This Week’s Fishing Report, National Safe Boating Week Tip

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The Freshwater Fishing Report has been updated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) just in time for what appears to be a wet Memorial Day weekend.

To find the Freshwater Fishing Report, click here.

However, those are venturing out to see if the fish will bite are urged to keep a few things in mind. This week is National Safe Boating Week and, with rain expected through the weekend and into Monday, today’s safe boating message from the National Weather Service and the Safe Boating Council could not be more timely.

“Thunderstorms can be a mariner’s worst nightmare. They can develop quickly and create dangerous wind and wave conditions. Thunderstorms can bring shifting and gusty winds, lightning, waterspouts, and torrential downpours which can turn a day’s pleasure into a nightmare of distress.

There are no specific warnings or advisories for lightning but all thunderstorms produce lightning. A lightning strike to a vessel can be catastrophic, especially if it results in a fire or loss of electronics. If your boat has a cabin, then stay inside and avoid touching metal or electrical devices. If your boat doesn’t have a cabin, stay as low as you can in the boat.

Boaters should use extra caution when thunderstorm conditions exist and have a plan of escape. Mariners are especially vulnerable because at times they may be unable to reach port quickly. It is therefore strongly recommended you do not venture out if thunderstorms are a possibility. If you do venture out and recognize thunderstorms nearby, head to port or safe shelter as quickly as possible. Ultimately, boating safety begins ashore with planning and training. Keep in mind that thunderstorms are usually brief so waiting it out is better than riding it out.

This message was brought to you by the National Weather Service and the National Safe Boating Council. Visit the National Weather Service on the web at www.weather.gov and the National Safe Boating Council at www.safeboatingcouncil.org”

The NWS and the Safe Boating Council issued the statement as part of National Safe Boating Week.

Please use extreme caution on waterways, and stay tuned to local media for flooding advisories and weather alerts. Obey all applicable laws and safety guidelines.

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