Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Tips for Fishing Safely During Coronavirus Pandemic

An Arete Wealth Management-licensed advisor, Leslie “Les” Goldstein serves as CEO of Personal Financial Strategies, Inc., in Park Ridge, Illinois. In addition to applying his Arete Wealth Management, LLC licensure skills to build client relationships that span three generations, Leslie Goldstein enjoys fishing in his leisure time.

Some recreational anglers are wondering if it’s safe to go fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most states are not placing restrictions on fishermen spending time out on the water, but they are encouraged to follow safety recommendations as well as any applicable local regulations. Of course, stay home if you are sick, especially if you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing.

Make the trip to your favorite fishing spots only with members of your household who are feeling well. Make sure to avoid sharing fishing gear with anyone outside of your household. Exchanging rods and reels, bait, lures, towels, pliers, or other items with people can spread the virus. Practice social distancing to decrease the chance of spreading the virus. A good way to measure a safe distance is to use your fishing pole as a guide. If you can turn all the way around without hitting anyone, you have achieved a safe distance. Of course, keep your hands away from your face and bring along an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands when soap and water are not available.