Fishing hot water speckled trout

Fishing hot water speckled trout

It is hot! Due to southwesterly winds last week the mid-day temperature has been edging slowly closer to the century mark. This past Friday I had to go out and hook up the boat for a Saturday fishing trip. My truck had been sitting in the sun all day and was smoldering. When I cranked it up, I happened to notice the temperature gauge on the dash panel. It was 127 degrees on top of the truck. The actual air temp. was 96 and that was at 4:00 pm. The heat was so stifling that I broke into a dripping sweat within a few minutes. It was no fun checking lines on my customer loaner reels, filling my wash down system in the back of the truck, checking the boat batteries for charge, and all the many other little things that one has to do to get a boat ready for a fishing day. It takes about a half hour to go through my check list and by then I was completely washed out and retreated to the house for the evening. When I pulled out of my driveway at 4:30 am Saturday morning it was still hot. There wasn’t a breath of air moving and the humidity was like being in a steam bath. When I arrived at the Causeway launching ramp there was a ten to fifteen knot wind twisting the scrub brush. The wind was straight southwest; not the most ideal fishing wind for the upper Gulf Coast but at least it would be tolerable for the first few hours.

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