If you live near water, you have the opportunity to go fishing just about any time. However, if you impulsively jump into a boat with a container of bait and some gear, what will you catch? Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch a few small fish, but what if you want a trophy fish, one that is a lifetime achievement? That takes planning and preparation — the correct gear, the right lure or bait, and some research of where and how to start fishing.
Hazard recognition is like fishing. You can head out to a unit with the intent of finding some hazards, and you will. They may be small things that are less important; those are plentiful and easy to find. However, somewhere out there a monster may lurk — a hazard or condition that dwarfs the others and could potentially result in a serious event. How do you find that one extremely critical issue?
A successful fishing trip starts with preparation and planning. Trying to catch a trophy fish requires the correct fishing equipment. You might read fishing magazines for methods to land larger fish and learn the fish’s habitat and preferred swimming depth before you head out. Checking with some local folks who regularly fish that particular lake could yield some valuable clues.
Like the fishing trip, hazard inspections require preparation. Are you looking for any hazard, or a particular...
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