Summer fishing is a must, but fishing in the heat can be down right miserable. When the temperature and humidity are both in the 90s, it can be extra tough to even be on the water. Luckily there are a few important steps that you can take to make sure that you're properly prepared for it and can find those bigger fish!
The first precaution that you must take to prepare for the heat is the sun. Not only will you get a nasty sunburn if you're not protected, but you'll also find yourself exhausted. Having the proper sun apparel will help you stay much cooler throughout the day and provide you with maximum protection from the sun.
Proper Sun Apparel
Also known as a neck gator, is a great way to keep from having to apply sunscreen to your face. But it’s also a great way to keep yourself cool. Dump some cold water on the buff to lower your body temperature. Most, if not all of them, have a minimum SPF rating of 30, and are made with moisture-wicking material that is designed to be worn on hot days.
Your eyes also need to be protected. If you’re on open water you’ll need a pair of blue mirror sunglasses. The blue mirror is designed to cut maximum glare off the water, and deliver the clearest vision in your area.
Wearing a hat helps to amplify this by adding a layer of shade for your eyes in addition to your lenses. Like it or not, a flat brim hat might not be your style, but it will add more shade to your site than any other hat on the market. Even if it’s not your thing, it’ll really help you on the water. And you don’t have to wear it to the family BBQ.
Sun shirts give you full protection on your arms without making you overheated or causing you to bother with the pesky hassle of sunscreen application. All of the pros wear long sleeve shirts during competition because they understand what a huge advantage this new SPF material offers. With many different options to choose from, it’s easy to find one that fits your budget and your style.
Gloves that protect your hands from the sun are becoming a necessity. They offer both luxuries of coverage and open areas. This will help you manage to keep your hands out of the sun’s harmful rays while they hold fast to your rod too.
Only someone insane would say that. But sunscreen has many negatives so why risk it? You can replace sunscreen with the proper sun apparel for protection as previously suggested. Sunscreen contains scents and oils that can make fish avoid your baits, especially in heavily pressured waters where the fish can associate the scent of sunscreen with an unpleasant experience. Skip the sunscreen and the reapplication process, and protect your skin with clothing. It will make for a much smoother day on the water.
Get An Early Start
This is the most underrated aspect of fishing in high heat. You really need to start as early as possible each day. Once the sun is high and the temps are over 90, finding good fish becomes very difficult. First thing in the morning the fish will be shallow and looking to eat. You can find success with topwater baits, lipless cranks, and even jerkbaits (yes that’s right, even when the water temps are over 90 degrees).
After the sun is high and temps have risen your best bet is to either switch to live bait, or to find the thermocline. The thermocline is the area in the lake where the warm water meets the cooler water. This is where the bigger fish will position themselves for the day. Even big dock fish are not normally there for the entire day. They come in from that area to eat on smaller fish, then they return to their deeper grounds until they decide to feed again, or in some cases until nightfall.
Want to learn more about fishing in other weather conditions like the rain? We have the best tips on how to handle wet weather and still catch a big hog. If have any questions about fishing gear, feel free to contact us or stop into our store.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and chances are, you still haven’t gotten the dad in your life his gift yet. If he is the outdoorsy, fish loving type, we have a lineup of the best gifts you can buy him, all listed at different price points.
1. Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Straight Worm – $7.49
First up, is the Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Straight Worm bait. Give the gift of a big catch this Father’s Day and better yet, at a very affordable price. This Neko straight worm bait is the combination of Daiwa and Yamamoto, giving any fisherman the perfect bait for deep water bass fishing.
2. Megabass Vision 110 +1 – $24.99
Another bait that will not disappoint any fishermen is the Megabass Vision 110 +1. A revised version of the Megabass Vision 110, this bait can go three feet deeper and is great for those days when they need to fish deep because the fish just won’t rise to the top.
3. Simms Solarflex Sungloves - $29.99
Keep his hands protected from the sun with these fishing gloves. The lightweight stretch fabric provides optimal dexterity and movement with its half finger design. With these gloves, your angler’s hands are out of the hot sun and protected from the harmful rays.
4. Simms SunGaiter - $29.99
The SunGaiter is a great shield to prevent a fisherman from getting burnt. Choose from eight different colors and keep his ears, face, and neck protected from the sun. The SunGaiter can stay cool too. All he has to do is wet it with cold water and put it back on.
5. Strike King S11 Sunglasses - $39.99
With 29 different styles and colors to choose from, you can easily find the pair of sunglasses he wants and needs to have out there on the water. Strike King’s high contrast lenses provide clarity for any outdoor conditions and will dramatically improve an angler’s vision to see through the water.
6. Cocoon Sunglasses - $49.99
If the Strike King sunglasses aren’t the type of eye protection your angler needs, try out the cocoon style sunglasses. These frames provide a snug fit and go over top of your existing glasses. Give your fisherman the availability to see through the water as clear as day during any weather.
7. Shimano Evair Marine/Fishing Shoes - $49.99
One of our more popular products being sold in the store right now is the Shimano Evair Marine/Fishing Shoes. These shoes come in camo, grey, and khaki and are sure to fit any angler’s style. This ultra lightweight shoe will keep any foot cool on a hot summer’s day.
8. Simms Solarflex Sun Shirt - $59.99
A UPF 50 sun protection shirt is just about the best thing you can buy your angler to wear in the summer. Sunscreen is not ideal for any fisherman because the smell can deter the fish. Reapplying is also a hassle. The moisture wicking, quick drying, and anti-odor material this shirt is made of means your fisherman can keep dry and protected from the sun all day.
9. G Loomis E6x Crankbait Rod - $179.99
One of the top selling rods in our store right now is the G Loomis Crankbait Rod. Made from graphite, this rod provides the flex your angler needs to have an accurate and long cast. This rod will give him the quality and expertise of a G Loomis product, but at a very affordable price.
10. Simms Challenger Pro Jacket - $199.95
With summer, comes those pesky summer storms, which can be perfect for fishing in. The Simms Challenger Pro Jacket is made of 100% waterproof material and has fleece lined pockets to keep a fisherman’s hands warm, along with an adjustable storm hood. Give your angler the opportunity to fish out in the rain and stay dry through any storm.
We hope these suggestions allow you to find the right gift for your angler this Father’s Day. If you have any questions about the products mentioned, please feel free to call us during our store hours or if you’re local, stop on by the shop!
With the fishing season in full swing, you may be wanting to try out some new fishing locations. The good news is you can still visit some of the best fishing spots which are found right here in the great state, of PA. If you are looking for some new places to fish, we have a list of the top 5 locations you will want to check out over the summer months.
1. Susquehanna River
One of the best and most well-known places in Pennsylvania is the Susquehanna River. If you are a local, don’t pass up this opportunity to take advantage of some of the best fishing in PA. The specific area that you will want to focus on is from Columbia travelling north to Harrisburg. This area is known for world class smallmouth bass fishing, but you may also catch walleye, catfish, pickerel, northern pike, or some smaller panfish. The Susquehanna is full of surprises and you never know what you are going to catch.
2. Allegheny River
If you are in the western part of the state, you will want to head over to the Allegheny River. Around the northern section of the river you can find game fish such as walleye and some rainbow trout. Here, the Fish and Boat Commission have been focusing on keeping the river clean and the fish thriving, which is great news for us fishermen.
3. Raystown Lake
Raystown is a great place for the whole family and also some really great fishing! Head out to Raystown Lake to enjoy fun in the sun and a few catches on the water. Any fisherman will find a large population of lake trout, catfish, carp, and striped bass here. This place is perfect to fish all year round, but be mindful of their summer peak season and the increase of lake traffic that comes with it.
4. Lake Wallenpaupack
Whether you are on land or in a boat, Lake Wallenpaupack gives you every chance to cast out your line and catch a fish. This lake covers over 5,700 acres and accepts fishermen of all ages. Wallenpaupack is filled with walleye, striped bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, largemouth bass, calico, and perch. Finding a great spot to catch any of these fish is easy and will ensure a day of fun.
5. Lake Erie
Trek out to western Pennsylvania and visit the humongous Lake Erie. Covering 9,910 square miles on the surface, Lake Erie is the thirteenth largest lake in the world. Best fishing is done out on the water of the Presque Isle Bay where you will find walleye, perch, smallmouth bass, steelhead, and salmon. The best fishing to be had at Lake Erie is in late May. Enjoy more than some good fishing. Stick around until dusk to catch the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen.
If you can get to these locations, give them a go. All of these places are great to make a day out of. No doubt you will be able to come home with a great fishing story or better yet, a big catch! If you have any questions about what types of bait or line to fish for when you go out there, make sure to contact us with your questions.