Check the weather forecast before you go. www.met.ie Check this site for weather alerts both Marine and National marked Yellow, Orange and Red and if it is a bad weather forecast, consider postponing your fishing trip. If Boating or shore angling check the Sea Area forecast. Met Eireann have a very good weather App. You can down load on your smart phone
Tides & currents:
Check what time the tide is in or out. www.sailing.ie/tides any tide over 4 metres high will be very high and very strong, be careful not to be cut off if fishing from the shore.
Bring the right gear and clothing:
Everyone must wear Personal Flotation Devices i.e. a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, even if you are fishing from shore a 150 to 275 Newtons (expressed as e.g. 150N 190N 275N) is a must IN ALL OPEN COASTAL WATERS. Also consider if you have enough warm waterproof clothes, boots, sun protection, and your fishing equipment including a good water proof torch. A marine VHF radio or mobile phone will allow you to call for help if you need it but a marine Radio on channel 16 is best as mobiles phones can sometimes fail when near cliffs due to loss of coverage.
Never go alone, if you get into trouble there will be someone there to help you or call for help. Make a plan and stick to it, tell someone where you are going, what time you will be back, what to do if you don’t turn up and who to contact. Stay sober many accidents on or near the water are caused by drinking alcohol. It will impair your judgment and reactions as well as speeding up heat loss.
If you are using a boat make sure that you have enough fuel, the boat is not overloaded, if anyone feels seasick it is best to come ashore immediately, always wear a Lifejacket when on deck. Keep your Marine Radio on channel 16 and listen out for Navigational warnings and Weather warnings, Keep a good tool kit on board.
Keep a good eye on the weather it can change very quickly in a local area, Weather, daylight, water levels and currents can change quickly. Watch what is happening around you to avoid getting caught out.
In an Emergency if Onshore Dial 999 or 112 and ask for Coast Guard. If Boating call the Irish Coast Guard using VHF radio on channel 16. If you have no VHF use a phone and dial 999 or 112
Stay safe and use your Head, don’t take risks the odds are stacked against you.