important night bass fishing safety devices. Virtually nobody drowns when wearing a life jacket of some sort.
You can't go wrong with this USCG-approved Type II automatic inflation vest.
A battery powered lantern like this one provides more than ample hands-free lighting for movement around your boat. There may be times when you want both hands free rather having one tied up holding a flashlight. This type lantern is inexpensive and effective.
These little lights are incredibly handy. They are available in a wide range of lighting powers and in addition to enhancing your fishing safety they're invaluable for tying knots at night.
They also have a fairly broad range of price points so you can choose one that fits your needs and price range.
Hand Held Weather Alert Device
In addition to checking the weather forecast before launching it's a good idea to have this little devices with you. There are times when an unexpected bit of "local" nasty weather pops up. This can give you fair warning in time to head for cover.
Important tools in your night bass fishing safety toolbox are flashlights. The one in the picture is a small one that can be kept close at hand by hooking it to your belt. I do so with a plastic tie. It's also a good practice to have a regular size as well.
These are in addition to your boat running lights and a spotlight.
VHF Shortwave Radio Set
You may think this is overkill, especially in the days of cell phones. But if you don't already know, there are many areas on a large lake where cell phones can't grab a signal.
This little set will reach out and touch someone 15 miles away. Of course this range can be diminished in highland reservoirs like those found in the South.