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I learned a long time ago, just stay hydrated ALL THE TIME !!!!!!  I have found Liquid IV to be very helpful. I work outside and in Fl. it stays hot all the time. My wife says it's like living on the sun........

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3 hours ago, GreenPig said:

I drink 6 - 8 bottles of water every day. On days I'm going to be in the heat, I add a Liquid IV to my first bottle of the day. Did the straight water for years and still managed to get dehydrated. 

 

What do you think of that Liquid IV?  My wife bought a box of them and I've used them a couple times but don't really have anything to compare them to.  

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1 hour ago, MediumMouthBass said:

There are days tho its just so hot, i love bass fishing, i really do, but some days ill just decide not to go.


This is me too. When we get those nasty muggy days here in the summer, I am hunkered down in my basement with AC. Luckily those kind of days don’t go on here for weeks on end.

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Fishing in the summer here in TX is no joke. If I brave a day trip, I bring 2 gallons of water. I've drank up to 1.5 gallons before. If it's a pleasant night trip (much preferred), I bring one gallon.

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I was the guy who could fish all day in the heat comfortably. I did it for years. Then one day at work I went down unexpectedly from the heat. Havent been able to tolerate it since. There is no acclimation for me. 

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5 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I was the guy who could fish all day in the heat comfortably. I did it for years. Then one day at work I went down unexpectedly from the heat. Havent been able to tolerate it since. There is no acclimation for me. 

Be safe. Sorry to hear about your episode. I didn’t have a situation in particular but over the last few years I can’t tolerate it like I use to. I’m lucky enough that I can fish the lake or the river during those oppressive times and can catch some shade. Hot but don’t have to sun bake. I’ll pull the plug after 2 or 3 hours and call it a day. 

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6 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I was the guy who could fish all day in the heat comfortably. I did it for years. Then one day at work I went down unexpectedly from the heat. Havent been able to tolerate it since. There is no acclimation for me. 

I've got a buddy like this. Got overheated pretty bad a couple times now he just can't do it. I myself am pretty disciplined, I drink lots of water pretty much all the time. So fortunately I don't get dehydrated often. Also I grew up fishing all summer regardless of temps so I'm pretty tolerant of it...that said I know my limits. Had a day last summer at work where I was out in the plant sweating up a storm all day. Apparently I hadn't hydrated well enough. Came home, showered and had a 2oz pour of bourbon...instant migraine.

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3 hours ago, Fishing_Rod said:

Greetings All,

Helpful information with emphasis on safety! Bravo, well done.

 

Here in Arizona we have elevated temps recently, even in the higher desert elevations of 4600 feet we were at 106 F the other day. Plenty warm for this location. It was much hotter in the metro areas such as PHX and TUS.

 

Sufficient hydration is important year round and is critical when the heat index is severe. Always prepare appropriately, let's be careful out there. Take care for yourself and others with you. Keep a keen awareness for indicators of distress and don't wait to address them.

The fish will not mind if you wait till conditions are more favorable to play!

 

Because the majority of the SW has experienced a large number of wildfire emergencies we have seen a number of sources of canned water as part of the emergency supplies provided. Breweries and soda suppliers have all converted their operations to provide portable water in their typical beverage containers.

 

I will have 3 liters of water to enjoy via hydration bag when goofing around taunting fish. More is available as needed. We are fortunate that the low humidity makes for effective evap cooling. So a frequent dousing of your garments (hat, shirt) can go a long way in managing some of the heat.

 

Let's be careful out there! Be well and Cheers!

 

So dry heat is just a gateway to hell?

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5 hours ago, gimruis said:

 

I haven't found anything out there that says that.  In fact, since its almost pure water, it may actually offer some hydration benefits.  I drink it every morning, 365 days/year.  But I also drink water too.

 

Caffeine, the active chemical in coffee, increases the production of urine. Because of that, coffee is considered a diuretic, something that stimulates the kidneys to produce more urine and leads to excess fluid losses, Olszewski says. However, this diuretic effect is mild per cup of coffee, says registered dietitian Maria Sorbara Mora, RD. A morning cup or two shouldn’t cause any havoc on your hydration levels.

“You would need to consume more than 500 milligrams of caffeine per day (that’s five cups of coffee!) to see a significant diuretic effect in the first place,” Mora says. What’s more, these cups would need to be consumed all at once for the body to increase urine production significantly enough to cause dehydration, she explains. 

Interestingly, ritual coffee drinkers also build a tolerance to the diuretic effect, meaning it becomes less of a diuretic for them and the caffeine won’t cause them to urinate as much as it does for those who don’t drink it regularly, Mora says. 

Much different drinking coffee in your home or at work in a climate controlled environment than drinking it in place of water in the summer heat.

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4 minutes ago, ironbjorn said:

Much different drinking coffee in your home or at work in a climate controlled environment than drinking it in place of water in the summer heat.

Iced Coffee.....

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18 minutes ago, ironbjorn said:

Much different drinking coffee in your home or at work in a climate controlled environment than drinking it in place of water in the summer heat.

I drink it every day. Rain, shine, snow, tornado, earthquake, and summer heat. Black coffee every day.

 

Iced coffee is not for this guy

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Older guy here, always a big water drinker, but had some minor health issues a while back, no energy !   Doc said my electrolites were low, I don't care for salt and rarely use it.  Doc recommended " Powerade" less salt than gatorade, but still to much for me.  Started mixing water and Powerade about 60-70% water to powerade.  Works great, no salty taste but still gives me the electrolites I need.  When on the boat I have a couple/ three waters and a bottle of Powerade to mix some in.  Makes the water taste better and gives me the salt I don't like.  Felt much better with more energy than just water.

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2 hours ago, Junk Fisherman said:

 

What do you think of that Liquid IV?  My wife bought a box of them and I've used them a couple times but don't really have anything to compare them to.  

I like it and the Liquid IV has minerals, electrolytes,  and 510mg of Sodium. It does help me stay hydrated and the Strawberry taste pretty good. I'll never drink two in a day with that much Sodium. 

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Great thread. Thanks to all who offered suggestions and urge caution. 

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1 hour ago, gimruis said:

I drink it every day. Rain, shine, snow, tornado, earthquake, and summer heat. Black coffee every day.

 

Iced coffee is not for this guy

You're my coffee soul mate!  100%

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The suggestion about staying hydrated the day before is important. I get dehydrated easily and cannot drink alcohol anymore even though I’d love to have a beer here or there, it’s not happening. I drink 150-200 oz of water a day, sometimes more. I rarely drink soda and on days I fish in extreme heat I will bring one or two Gatorade/powerade zero drinks. Liquid IV is good too. Been trying to limit my caffeine so it’s one “good” cup of coffee for me in the morning. A little sunscreen if needed otherwise a good hat and sun shirt and I’m good to go. Sometimes the only time I can fish is in the middle of the day so I just try to prepare accordingly.

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Hey guys, no reason to buy expensive hydration drinks, it's very easy and cheap to make your own. I learned this from folks who eat low to no carb diets like keto and carnivore which requires increasing your sodium intake to prevent keto flu, they call it keto-ade. They use something called LITE SALT by Morton's which you can get at most grocery stores. It contains 290mg of sodium and 350mg of potassium per 1/4 tsp, the two primary electrolytes in gatorade. I add 1/4 tsp per quart of water and use a flavored drink mix called tru lime/lemon which is naturally flavored and sweetened mostly with stevia (1gm sugar/packet). The flavored drink mix is optional but plain saltwater is not pleasant tasting. Adding a daily magnesium and calcium supplement is suggested as well which are the 2 remaining electrolytes. Happy hydrating!

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Happy I stumbled on this thread. For work, I spend quite a bit of the day outside in the GA heat. A couple of weekends ago, on a Saturday morning around 0900, I was out fishing at my local spot and for some reason stated feeling terrible. The Friday before, I was out fixing a water line in the sun all day- drinking the little bit of water I had with me but it apparently wasn't enough. Until today, I had not heard of "hydrate yesterday" like others have talked about here. Anyway, I felt like I had a terrible hangover even though I hadn't drank in years. Called my wife, who was in town, and asked her to please bring me some water. I'm planning ahead better now... my birthday was a few of days ago and I got a nice 1 gallon Igloo water jug to fill up everyday for work. The ice doesn't last all day, but the water does stay cold. Not bad for $11 at Wal Mart. I went back and bought 4 more for the guys on my team. Two of the younger guys are using Pure Kick water packets. They taste pretty good and can be found at places like Dollar General pretty cheap. They have two types- one with caffeine called Energy and one with extra electrolytes called Hydrate- in numerous flavors. Me and the older guys just load up the jugs with ice and water from the shop everyday. Everyone likes the jugs and none of ours leak. Figured I'd post this to let others know of a nice, easy to carry, inexpensive option to bottled water and all the extra plastic.

3 hours ago, Bass Rutten said:

 I add 1/4 tsp per quart of water and 

 

 

 Thank you for this. I'll try it when I get back to work. I wonder if just adding plain ol lemon juice with the water will cover up the salt taste enough? I'll give it a shot and see. 

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One more thing to consider is bringing a small bucket, sponge, towel, or something like that with you on hot days.  Something you can use to dip into the lake and pour lake water over yourself to create the same cooling affect as sweat.  Or just take a dip.  I do this a lot in the summer.  I'll also leave an old towel in the truck to sit on, on the way home, so not stink it up with the smell of lake water.  It won't replace the need to keep your body hydrated, but it does help.

 

When we were kids and stuck outside on a hot day, it was nothing to grab the hose and cool off, play in a fire hydrant, run through a sprinkler, or take a dip in a pond.  But somehow, as we get older, we tend to think it's nasty or a bad idea.  But to me, being soaked in smelly lake water is probably still a bit better than being soaked in smelly sweat.  So if you can't avoid smelling and being wet, might as well stay cool! 

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You don’t need to pour water over yourself of jump in the lake, just get one of those artificial chamois, the ones I have are called “The Absorber” available at your local Wally World automotive department.  Dip it in your cooler or the lake, wring it out and drape it over your neck.  The wetter you leave it, the longer it will work.  It’s like instant air conditioning.  Used it on many clients before.  

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1 hour ago, TOXIC said:

You don’t need to pour water over yourself of jump in the lake, just get one of those artificial chamois, the ones I have are called “The Absorber” available at your local Wally World automotive department.  Dip it in your cooler or the lake, wring it out and drape it over your neck.  The wetter you leave it, the longer it will work.  It’s like instant air conditioning.  Used it on many clients before.  

I don’t NEED to jump in the water, but I WANT to, therefore I do 


1: it’s fun 

2: there is no better way to cool off

3: it’s free 

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@OmegaDPW, two good ways to keep cold water. 
 

1: fill up empty Powerade or Gatorade 7/8 full and freeze them and keep in a cooler. Keep an entire gallon (or two) on hand . Pour the warm water into the frozen bottles repeatedly to drink icy cold water all day, honestly it will work for 2 days if you have 3 Gatorade bottles frozen

 

2: get a hyrdroflask, bigger the better. I drink out of mine all day and leave it next to the bed all night. You’ll need refills but the ice lasts forever 

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On 6/13/2024 at 4:44 PM, Bankc said:

 

In some Asian cultures, they drink hot drinks in hot weather to cool themselves down.  And there's some science behind it, as a hot drink will temporarily raise your internal body temperature, and cause your body to react by trying to cool itself down.  Whereas a cold drink can temporarily lower your body's internal temperature, and cause your body to react by trying to raise it.  It's a little counter intuitive.  Also, warm drinks get absorbed quicker. 

 

As to whether coffee or caffeine will dehydrate you, I think that's different for everyone.  Sodas and coffee doesn't seem to do much to me, but for some reason, black tea will open me up like a faucet!  And it's not the sugar, because I drink it both ways and always with the same result. 

 

 

I agree. I’ve always drank it here in south Florida with no hydration issues, even on the hottest days. I always bring both when out fishing, coffee and cold drinks.

 

As for dehydration, it’s been shown that the mild diuretic effect of caffeine isn’t enough to cause dehydration. 

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In the summer I bring whatever water I think I will need, plus about 25%. I also like the newer "Gatorlyte" beverages for electrolyte control - instead of basically just being pure sugar, they have the actual dosages of magnesium, calcium, etc printed on the bottle. They make a zero calorie version that I like a lot. The taste is not particularly great, but it does the job better than your average sports drink.

 

Right now my band has one guy with a kidney stone and one guy recovering from severe dehydration. Hydration isn't just a marketing term. It can happen fast. Water is the juice of life, it's important to treat it that way

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