5 Tips to HelpYou Stay Out Longer in the Summer Heat to Fish
The summer heat can often mean the best fishing is early in the morning, but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can beat the heat by wearing the right fishing apparel, such as shirts for fishing, as well as drinking plenty of water. These tips will help you stay out on the water for longer, giving you more time to catch the big one.
Pack Plenty of Water
First, always pack plenty of water. Bring more water than you think you will need. While it may be heavy, the longer you are out, the more water you will need. Make a conscious effort to stop and drink, staying hydrated. Use both water and something that can replenish your electrolytes, such as sports drinks. Stay away from sugary drinks or anything with caffeine. If you do bring a tumbler of coffee for early morning angling, bring more water to compensate.
Start Early in the Morning
Starting earlier in the day can help give you more time to cast lines out into the water. You can also fish later in the day when the temperature starts falling again. When the temperatures are lower, fish often tend to bite more. Essentially, choose the coolest parts of the day to fish. However, there is a way to mitigate the heat of the day.
Wear the Right Fishing Apparel
Find the right fishing apparel that will keep you cool during the day, such as performance fishing shirts. Look for shirts made of a material that will keep you cool, such as breathable moisture-wicking fabric that dries quickly. This is especially useful if you are fishing from a boat, but can also serve to wick away sweat while casting lines from the bank of a river. Vented shirts can help, as well, and shirts with a UPF 50+ rating can help combat sunburns.
Fish From the Shade
If possible, find shade and get out of the direct heat from the sun. You might find a shaded area with trees along the river bank or under a roofed area of the boat. Be careful not to get your line caught, however, and be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are fly fishing. Stop and take a break in the shade every so often. You can even use the break to hydrate.
Regularly Apply Sunscreen
Slather on the sunscreen wherever your skin is exposed. You can limit your exposure with UPF 50+ clothing, including wearing a fishing mask to cover your face, and a fishing hat for shade. If your hat exposes your ears, don’t forget sunscreen on the tops of your ears. Use a high-quality, high-SPF sunscreen, and don’t forget to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Growing up in his home state of Florida, Kent Hickman would take any chance he could get to hit the water and cast out fishing lines. He stuck with fishing, eventually going on to fish professionally, joining the tournament circuit. It was while fishing professionally that he ran into trouble finding good fishing gear that would stand up to the demands of professional anglers. He found he needed apparel that would keep him comfortable and cool in the harsh Florida sun while protecting him from the elements. He took matters into his own hands in 2009 and founded Gillz® so he could provide his fellow anglers with stylish shirts for fishing, fishing masks, performance fishing gear, accessories, and other high-quality fishing apparel. It’s your turn to cast your line and join the growing fishing community that wears Gillz® apparel.
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