5 Tips for Fishing During the Heat of Summer

Florida Shores can be quite productive all year and the summer is no exceptions.  While fishing during the heat of the summer can be challenging, here are 5 tips to help have the best trip possible:

  1. Fish Early or Late in the Day
  2. Find Shade
  3. Find Temperature Breaks in the Water
  4. Fish Deeper Waters
  5. Protect Yourself

1. Fish Early or Late in the Day

Fish are highly affected by water temperatures and many are affected by the brightness of mid-day sun.  Starting a fishing trip just before sun rise or just a few hours before sunset will ensure the best chance of catching fish.  These two time periods are the most active for most game fish, some will remain active late into the night to avoid the heat of the day, anglers may want to do the same!

2. Find Shade

For you, and for the fish.  Because many fish have an aversion to bright sun they will often be found on the edges of shade.  An over hanging tree that casts a shadow over structure will be one of the best types of shade, for the angler and the fish alike!

3. Find Temperature Breaks in the Water

Areas that have temperature breaks are well known to hold bait fish, which, in turn, attracts game fish.  Areas where streams, rivers, and almost any type of current intersect another body of water will often cause temperature breaks.  Often times these breaks are visible to the naked eye because of the slight dissimilar coloration of the different waters, other times you will just have to test the water with a castable thermometer or simply put a foot in the water!

4. Fish Deeper Waters

In areas such as the surf, coastal bays and lagoons the shallow water is the most productive for the majority of the year.  When the heat of summer sets in this can change and the fish will go deeper for relief from the sun and the heat.  Look for deep pockets, channels and any deeper water.  These areas are often the only places to be productive during the hottest part of the day.

5. Protect Yourself

One thing that can often be over looked while focused on catching fish is to care for yourself.  Proper hydration is CRITICAL during the heat of the summer and good sunscreen or spf rated clothing will help prevent painful sunburns.  Remember, in the heat of summer, sweating is a good thing, if you are not sweating on a hot summer day while activly fishing outdoors there is a chance that you are dehydrated and you should drink some water ASAP!

Good luck out there!