Tips For Saltwater Fishing In the Heat
Fishing this time of year is enjoyable, but also dangerous with the extreme temperatures hitting the upper 90’s and beyond. Here are a few tips that will help you stay out of the heat danger zone and continue to enjoy your fishing summer.
1. Staying Hydrated Fishing
Staying hydrated is simple: drink a lot of fluids and drink often. It’s best to drink plenty of water and not just take a few sips now and then. I usually guzzle back 10 to 20 ounces about every 30 to 45 minutes in hot conditions. I pack extra water so there’s plenty for me and others fishing with me.
Drinking before you feel thirsty is another way to stay hydrated. When your body sends out a signal for thirst, you’re already dehydrated. If you feel thirsty, drink plenty of water to replenish your fluid levels.
When it comes to drinks, stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These will cause you to lose fluids as both are diuretics and will cause you to urinate frequently. If enjoying these kind of drinks make sure you have a few extra glasses of water to compensate for lost liquids. Also, note that when hydrated urine will be clear.
2. Protect Your Eyes With Sunglasses
Most sunglasses sold today will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. For anglers, polarized lenses will reduce on the sun’s glare on the water, Wrap-around sunglasses are even better by hugging the face and do an excellent job blocking the sun.
3. Get the Right Clothing
Protecting your skin with the right type of clothing is important. Some fishing shirts offers sun protection, with 15 and 30 SPF ratings being common. Often these clothes feature moisture-wicking and quick-drying features that will also help you keep cool. Look for vented cap backs in shirts for maximum ventilation.
Even though shorts and short sleeve shirts are common in hot conditions, it’s important to have long sleeve shirts and pants on hand. Wear convertible pants when fishing on hot days. If you feel your legs getting to much sun, zip the pant legs back on for 30 minutes or so to give my skin a rest from the sun’s rays. I do the same tactic with a light-weight long-sleeve shirt to protect my arms.
4. Protect Your Head
Keeping your head protected is a must during hot, sunny conditions. Without a hat you’re tempting fate and a case of sunstroke. A wide brim hat will protect your face, ears and neck from the sun’s rays. Other options include ball caps, buffs and bandanas. These don’t provide as much protection, but are better than nothing.
4. Coat On Sunscreen Repeatedly
Using sunscreen on a regular basis is crucial part of protecting your skin from UV rays. Not using sunscreen increases your chances of getting skin cancer or may result in other skin damage, like sunburns.Remember that the sun’s rays can reflect off the water’s surface even in cloudy conditions still call for sunscreen.
Adults should use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 rating and children should use sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF rating. Ensure you apply sunscreen liberally at about 20 minutes before you’re in the sun for maximum protection. Consider using sport sunscreens when fishing. These products are fairly waterproof and sweat proof, resulting in better protection. Sunscreen should also be reapplied as necessary. This is especially true if you’ve gotten wet or have been sweating a lot.
Also, carry a stick of lip balm is a mus with a SPF 15 rating You may also want to consider a sun block stick, to cover your ears and nose.