Capt. Pete Rapps
The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat.
Tip 1: Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is more than just being in or on the water. When you are swimming, it can be tempting to feel like you are more hydrated than you actually are. You may assume the same thing when you are out on the boat for tubing, waterskiing, or even fishing. However, exposure to water does not hydrate you. You need to drink a clean source of it.
Tip 2: Drink More Than Just Water
Don’t get us wrong, drinking water is important in order to stay hydrated. However, it should not be the only liquid you are consuming, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time outside. Why? Because when you sweat you aren’t just losing water, you are losing electrolytes too. So make sure to have a couple sports drinks handy and some snacks in order to replace any electrolytes you may have lost.
Tip 3: Don’t Forget The Sunscreen
Before you even think about hopping onto the boat, you should make sure to lather up with sunscreen to protect you from getting a nasty sunburn later. Even if you are planning on fishing in the early morning, you shouldn’t skip out on the protection. Additionally, you need to make sure you bring some with you and reapply every two hours or so for effectiveness. This is especially important for
Tip 4: Wear Light-Colored Clothing
White is the best reflector of light, but lightly colored clothing can do the job just as well. That’s why lightly colored hats, shirts and shorts are easily found during the summer season. Additionally, you should make sure your clothing is made from a cooling and breathable material like cotton. Columbia brand offers a huge variety of lightweight breathable fishing shirts and pants that have built in SPF protection. I wear their products every single day.
Tip 5: Don’t Be Afraid To Take Breaks
If your boat happens to have a T-top or canopy, this can do wonders for helping you keep out of the shade. If your boat does not however, you shouldn’t be afraid to take frequent breaks if you need to in order to enjoy a few minutes in the shade and cool off. The symptoms of dehydration can often sneak up on you so a break can be a good chance to check in with yourself.
Contact Capt. Pete Rapps by email at CaptainRapps@Outlook.com or by phone 239-571-1756. Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and springtime tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class website for booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at www.CaptainRapps.com.