As the temperature rises during the spring and summer months, it’s important to take certain precautions while on your chartered fishing trip in Venice, LA. Here are ten tips to help keep you cool while it’s hot and to avoid complications from heat-related illnesses.
- Stay Hydrated: This tip is number one for a reason and probably the most important. Make sure to drink small amounts of cool water frequently (about one cup every 20 minutes). Try to avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks – all of which cause dehydration.
- Move the Boat Often: If there is no breeze, moving the boat is the only relief for spot cooling. The good airflow helps cool the skin which increases evaporation of sweat.
- Protect Yourself From Sunburn: It is critical to wear proper clothing to block harmful UV rays. Lightweight clothing, hats, and sunglasses should do the trick, and make sure to apply at least a SPF 30 sunscreen. If possible, stay under a shady spot.
- Choose Effortless Bait: Keep it easy and low maintenance, and choose baits that don’t require as much sweat.
- Monitor the Temperature and Humidity Levels: Stay on top of weather conditions throughout your fishing trip. Head home if the conditions become unbearable.
- Recognize the Signs of Heat Related Illness: Immediately get medical attention if you or a friend has one or more of the following symptoms: mental confusion or loss of consciousness, a flushed face, hot/ dry skin, or if you all of a sudden stop sweating.
- Learn First Aid: By knowing first aid, you can easily recognize and help treat the early symptoms of heat exhaustion, cramps, and other heat-related illnesses.
- Be Aware of the Risk Factors: Age, pregnancy, obesity, poor conditioning, inadequate rest, previous heat injuries, certain medical conditions, and medications are all risk factors that can increase the chances for heat-related illness. If any of these conditions apply, take extreme caution when fishing in the heat.
- Ask Your Doctor: If you have certain medical conditions such as a heart condition, diabetes, or any risk factors listed above, make sure to get the okay from your doctor before you set sail.
- Watch Out for Potential Hazards: If you cannot swim, you should still wear a life jacket (yes, even if it makes you hot). Also, be more aware of increased traffic in the water. As the temperature rises, there’s always an increase in recreational boaters, swimmers, and people on jet skis.
Even when the weather heats up, the fishing is still great in Venice, LA! For information on any of our chartered fishing excursions, gives us a call at 504-982-8862.