The Heat Is On!

Written by Sarah on June 6, 2011

I haven’t heard from Dave in a while, so I figure he’s either pitching himself as a replacement for Oprah or else working on the first draft of his script for “The Hangover 3” (the boys get into some wild stuff on Erie). Unless he’s been knocked out in Thailand, though, there’s a good chance he’ll resurface next week in Little Rock, Arkansas. I’ve been to Little Rock exactly once in my life, a balmy August weekend when the mercury consistently pushed a hundred degrees. I’m sure it’ll be somewhere near there when the BASS guys arrive.

I spent this past Monday riding with Tennessee pro Andy Morgan on the Potomac on a day when temps got up to 98 and there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky or the slightest wisp of wind. Have you ever sat and watched someone fish? It’s one thing to watch someone like Dave do it on TV. You’re learning something at a time when you might not be able to be on the water yourself. But to be on the water, watching the action happen, and not be allowed to pick up a rod (Andy was practicing for a tournament)? BORRRRRING. The “watching paint dry” analogy doesn’t do it justice. Ninety-eight degrees might as well be nine hundred and eight.

A couple of things saved my bacon, though:

1.       I brought more drinks than I ever thought I’d need (and finished them all);

2.       Reapplied sunblock more often than I thought necessary;

3.       Wore one of those goofy-looking Shaw Grigsby Buffs for much of the day. I thought I’d hate it, but it was actually quite cool and comfortable and prevented my neck from getting any redder.

Simple stuff, but game-changers. No fish is worth a bad case of heat stroke.

Oh, and if your boat has metal compartment locks, try not to sit on them. My left cheek got a nice little cattle brand through my shorts.

This blog was written by Facts of Fishing blogger and Dave’s buddy, Pete Robbins.

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