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Updated: 08/21/2014 08:00:02AM

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By Capt. Mike Myers

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OK, I’m not sure you’ve noticed this or not, but it’s hot outside. Not only is it hot out there, it’s also quite humid — like sticky, steamy sauna humid. I actually kind of dread getting up in the mornings and getting ready for fishing trips during this time of year. Not because I don’t want to go fishing (I really and truly love fishing) but because I know once I step foot into my garage, I’m going to start to perspire. A lot. It seems a little crazy that it’s so hot and humid at 4:30 a.m. (yes, that’s when I start preparing for your trip of a lifetime) that I can’t even tie a single loop knot on my favorite artificial lure without having to wipe the sweat out of my eyes. I guess that’s the price we pay for living in a sub-tropical fishing paradise.

Now even though the outside conditions can make you smell like you haven’t showered in days within just a few minutes of stepping out into it, they also come with some benefits. The number-one benefit I can think of is slick calm mornings. For the weather to be hot and humid first thing in the morning, there has to be little or no wind — and when there is no wind, it makes finding fish way easier, particularly the tarpon and redfish. Coincidentally, those species happen to be quite plentiful this time of year. Glassy water also gives you a chance to use lures that don’t work so well in choppy conditions, which in turn gives you a chance to practice and get better at using said lures.

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