Summer fishing in southern waters can deliver red-hot action. The weather, however, will always deliver red-hot conditions so factor these comfort/safety considerations into your game plan.

– Head: Hats or visors shield your face from glaring sunlight that can impede sight fishing.
– Eyes: Polarized sunglasses not only protect your vision; they cut surface glare and enable you to see fish below the surface.
– Neck: A lightweight gaiter, like the Buff, allows you to cover your neck, face and ears.
– Hands: Fingerless fishing gloves made of stretchable, UV-protected fabric protect hands from burning.
– Liquids: Sports drinks with electrolytes are fine, but nothing beats straight water. Rule of thumb: If you stop perspiring on a hot day, you’re probably dehydrated. Take a break from fishing and down some water.

During the day, look for better action in deeper cuts, channels and potholes. Here, fish find more favorable temperatures. Docks will further moderate the heat by offering shady refuge.

On the Indian River, Capt. Brian Nelli ( avoids the heat altogether with nighttime kayak trips for trout, redfish and snook. Cooler air makes life easier on the fisherman, while lower water temperatures stimulate fish activity.

Just consider that nighttime is mosquito time. Windy evenings will help keep the pests at bay, but in still, hot summer conditions, insect repellant is a must.