Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
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Tomlinson: Fishing in summer takes added precautions


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Summer has arrived, and it is getting hot.

When dealing with the hot summer weather, there are a few things anglers can do to help them stay safe and catch fish.

I spend a lot of time on the water as a guide, and there are a few things I do to combat the summer heat. Drink plenty of fluids while on the boat and in the evenings. Staying hydrated will prevent head aches, fatigue, and prevent heat exhaustion. Apply sunscreen before leaving the dock and later in the day and also wear quality sun protecting clothing to prevent the sun from burning your skin. Finally, plan your trips early in the day or late in the afternoon so you can beat the brutal mid-day summer heat.

Fishing is still very productive in these hot conditions as long as you fish where the fish are. Hit the skinny waters for redfish early. When the sun gets higher and temperatures rise, I like to move to the deeper flats. The deeper water is cooler and will hold species like trout, sea bass, flounder, sharks and more.

Eight to 10 feet of water with grassy “spotty” bottom is a great place to target. I drift these areas and have my clients bounce a white Gulp 3-inch shrimp or a root beer Lil John jerk bait across the bottom.

Scallop season starts the July 28, which is another great way to beat the heat. I stay busy with scallop charters and love the opportunity to cool off by jumping in the water and scooping up some tasty scallops. Get your snorkel stuff ready and don’t forget your 24” x 24” diver down flag. Our scallop trips include everything needed for a great day on the water so book your trip in advance.

Good luck out there and tight lines!

Capt. Keith Tomlinson runs Bulldog Fishin Charters out of Hernando Beach. Reach him at www.bulldogfishin.com or (352)238-3581.

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