Well, it's the middle of July, the sun is blazing, the forecast is calling for temps in the mid to upper 90's all week, heat indexes well above 100 degrees, and we crazy anglers want to go fishing! So, how the heck do we do this with these ridiculous temperatures? Here are a couple of suggestions that I have figured out over the years - feel free to add yours!
1. Stay hydrated! Ditch that bottle of soda and grab a gallon of water! When you finish that gallon, grab another
2. Wear your sun block! Since I have a natural tan that makes those "tanning bed addicted women" swoon in jealousy (not really), I prefer SPF 50+. I know - this sounds extreme, but here's the deal. When you are on that water all day, you have sun beating down on you from every direction, so you have got to stay covered; which brings me to my next point...
3. Cover up! Cover everything! Hats, loose fitting and breathable shirts, shoes, and pants (no assless chaps). I have recently discovered some awesome shirts from Columbia that really breathe well and help block some more of those sun rays. Hit your local sporting goods store and see what they have!
4. Get some good sunglasses! Polarized is best! My preference here are Ray Bans. I have tried Maui Jim's, Oakley's, etc...for me Ray Ban take the cake. As a matter of fact, you can read all about my love affair with them here
5. This one is going to sting all of you hardcore, fish all day, crazies...are you ready? Forget about fishing all day! Instead, focus your efforts and sweat glands on fishing the cooler times of the day. Fish early and fish late. Leave the the mid day sweltering madness to the crazies! Not only will you stay cooler, you will find that fishing is typically most productive during those times anyways. Does this mean you can't/won't catch fish during the hottest time of day? Nope. You probably will, but it's going to be a tougher bite and you are going to have to work that much harder for them. When add harder work with blazing temps you get diminishing returns. For all you math buffs out there it would look like this this: (A=hard work, B=blazing temps, C=returns A + B/100000 = C ) Ok...perhaps that's not really what the formula would look like, but you get the point!
6. Don't over do it. If you start feeling tired, weak, or your head starts hurting, seek shelter and get hydrated. The fish will be there tomorrow, so make sure you can be too.