It's summer. It's hot, and it's going to get hotter. But that shouldn't stop anglers from enjoying a day on the water. These three tips will help you keep your cool while going after that fish of a lifetime.
Hydrating your body is so important when temperatures soar because perspiration is the key to keeping your body from getting sick with sunstroke.
When it's hot and humid, you need to frequently replenish liquids lost to sweat. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages because both are diuretics and will cause you to urinate frequently. If you do enjoy these kinds of drinks, drink extra water to compensate.
2. Location Location, Location
Move the boat often. Summer's not the time of the year for 'just one more cast'. If you've worked a spot for a while with no bites, move on, move often. When there's no breeze, crank up the motor and create your own.
3. Protective Clothing
Wear protective headwear, like a wide brim hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The right clothing will help your sweat cool you off. Ideally, the best fishing shirt is one that, when you take it off, you realize you're hotter than when you have it on.
Capt. Brent Ballay and Meredith Ballay, of Cast n Blast Fishing Charters, both accomplished anglers, recommend Cool Breeze performance shirts.
"When you spend as many days of the year on the water as I do it's important to protect your skin while staying cool, the Cool Breeze shirts do just that,” said Capt. Brent.
"I love my Cool Breeze fishing shirt! It's so lightweight, comfortable and it doesn't have that fishing shirt smell at the end of the day,” said Meredith.
These shirts are available at www.sportsmangear.com.