If you are a fishing enthusiast, but are worried about the impact your hobby has on the environment, you may be looking to find tips to improve your approach to your pastime. You’ve come to the right place, as the following post is full of great and often easy to follow tips that will help make your fishing sessions and trips eco-friendlier.
Take Some Bin Bags
Okay, so that might sound relatively straight forward and it may be something you already do, but it is worth highlighting. There’s also a new line of thought, whereby you take an extra rubbish bag and while you are fishing, once you are packing up if you see any rubbish in the surrounding area, fill your extra bin bag with it.
Clean Up When Your Done
Again, you probably already do it. But, be honest, do you always make sure you clear up every single line and hook you use? If you want to fish more responsibly and greener, you need to make better efforts to cleaning up after yourself. Making sure that there is nothing left that could trap a fish that isn’t going to be caught and killed or unhooked.
Use Natural Lures and Baits
We are not saying that you must be sure that all the ingredients in a bait are 100% natural. It doesn’t really matter or cause any negative impact if chicken livers have preservatives in them. What we mean is, though, that you should always aim to use baits that are as natural for the environment you are fishing as possible.
So, instead of using livers or corn when you are going after catfish, use crawfish. If you are looking to land some delicious crab, leave the dog food for your canine buddy and opt for rotting fish instead. This is particularly important if you want to cause less harm to fish you intend to release after catching.
Practice Fire Safety
Although you may prefer to use a camping stove, there is a simple joy in cooking your catch over an open fire, or some delicious camping snacks. Although making a fire is not in itself dangerous for the environment. If you are not careful and don’t follow basic fire safety practices, it can be dangerous to the environment and you.
It’s important, to begin with, that you build a fire in an open space with around 10 feet all around your fire between it and the trees and plants surrounding it. If you’re going to use wood from the local area, make sure you only use wood that has already fallen. Green wood, that is, wood freshly taken from trees can be harmful to you and the environment when it is burned.
Always Keep a Bucket or Two of Water Close to Hand
In case your fire gets out of control or starts causing damage, you should always make sure you have a bucker or two of water close to hand. It should go without saying that you should never burn wood that has been treated with chemicals or plastics. Always extinguish your fire when you are finished with it.