i know i am as guilty as the next person when it comes to doing dumb things while fishing and now becoming aware of it or it may just be me doing it, most can be resolved with just a little thought. 1. pulling the line down and having tension form the rod tip will make the hook a accident waiting to happen, simple resolve open the bail or release the spool, reduces the hook from being able to hook someone when it slips out your hand. 2. holding hooks between your teeth while pulling leader line , ok maybe this is just me, no resolve can be made here just plain stupidity on my part. 3. putting the bait knife back into its holder, often after using the knife it just put on the cutting board, this can be a hazard especially in a boat or on the shore line, a slip or a fall can prove to be a trip for stitches or worst. Resolve put the knife pack in its holder and in a safe place. 4. my favorite netting has always been a issue for me, hey just hold the net and i will put the fish into it, but most people want to use the net to scoop up the fish and tend to extend out of the boat way too much followed by a cold bath. Resolve netting is not hard most times you can lead the fish into the net easier than scooping up and maybe missing and spooking the fish or even knocking it off. 5. Boat fishing is fun but the ability to stay balance in a boat could be hard on waters that are rolling, keeping the deck clean of gear and equipment can help, nothing is worst than tripping over something when playing a fish or just moving around the boat 6. storing a hook on a rod, most people just use one of the eyes to hold the hook well after repeated snags on my life vest i now take the hook and place it on the foot of my reels keeping the hook safely stored out of the way of hands and feet. I am writing this post because the other day i was out and notice that i pulled the line tight to reach for some bait and came to the realization that i just made sling shot out of a hook and line, then i was hooking up a rod with a new rig and i was holding a real sharp hook in my mouth and notice the tip was digging into my chin, well now i stopped that practice. i also notice that when i got done cutting bait i just laid the knife down on top of the bait tank where the cutting board is thinking i should put that away before it becomes lodge in my leg or i sit on it. WE got a hook up and the young man was the net man i most times do my own netting hence i guide the fish into the net. well this young man was extended over the boat and netting ability was, well lets say we got the fish, but if we would have hit a wake it could have thrown him off balance, keeping the boat clean is my biggest pet peve i hate tripping over anything or having stuff under foot so i put everything in its place after i am done using it, a boat is small enough no matter how big it is there is never enough room so keeping tidy just helps if you have any other safety tips or dumb things besides this post please chime in, we are getting into another fishing season and i hate to here about anyone getting hurt, Thanks for you time and hope everyone has a safe and productive summer.