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    Default Preventing sun/heat stroke

    Bit of an odd one this (or maybe not)...

    I seem to have become VERY susceptible to heat/sun stroke over the last couple of years, despite keeping well hydrated, always wearing a hat (even in dull weather) and sensible clothing, slapping on high factor sun cream, etc etc.

    The simple answer is "just avoid the sun" of course, but that's a bit difficult in some of the places I fish where the only way I can avoid the sun is to basically not go fishing. Which, obviously, isn't really an option in the summer.

    I can invest in a large umbrella, but as someone who typically likes to stay mobile and mooch around, that's something I would only use occasionally.

    Any tips from other sufferers?

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    Default Re: Preventing sun/heat stroke

    You can buy parasols, clothes and hats that repel uv rays. Loose fitting clothes, hats which allow airflow, flip flops/ sandals( no socks) shorts all help keep you cool. A battery fan can also help and there are a few which are solar powered.

    Keep in the shade whenever possible. I love the sun but an hour in it at 30c is more than enough for me. I pick venues with shade even if the fishing isn't optimum but then when is it when the sun is glaring down.

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    Can’t agree about flip flops and sandals when fishing Mike, unless it’s the beach of course

    With high temperatures forecast for next week I shall spend a day fishing at Fordwich in this swim which remains in shade all day but allows just enough height for an 11ft rod.

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    Default Re: Preventing sun/heat stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Keep in the shade whenever possible. I love the sun but an hour in it at 30c is more than enough for me. I pick venues with shade even if the fishing isn't optimum but then when is it when the sun is glaring down.
    That's often the problem, though - due to either the orientation and/or lack of shade giving areas in a lot of the places I fish, keeping in the shade isn't really an option - it's a case of avoiding them altogether between May and September. Which I don't really want to do.

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    The sun is a real pain for me, it seems like I at the hospital monthly with sun damage. Keratosis and so many different variations have been removed. I'm continually getting warnings from the staff.
    Normally I would stay home in bright weather but this year I've decided I need to fish more because I feel time is running out for me.
    I do the normal hat and sun cream with the strongest factor 50. Where I fish there's exactly no shade.
    I'm continually sweating my naggers off but need to stay covered, the only part of me visible is my face and hands. I take 4lts of water, obligatory sun glasses of course.

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    Default Re: Preventing sun/heat stroke

    First and foremost a good wide brim hat is essential as well as loose-fitting clothing and plenty to drink.

    I suffer slightly the same myself so always have a brolly with me to provide necessary shade where none other exists.

    Hope this helps . . . . .

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    Default Re: Preventing sun/heat stroke

    I mentioned parasols ( the garden variety)as they are light and can be hand held. My Preston brolly provides uv protection and if you can set it up and pin it down away from you you can provide shade without restricting movement. Some venues are not worth gong to in intense heat and sunshine hence my reference to those which give shade but not optimum fishing.

    I have seen people under a gazebo fishing on a couple of venues.

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    Default Re: Preventing sun/heat stroke

    I slap Factor 50 on (used to wear surgical gloves to do it to avoid tainting bait) and then wipe hands off with fragrance-free wet wipes. Tilley hat, long sleeved shirt and trousers. If it gets extreme I put the brolly up.

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    I’m 50 this year and I feel the heat more than ever. I’ve always been sensitive to the sun but now even fully covered, factor 50 and a hat doesn’t stop me feeling wiped out after a day in the sun

    Only a brolly helps if I’m fishing on the exposed reservoir I’ve been on recently

    I forgot to cream up before baiting up earlier in the year and got badly burned. As I get older I’m worrying more and more about the dangers of getting burned so I won’t be making the same mistake again

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    Quote Originally Posted by davebhoy View Post
    I’m 50 this year and I feel the heat more than ever. I’ve always been sensitive to the sun but now even fully covered, factor 50 and a hat doesn’t stop me feeling wiped out after a day in the sun
    I'm not quite as...less young as you (I'm 40), but it's exactly the same for me in that full covering, hat, cream, sunglasses, plenty of liquids etc just don't seem to do anything to prevent it now. I was at a lake all day Tuesday and my swim had the worst of the afternoon sun for a good three hours and the next day I had a thumping headache and felt sick, despite being well prepped for it.

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