It might seem a little strange to be writing this after the rain we have experienced over the last couple of days but the general weather trend is for a lot more sunshine extending through August and September and possibly even into October.
Here are a few common sense precautions to consider while fishing in hot, sunny weather.
I’m sure that we are all aware of the potential damage that the sun can do especially if we are sat at the water side for long periods.
Don’t forget to apply high protection sun cream and plenty of it. Also remember that if we are sweating this is potentially washing off the sun protection so reapply throughout the day.
Wear loose clothing and don’t be tempted to ‘strip off’ in the hot weather.
Our brollies can also serve as protection from the sun, it might look a little incongruous and will add extra weight to the kit we carry but consider setting up your brolley between you and the sun.
Always have plenty to drink with you, it does not matter whether your preference is for hot or cold, just make sure you have plenty with you and don’t just carry it – drink it.
We all get hungry during the day and I know many anglers who seem to carry almost as much food with them as tackle and bait! Food should be kept in a cool box or bag and certainly not left out in the sun. Moist foods such as sandwiches, meats, pastries etc can go off very rapidly if not kept cool. They may not taste or look off but can contain high levels of bacteria that can be extremely harmful. If foodstuffs of this type get warm do not eat them, take them home and throw them away. Please do not throw them in the water or get rid of them on our watersides.
Also when you do eat while fishing make sure your hands are clean. It is recommended that you take a packet of cleansing wipes and clean your hands before you eat. As an extra precaution you might also consider taking some anti-bacterial wipes as well. The best way to use these is to first use the cleansing wipes and then wipe your hands with anti-bacterial wipe wait a couple of minutes and then enjoy your food from your cold box.
This is a very unpleasant and serious disease that is carried in the urine of rats and cattle. You should avoid getting any water from rivers, lakes and bankside in your mouth. So, do not bite your line and keep food away from direct contact with the ground. If you have any cuts or scratches please be even more careful.
In the water
It happens to most of us on the odd occasion and is a particular speciality of the author. We fall in to the water. Although water temperatures are generally high the temperature differential can still cause cold shock. The advice from the RNLI is that if you do fall in and don’t touch bottom, resist the temptation to swim, lie back and extend your arms and legs and float until you regain your bearing and breath. Only then should you make an attempt to swim to the bank or call for help. More information can be found on the Respect The Water website