Basic pointers to stay safe when shore angling

Shore angling is very popular in Jersey, from a wide range of coastal landscapes including beaches, piers and from the cliffs.

Here are some basic pointers to make sure you stay safe:

  • Check the weather forecast. Be especially aware of the swell when fishing from exposed locations and position yourself in a safe location well up from the high water mark.
  • Check the tide times – many popular fishing spots around the island will have gullies that get cut off over high water.
  • If you are fishing from an exposed area, always wear a lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD). There are a variety of different types available, many specifically designed for anglers.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are and when you intend to be back.
  • If you would like, you can call Jersey Coastguard on +44 (0) 1534 447705 and advise us where you will be fishing. Pass over your contact details (bearing in mind some areas of our coastline, mobile phone coverage can be poor) how many people and the planned duration of your trip.
  • In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Do not enter the water to rescue someone in difficulty. Throw something that floats such as a lifebuoy, or even a cool box if you have one with you.