A day on the water is always on the menu in South Florida. From time to time the weather has different plans for my favorite pastime of fishing, though. We grapple with foul weather yearly. Angling can be thwarted by a nasty storm front rolling through. Those day-ruining storms happen far less than battling the blazing sun hovering above us, which can make even floating on water feel miserable.
We exclaim, “Water!,” on days like those because our bodies crave it. For both fish and humans alike, it is sustenance. How many times have you heard, “Stay hydrated,” or “Drink plenty of fluids?” It is important you heed those suggestions, especially when out on the water.
I remember fishing in Florida Bay, excited to be touring the Everglades in a flats boat, but a first happened. I neglected to bring any water. We had ice in the fish box, and once realizing deep into the sawgrass that we forgot our water, it became desperation. So, we resorted to drinking the melted ice that had been keeping our dead fish fresh. Finally back at the marina—and still parched—I had what could have been the best sip of water I’ve ever taken.
That’s why your No. 1 rule when preparing for a day of fishing should always be to have a cooler on hand that’s packed with the essentials. If you’re traveling by boat, the cooler is bigger than the fish box. That means plenty of ice, a snack (or three) and bottled waters.
I find when making my trip list, even if I am going wading, or for just a simple walk with a fly rod in hand along the beach, I have water. Even if it’s not a sunny day, fishing is a tiring sport. Make it a priority, and in turn you are sure to have a blast and catch those fish.
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