How to Stay Cool and Comfortable While Fishing

The Importance of Staying Cool

Fishing during the summer can be both enjoyable and challenging. As temperatures rise, staying cool becomes more and more important for both comfort and safety. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures without adequate cooling measures can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It’s not just about comfort; it’s about being able to enjoy your fishing trip without putting your health at risk.

Dressing for the Heat

Wearing the right clothing is essential for staying cool while fishing. Here are some tips to help you choose the best attire:

  1. Lightweight Fabrics: Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like polyester and nylon. These materials wick moisture away from your body, helping you stay dry and cool. Many modern fishing shirts are made from these materials and come with built-in UV protection, which is essential for long hours in the sun​​.
  2. Long Sleeves and Pants: While it is counterintuitive, long sleeves and pants can protect your skin from direct sun exposure, reducing the risk of sunburn and potentially keeping you cooler.
  3. Hats and Buffs: A wide-brimmed hat can protect your face, neck, and ears from the sun. Buffs or neck gaiters are versatile accessories that can be soaked in water and worn around the neck to provide cooling relief. 
  4. Color Choice: Light colors reflect sunlight rather than absorb it, which helps keep you cooler. 

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Staying hydrated is crucial when spending extended periods outdoors, especially while fishing in hot weather. Dehydration can quickly lead to heat-related illnesses, affecting your performance and well-being.

  1. Drink Water Regularly: Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink water; by then, you’re already dehydrated. Aim to drink small amounts frequently throughout the day to maintain hydration levels. Carry a large water bottle or hydration pack to ensure you have enough water for the duration of your trip​.
  2. Avoid Dehydrating Beverages: Steer clear of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as they can increase dehydration. If you enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, make sure to drink extra water.
  3. Electrolyte Replenishment: In addition to water, consider drinks that replenish electrolytes, such as sports drinks. Electrolytes like sodium and potassium help your body retain fluids and prevent cramping. You can also carry electrolyte tablets or powders to add to your water​.

Finding and Creating Shade

Creating shade and seeking out shaded areas are effective ways to stay cool while fishing. Direct sun exposure not only raises your body temperature but also increases the risk of sunburn and heat-related illnesses. Here are some tips:

  1. Natural Shade: Whenever possible (typically it’s not when boat fishing), fish from areas that naturally offer shade, such as under trees, bridges, or docks. These spots can provide relief from the direct sun and often are good fishing spots as fish tend to congregate in shaded areas during hot weather​​.
  2. Portable Shade Solutions: Bring your shade with you. Options include:
    • Umbrellas: Fishing umbrellas can be staked into the ground or attached to your chair to provide a movable shade solution.
    • Canopies and Tents: For longer fishing sessions, consider setting up a small canopy or pop-up tent when and where possible. These provide substantial shade and can be used to store your gear and cooler out of the sun.
  3. Cooling Accessories: Use cooling towels or neck gaiters that can be soaked in water and worn around your neck or head. These accessories can help lower your body temperature and provide additional comfort under the sun​​.
  1. sudden changes in weather and have a plan for seeking shelter if necessary​​.

Lightweight and Portable Seating Solutions

Having a comfortable place to sit can make a big difference during long fishing sessions. ThermaSeat offers a range of lightweight and portable seating solutions designed to keep you comfortable.

  1. ThermaSeat Cushions: Made with Softek™ closed-cell foam, ThermaSeat cushions provide comfort without absorbing moisture. These cushions stay dry and pliable in all weather conditions. Whether you’re sitting on a boat, dock, or shore, these cushions can help keep you comfortable.
  2. Self-Support Series: For added comfort and support, the Self-Support Series seats feature an adjustable backrest, allowing you to have the support you need for your back for long fishing sessions. These seats are designed to offer superior comfort in otherwise uncomfortable situations. The lightweight design makes them easy to carry, and their durability ensures they will last for many fishing trips to come​​.

Enjoying a Comfortable Fishing Experience

Staying cool and comfortable while fishing is essential for enjoying your time on the water and ensuring your safety. By dressing appropriately, staying hydrated, using sunscreen and protective gear, and timing your trips wisely, you can beat the heat and have a successful fishing experience.


ThermaSeat products, with their moisture-resistant, lightweight, and durable designs, provide an excellent solution for staying comfortable during your fishing trips. Whether you need a simple cushion or a supportive seat, ThermaSeat has a range of options to meet your needs. Invest in ThermaSeat products to enhance your fishing experience and enjoy the great outdoors in comfort.


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