I really prefer fishing in warm weather. I live in Florida. I have always lived in the SouthEast. I like it here. That is why I stay. I HATE cold weather. I hurts. It hurts all the way to my bones. (I also hate when people tell me to eat more…that’s why I am cold. Again, I will save that for another post.) So, fishing in cold weather is annoying and downright painful. Ice fisherman can tell me all day about their temps, I am on a boat, moving, in the wind. It is not quite the same. I pretty much draw the line at cold rain fishing. I learned that this winter. I wanted to be hard-core. I did. I am not that hard-core. I hate it.
I layer when we go fishing. In Florida, the weather fluctuates like crazy. It could be freezing cold in the morning and swimsuit weather in the afternoon. OK, maybe not actually freezing, my Dad always corrects me, but REALLY cold. I found that if you wear several socks or wool socks, it helps. A cheap pair of “mud boots” or rain boots are the best I have found to wear in cold weather so far. We call them mud boots in Florida because that is generally why you where them, it doesn’t rain long enough to need them. We do occasionally go to mud bogs…. Also, a hat that is lined is great! Make sure it covers your ears. When you are whizzing down creeks it really helps when your ears are covered and warm.
I always have chap stick on the boat as well! I always have chap stick period. It helps because of all the wind and you are out in the elements. I use to take a whole bag with me. Those days are over. I don’t take anything now. Just my phone to take pictures. It is all about fishing. I don’t want any distractions. I am hoping to get a GoPro soon, so that I can leave my phone in the car or in the dry box for emergencies. As far as other cold weather clothes, I wear what is comfortable and keeps me warm. I like to layer leggings under jeans. Then if/when it warms up I can take off the top layer. I do the same with the top. I usually wear a swimsuit just in case. BUT, I DO NOT take soft porn pictures. I will have a separate post on that later. Respecting yourself is so important. If you don’t, who will? OK, I won’t get on that soap box now. Be comfortable, but remember to have something available, if you do catch that trophy fish, to throw on! Or you might want to put something on for the ride back. I did get some water-resistant gloves, but I kept taking them on and off. I even think I lost one. Layering is key in the cold weather! Do you have any tricks or tips?