It’s about that time again, a warm weather PSA

For those of us Floridians that spend much of their lives on the water, whether it be for work or pleasure, we can agree that news of warm weather and an end to the cold fronts is a good thing.

I enjoy the cold weather that is associated with the holidays much more so than January through early March. The cold wind and rain that we see when a front stalls over us is miserable as is the fishing. However, my little corner of Florida has been experiencing a warm weather trend as of late and people have been catching snook and redfish inshore as well as groupers and snappers offshore. I am excited for the warmer water temperatures that will restore our great fishing.

Warm Weather Prep:

Maybe I am just getting myself worked up as I think about the return of beach snook and tarpon when the water temp hits that perfect temperature. But in any case I will be discussing an important topic for anglers, boaters and anyone else who is going to be spending a significant amount of time outside this spring/summer; sun protection. I remember last summer my friend got 2nd degree burns because he had his shirt off without sunscreen for a half hour. Thirty minutes put him in bed for almost a week. The sun is no joke.

Take care when on the water to either cover yourself or apply and re-apply sunscreen. Taking the proper precautions is very important, this includes polarized sunglasses, hats, proper footwear and facial wear.

One’s face and eyes are especially sensitive to UV rays, so great care must be taken to protect them.


Photo credit to William Korte Sr.

Long sleeves also help protect from the suns harmful rays. Don’t worry most are vented to keep you cool!

Photo credit to Nathan Hitt

In Conclusion: 

Just keep these things in mind when you’ll be on the water and you’ll be fine. Don’t think that just because it’s a cloudy day you can’t get burned, you can. I hope everyone is as excited for the start of the season as I am, I look forward to seeing you all on the water.

Until next time, Tight Lines.

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