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We all know fishing is a relaxing way to spend time on the water, but there are some things to be aware of when fishing in the hot sun. One of these is dehydration, especially if you don’t have enough water intake. Another is sun exposure. You can also suffer from heat exhaustion, cramping, and heatstroke.

We all know fishing is a relaxing way to spend time on the water, but there are some things to be aware of when fishing in the hot sun. One of these is dehydration, especially if you don’t have enough water intake. Another is sun exposure. You can also suffer from heat exhaustion, cramping, and heatstroke.

The first thing every angler should do to prepare for a daytime fishing adventure is to start drinking water the day before. It’s not only healthy for your body, but a good prevention for all of the above medical problems. Some medical professionals advise drinking a minimum of two quarts of water per day. That’s just a normal everyday average. It doesn’t account for prolonged activity in the sun during scorching summer heat. For that you should always intake more. So drink extra water a day in advance and continue drinking it regularly during your fishing trip. If you wait until you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Among the symptoms for dehydration are extreme thirst, not having to urinate, hunger, failure to sweat in the hot sun, dry skin, and deep yellow urine. Warnings for severe dehydration include fever, chills, irritability, difficulty breathing, confusion, digestion issues, and other assorted aches and pains. If you suspect you are dehydrated, start drinking water slowly. Don’t drink too much too fast.

You can also drink Gatorade or other similar brands as a substitute. Gatorade will help to replenish electrolytes, which are minerals your body needs. Avoid sodas, alcohol, and other caffeinated drinks.

You can also eat foods that are high in water content. Many fruits and vegetables hold a lot of water and have other health benefits. Some fruits that are 90% water by weight include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. These are readily available and easy to store and bring along. Some vegetables that are at least 90% water by weight are cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, and baby carrots.

Maintaining hydration is important even during the cooler winter months. Just because it’s not hot doesn’t mean your body can function without water. Wearing jackets when it’s cold can cause your body to sweat, thus requiring extra hydration. Conversely, staying hydrated helps to regulate your body temperature, thus keeping you warmer.

It’s also wise to limit the amount of time you spend fishing on open water where the sun directly beats down on you. You might consider shifting your fishing to more shaded areas like under or around bridges. Obviously under a bridge will provide more shade, but you can also fish the side of the bridge opposite the sun. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

Captain David M Rieumont



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