Catching fish, keeping cool in Arizona: 10 tips
We’re almost there. Sort of.
Aug. 18 is about as “dog days” of summer as it gets. (Speaking of dogs, did you see the recent crappie haul from Dogtown Reservoir?)
Anyway, try to ignore your summertime fishing blues, if you have them, and remember: the Autumn Equinox, or first day of fall, is Sept. 22. Almost a month away!
For now, if you’re the type of angler who likes the sweat-soaked, year-round fishing opportunities in Arizona, here’s 10 tips to stay safe — and cool:
- Go early or go late.
- Don’t go at all (OK, not an option).
- Drink water every 15-20 minutes.
- Drink something with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps.
- Bring your own shade (wide-brimmed hats, shade shelters, etc.).
- Plan a trip to a cooler part of the state. White Mountains, anybody?
- Get wet. Soaking a handkerchief in the water and keeping it on your head, and under your hat, is a great way to keep your body temperature stable. Anglers also could wrap an evaporative cooling towel around their neck.
- Know your limits: Summertime might not be the time to try for a personal best.
- Leave detailed plans with someone (float plan).
- Sign up for a boating safety class.
During this week’s first quarter moon, there will be just enough moonlight for good visibility, but submersible lights can still do their plankton-attracting jobs. This time also means shooting stars will be pretty visible.
Remember to verify the weather conditions before launching and check for updates while fishing during these particularly dark nights.
There are several mobile phone apps available with live weather conditions and emergency weather information. Monsoon storms can happen suddenly and without much warning. Be safe!