Don’t Be The One That Got Away

To get the most out of your trip and ensure your safety, you should have a plan before you go. Fishing is a hugely enjoyable activity and with proper planning you’ll get home safely with many happy memories.

Before you pack that tackle box, tie those flies or buy that new net, you need to consider a number of issues.

Assess the location you are going to, the weather forecast beforehand, the limitations of your boat, tides and any potential hazards on your trip. Always have a contingency plan and leave details about your trip with someone on shore.

Prepare A Plan Before You Go Angling

  • Check the weather forecast before you go.
  • Assess tides and currents before you leave.
  • Seek advice from local angling sources when fishing in unfamiliar waters.
  • Always bring somebody with you – never fish alone.
  • Tell somebody where you are going and when you plan to return.


Anglers Barry and Kevin share their tips that will help you to stay safe.

Lake boat anglers Kevin and Barry share their advice to help you stay safe.

Going shore angling? Don’t be the one that got away, with fishing alone, with being too close to the edge when that wave hit, with not wearing a lifejacket. Never risk yourself for a fish. Remember – Better Safe, Than Sorry. For angling advice, visit An initiative of the Government of Ireland.

If you’re boating, angling, windsurfing or paddle boarding, SAFE always wears a lifejacket. SORRY wishes you had. For more information, see Better Safe, Than Sorry.

In two to three minutes, cold water shock can cause: deep gasping, uncontrollable breathing, increased heart rate & blood pressure, panic, incapacitation and drowning. All in just two to three minutes. Know how cold our waters can be. Stay away from edges, particularly where there is slippery, unstable or uneven ground. Watch for unexpected waves. And always wear a lifejacket, on or near water. For advice, visit