The summer heat can be brutal this time of year. These hot temperatures can quickly create some severe weather conditions, and anglers must be sure they do not over heat or get dehydrated. There are a few things I like to do to make for a safer and productive day on the water.
Staying hydrated is one of the easiest and important things we all can do to prevent mild symptoms like headaches, cramps, and even fatigue while on the water. Plenty of water and the occasional Gatorade is all it takes to stay in the clear. The proper clothes will also help deal with the effects of the sun. I prefer the “Breathe Like a Fish” shirts because they really keep you cool, comfortable, and protected from the sun.
Getting on the water early in the morning is a great tactic because it’s the coolest part of the day and the fish are usually feeding if the tides are right. Going earlier in the day also increases your chances of getting back to the dock before the afternoon thunderstorms arrive.
We still have a few weeks left to scallop and this is my favorite way to combat the heat. The water clarity has been fantastic and holding in the mid 80s. The scallops off Northern Hernando beach are still thick in 6-8 feet of water. We are getting our limit of scallops in a short time nearly every trip. The limit is still 2 gallons per harvester or 10 gallons per vessel.
Tip: I use a shop vac when cleaning scallops to remove the “slime” and leave nothing but the meat. This technique will cut your cleaning time in half and is much easier.
Good luck out there and tight lines!
Capt. Keith Tomlinson runs Bulldog Fishin Charters out of Hernando Beach. Contact him at www.bulldogfishin.com or (352) 238-3581.