You have a very sensible girlfriend!
I would suggest you wear the life jacket, carry a whistle and a FLASHLIGHT especially if night fishing.
A headlamp will be fine.
P.S. Congratulations on reaching 1000 posts, may you write many more!
Thank you Kingfish! These days I carry my head lamp and flashlight at all times even during the day.
I have in the past forgotten my head lamp when I went fishing in the evening and realized that after dark.
A helmet as you suggested may be a good Idea when fishing from the rocks especially at night especially where the water is rough, I would recommend you do so. The ones they use for white water rafting may be ideal...
Thank you Bobby! I checked them out and they seem to fit the requirement.
However, I may only be able to afford to buy one after a couple of months or so.