To all gentlemen, ladies and baldheaded babies:
Hey fellow anglers! If you ever find yourself on a boat, remember to have the necessary safety equipment with you. Not just because it's the law, but to keep you alive. A lot of dangerous things can happen when your out on the water, believe me I know. I once had to call the Coast Guard to help find me. I was lucky I had reception with my cell phone. One important safety tip to know, is to let someone know where you're going to be and how long your expected to be gone. This can be done with maps, buoy markers, known bodies of water or visible land marks. Before you depart on your adventure, do a thorough inspection on the watercraft and your gear. As for equipment, there should be life jackets readily available for everyone on the boat. If you are boating at night, boat lights are required and necessary for other boaters to see you. Loud sound producing devices like whistles can really come in handy in a tough spot and the law requires them. Lastly, don't drink any alcohol while operating any vehicle, ever. For more information about boater safety and laws, click on Texas Parks and Wildlife in our Helpful Links.