Summertime is a great time to go bass fishing. The bass are generally pretty active and willing to bite. One big problem with fishing this time of year, especially in warmer climates is the sun. The sun can be your best friend on cold mornings as it rises and warms you up, but when it's hot out it can turn to your worst enemy.
I have become more and more aware of the effects of the sun in recent years and am now much more cautious to stay protected. Whether it is the appropriate clothing or accessories, or the right sunscreen; it all can help make your day on the water more enjoyable.
The first topic I wanted to share with you was dehydration. I got the idea to research it some more after reading the article on Bassmaster.com on Matt Herren and his recent bout with severe dehydration. It mentioned his "drinking problem", or lack of drinking water. It offers some good tips on how to avoid getting dehydrated.
One thing I took from reading it was how serious this issue really is. I try to drink as much water as I can and (try to) avoid drinking teas, sodas and alcohol before fishing and also while on the lake. Some of the steps to avoid dehydration may just be common sense, but it's always a good reminder to drink as much water as you can when the temperatures start to rise.