It’s important to stay hydrated

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By Shelton Young

Over the past several articles we’ve talked about various styles of artificial baits and some very basic techniques for using them.
So what else do we need when we’re going to spend time outdoors, especially this time of year? It’s readily obtainable, inexpensive and comes in one basic style. And this item can save your life.
Do ya think I’m talking about PDFs (personal floatation devices)? While PDFs are indeed a mandatory item for safety, they’ll be talked about in another article.
What I’m talking about is water…or some other non-alcoholic decaffeinated drink.
In cold weather/water, we should worry about rapid heat loss causing “hypothermia”, a condition of having an abnormally low body temperature.
In hot weather, we have to worry about “hyperthermia,” the condition of having a body temperature greatly above normal.
Of course one way to avoid over-heating is to stay inside in the air-conditioning. Not sure about anyone else but my bass boat doesn’t have A/C.
Fishing at night might seem to be an option but have ya been out at night? Hot and humid!
Let’s make this simple. When it’s hot you sweat; sweat is liquid…lose liquid and your body temperature goes up fast!
So, replace the lost fluids and help keep your body temperature down. While alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks are indeed liquid, they deplete rather than replenish, fluids in the body.
When you get dehydrated you quit sweating, experience a dry sticky mouth, become extremely thirsty, get irritable, develop a rapid heartbeat and breathing. You can feel light-headed and dizzy, experience muscle cramps and generally feel weak and stupid.
So how much of the “right” fluids should you consume. In general, if you’re going to spend a day on the lake, drink eight, 16-ounce glasses/bottles of fluid “before” you go out and continuously drink all day.
Another possible result of too much “fun-in-the-sun” is skin cancer. Personally, I always figured that was one of those things that happened to someone else. That is until I had some “pre-cancerous” areas removed from the tops of my ears.
Now, it’s sunscreen and/or a hat that covers my ears.
Some of the “pros” I’ve seen lately are wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts. They also partially cover their heads/faces with a stretchy, fabric with a high SPF (sun protection factor) and wear thin, fingerless gloves.
That amount of “coverage” may seem a bit extreme to some but those guys spend more time on the water than they do indoors.
For most, a good, high SPF rated sunscreen will do wonders to protect you. Just be sure to re-apply often.
Do you need coverage and/or sunscreen if it’s cloudy? Yes! The sun’s rays that cause sunburn, a precursor to skin cancer, aren’t blocked out by a cloud cover!
Let’s see now, in the winter we can worry about hypothermia, in the summer we must consider hyperthermia and melanoma creeps up on us pretty much year round!
And to think, all we used to have on our minds in the outdoors was how to avoid getting snake bit!
 Don’t forget the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet on Aug. 6 at Centre Square.
 The Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers had a make-up bass tournament on Fagan Branch Sunday.
With 5.04-pounds the team of Donald Hafley and Mike Veatch took first place. Mike Smith and Jason Edelen were second with a bag of 3.15-pounds.
Jason Spalding, fishing by himself with 3.12-pounds was enough to take third.
Big bass was taken by Hafley/Veatch, with a fish of 2.15-pounds.
They’ll fish a night tournament, 6 p.m. till midnight, on Willisburg Lake July 30.
Guess that’s it for now. Get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!