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I went out yesterday, started a little later than planned because I needed to have a little family time before hitting the water. On a positive note, I caught a great 19" LM on an underspin with a rage swimmer. I was using a M action spinning rod, which is way more fun to me as the fight is better than a MH that I normally am throwing. 

 

The bad news is that it was hot. Sneaky hot, for someone used to the heat. I lost track of time because I forgot my watch, so didn't realize how late in the day it had gotten. I drank about 30 oz of ice water throughout the 4.5 hours I was out there, but ended up getting disoriented a little and a headache. I was doing good, having fun, then suddenly was weak and not having fun. Ended up losing a great jig in a tree and had lost the strength to break the line, that's when I knew I had a problem. I cut it and had to leave the long line in the water (which I hate doing) and get back to the marina as fast as possible as I was worried about my health a little. I think dunking my hat in the water and keeping my head cool saved me from possibly bad situation. It was about 92, not sure what the heat index was, when I got to my truck. And that was the coolest day for a while so I guess I'll be staying off the water for a while until this latest heat wave leaves us alone. 

 

The whole situation was weird, usually I can handle low 90s without an issue. I'm really not sure what happened, but lessons were learned and I'll be bringing a full cooler next time and paying much closer attention to how I'm feeling. I'm sharing this just as a reminder to everyone to please be safe and always pack extra water on hot days!

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The heat is no joke.  Stay safe out there.  No one is invincible to the effects of the heat and sun, and no bass is worth heat stroke.  Just because its September now, that doesn't mean its fall weather.  It was 95 degrees here yesterday and felt like a blast furnace in July.

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We are under a heat advisory today.  We went out Sunday and like an idiot, I left my lunch and waters in my truck.  Luckily my fishing partner always packs a few extra waters.  Problem is that he drinks Propel and it’s too sweet for my liking.  I prefer straight h2O.  It was a weird day.  Scorching hot but I didn’t feel like I was overheating at any time.  Had on all of my sun gear and drank 3 propels during the day. 

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We're under a heat advisory here as well, 105* is predicted.

Taking a break this week from fishing and will pick it back up next week with much cooler temps forecasted.

 

Glad you made it home safely.

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this is my most dangerous time of year.  take yesterday for an example.  the morning was 50 deg.  i had a hoodie on, under my PFD.  it started to warm, and like the frog in the slowly boiling pot, i dont notice.  plus i am lazy.  i have to take off my GoPro Chesty, my PFD, my hoodie, and put back on PFD, put on Chesty, and put hoodie into dry sack tied to the back of my kayak seat.    i pushed to the end, and ended up with a headache for my troubles.  duh!!  

 

cold mornings, hot afternoons.

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Staying hydrated is extremely important, but also don't forget a snack if you're prone to having your sugar drop. I've been known to push it so long that I start being weak from needing a snack.

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It’s getting pretty serious around here.  We are under another heat advisory plus, mandatory water restrictions. We live in one of the most heavily concentrated high dollar horse areas of the country and these huge horse estates are having their wells run dry and there’s no moisture in the grass so horses are drinking much more water. 
 

WARRENTON, VIRGINIA, September 5, 2023: Due to record water usage in the New Baltimore Regional Water System during a drought watch advisory, the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority (FCWSA) is issuing mandatory water restrictions for all customers in the New Baltimore service area. These restrictions are only for the New Baltimore system; all other FCWSA customers remain under voluntary water restrictions.

 

Natl. Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory is in effect from noon to 7PM today. Heat index values up to 107°. Hot temperatures and high humidity.
...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING...
* WHAT...Heat index values up to 107 expected.
* WHERE...Portions of central, north central, northeast,
northern and southern Maryland, The District of Columbia and
central, northern and northwest Virginia.
* WHEN...From noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening.
* IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat
illnesses to occur.

 

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I just fixed a woodpecker hole 25 feet up, only 76 degrees currently . Unfortunately gotta get up on a roof late this afternoon for an apartment complex squirrel and then mow grass after work 

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Massive Canadian cold front came through here last night.  Went from 90 degrees yesterday under a heat advisory to a crisp 62 degrees this morning with a stiff NW wind.  Feels so much better outside this morning.

 

No rain here since August 14.

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Yes it does. Was out in the Florida everglades just the other morning about 4am and fished into the noontime furnace. When that sun snuck up, it snuck up with a vengeance! About toasted me! Water turned to a hot acid. I had to take A/C breaks in my truck while loading up the yak and all my gear. I'm just gonna cut it short from now on, getting out there earlier in the wee hours and leaving about 8am. Can't miss out on that sunrise bite! Being tactical about everything can still get the fish and avoid the furnace! 

 

 

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On 9/6/2023 at 10:04 AM, TnRiver46 said:

I just fixed a woodpecker hole 25 feet up, only 76 degrees currently . Unfortunately gotta get up on a roof late this afternoon for an apartment complex squirrel and then mow grass after work 

 

Okay, you wrassle critters, scale roofs, lug kayaks, and catch 21" smallies? Man, you make Clint Eastwood look like a sissy! Eastwood can squint all he wants, but you da man. 

 

I feel guilty to admit this, but Maine has yet to sizzle. I've lived here for 11 years and it rarely reaches 90 degrees. I know, I know, we have true winters, but I actually enjoy them. They're the cozy season. We have blizzards too, but most Mainers have generators for when our power goes. 

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1 hour ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Okay, you wrassle critters, scale roofs, lug kayaks, and catch 21" smallies? Man, you make Clint Eastwood look like a sissy! Eastwood can squint all he wants, but you da man. 

Haha! Thanks but clint is the man, I just sweat a lot……

 

it has cooled off somewhat here recently but if the sun is beating down on you, it’s still pretty rough. 

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When it's hot out, I'll bring a gallon of water in the kayak with me and sometimes have to refill one of the 2 1/2 gallon jugs I bring with me during the day. When I'm drinking water like that, and there's no bathroom breaks, I know it's hot out. Like others have mentioned, I always try to get really hydrated a couple days in advance when I know I'm going to be out all day in the heat. 

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