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Can a Fishing Line Cut You? We’ve Got the Answer
Published: July 15, 2021
There is nothing better than a day spent fishing. Anglers from all over the world will agree with this statement. This beloved recreational sport can be exciting, relaxing, or anything you want it to be, which is why it’s one of the most popular pastimes. It’s also no surprise that fishing gained tremendous popularity during the pandemic.
However, certain types of fishing lines, such as braided or mono fishing lines, can cut deep into the skin and can even cut off a finger if mishandled. Thus, it’s crucial to wear protection on your hands when fishing with braided fishing lines to prevent injuries.
Unlike motocross or jet skiing, the potential dangers of this sport often don’t come to mind when one thinks of recreational fishing. However, there are plenty of ways to injure yourself with this sport. After all, commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous professions, and for a crucial reason.
If you’re an avid fisherman or are looking to cast a line as a novice, you must understand the dangers and precautions you should take with the sport. Most fishing injuries are due to cutting and piercing objects or falls (source).
Anglers know to take care when handling fishing rods and hooks, but have you ever asked yourself if the fishing line can cut you? In this article, we’ll answer this question.
Types of Fishing Lines
It’s essential to know the different types of fishing lines to better understand what type might be best for you and ensure your safety on your fishing trip. First, consider the type of fishing you will be doing and the type and size of fish you plan on catching. All of these factors will determine what type of line you should use. Keep in mind that there are drawbacks and benefits to each type of line.
The three main types of fishing lines are:
This type of fishing line is the tried and true line that has been used for over 60 years. As of today, it is the most commonly used one by experienced anglers. These lines are nylon-based. Their benefits include their softness and ability to stretch easily, thus providing easy knotting and less slippage.
Many anglers prefer monofilament lines because they cut cleanly with clippers and casts light lures with spinning gear with ease, according to Outdoorlife.com (source). They are also by far the cheapest option, which makes them the most popular choice for hobby fishing.
However, a mono fishing line is not recommended for deepwater fishing as the lines can absorb water, but are fine for boat fishing and typically any novice angler.
Fluorocarbon is the most expensive type of fishing line. It offers less stretch and won’t absorb water like mono, making it a better choice for deepwater fishing or trolling. It’s also more rigid and better withstands abrasion than mono. Another benefit to fluorocarbon is that it’s virtually invisible in the water.
Anglers can use this line in heavier pound tests over other more visible lines. However, one considerable drawback is that these lines are more difficult to knot than mono lines due to their stiffness.
Braided lines have recently gained popularity due to their high abrasion resistance and easy casting capabilities. They are smaller in diameter than mono fishing lines but have a higher pound test. Some anglers prefer braided lines because they don’t have any stretch. The lack of stretch makes the lines extremely sensitive, so that an angler will feel the slightest bite on their line.
Braided fishing lines also provide knot strength. However, this type of line is more expensive than mono lines and can be more difficult to knot. Besides, it’s not recommended for inexperienced anglers to use braided lines. Due to its strength, if it gets twisted around a finger, it can cut it off.
Hand Protection When Fishing
It’s crucial to wear hand protection when fishing, especially when using a braided fishing line. Even mono lines can cut deeply into wet skin. Additionally, a pair of fishing gloves can protect your hands from sharp hooks, sharp fish fins, spines, and teeth. They can also provide sun protection since sunscreen on the hands can make them slippery.
Several fishing gloves available on the market will offer adequate protection. Make sure that the pair you select fits well and allows for good grip. You don’t want to be fumbling over your lines and hooks.
For a more experienced angler who fishes often, it’s worth investing in a more expensive pair of gloves, such as those made with high-quality material, like kevlar (source). If you’re an occasional angler, however, opt for cheaper gloves that you can replace occasionally.
Many anglers prefer an open finger design because of the extra dexterity it provides for working with hooks and knots. However, you must consider the task that you’re taking on and wonder whether fingerless gloves are the best option or if a full glove is necessary for extra protection. When working with lines, handling fish, or removing hooks, a full glove is the way to go. It’s not worth losing a finger for a bit of extra dexterity.
As an alternative to full gloves, some avid anglers also recommend using finger guards. Those are typically made of leather, suede, and neoprene and offer excellent protection and movement.
Medical or hockey tape is yet another form of finger protection. Make sure to wrap the tape firmly around your fingertips. Although this method is rather efficient, some anglers complain that the tape can be stiff. In that, finger guards can offer more flexibility.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are some common dangers while fishing?
Slipping and falling on wet rocks or platforms is a common hazard while fishing. Whether you’re wading or standing on a dock casting a line, many accidents can occur by losing your balance. To prevent this, make sure to wear the proper shoes while fishing. Ensure the tread is good quality and not worn down at all. You’ll also want to make sure they offer good support and are durable.
If you are wading, don’t go past your knees as it’s much easier to lose your balance then.
Injuries from hooks can happen when casting or unhooking your fish. Therefore, be careful when handling hooks and avoid distractions. You may also get hurt by the fish itself, so be mindful when handling your catch. Fish fins, scales, and teeth can cause flesh wounds that may lead to infections.
Lastly, if you’re fishing in colder climates, make sure you dress up warmly, as a spray of water can leave you chilled. Pack a raincoat and extra clothes in case you get wet. Hypothermia can set in quickly, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared.
What other protective gear should I bring when going fishing?
In addition to protecting your hands while fishing, there is some additional gear that you’ll want to pack for your next fishing trip. Below is a list of items you’ll want to throw in your bag for your fishing trip:
- Glasses (or sunglasses)
- Rain gear
- Change of clothes
- Durable shoes
- Fishing first aid kit
- Lifejacket (if boat fishing)
- Waders or hip boots
Glasses won’t only protect your eyes from the sun; they could also protect you from getting a fish hook in the eye. While your skin will heal, a hook in the eye is a lot more serious accident.
Additionally, you won’t want to leave your home without a well-stocked fishing first aid kit. Fishing kits are distinguishable by their waterproof containers (source).
Make sure your kit includes band-aids, antiseptic, sterile pads, and wire cutters. Some may even come with hook removers.