How to Stay Warm on the Water During Winter and Bad Weather

fishing in winter and cold weather

It’s not as though you can light a fire to stay warm on a boat! Instead, there are plenty of things you can do to stay warm while fishing. 

For many, fishing is the perfect sport. Whether you’re deep-sea fishing, fishing by the bank, or in a boat on lakes and rivers, there’s nothing quite like catching your own meal. Salmon, bass, trout; there are so many options when it comes to casting your reel! Fishing is also a great sport because it can be done either alone or with friends. While there’s nothing quite like sitting alone and enjoying the peace and quiet of fishing on a lake, the mirror-like water still, the birds stirring, the rustling breeze, it’s always nice to share that feeling with others too. 

Maybe the picturesque lake scene isn’t, well, your scene. Maybe you prefer the excitement of fly fishing. Maybe you prefer being out at sea and prefer the rocking and pitching of the boat, the salty spray in your face. Whatever kind of fishing you prefer, all fishermen (and women) can agree on one thing: come prepared!

Like with any other sport, you’ve got to have the right gear when it comes to fishing. If you’re hitting the water, obviously you’ll need a fishing boat (whether that looks like an aluminum boat, a dingey, a deep-sea boat, or something else), a rod, reel, tackle, hooks, anchors, snacks. Well, you know the drill!

What you might not know is that what you wear on your fishing trips will affect your mood and how long you can fish. If you’re cold and miserable, you’re more likely to call it quits early and potentially miss out on an enormous catch! Here at ORORO, we want to make sure you have the best fishing experience possible, so we’ve compiled a list of fishing trip must-haves.

Fishing Essentials

Heated clothing is a must-have for fall and winter fishing. Why? Because when you’re sitting on a boat for hours at a time, you don’t get great circulation. It’s hard to get up and move around, which is why ORORO’s heated apparel is excellent for fishing. The wearable technology is perfect for keeping your blood flowing no matter where to go fishing. 

The Men’s Heated Hunting Vest

The Men’s Heated Hunting Vest doubles as a fishing vest because it has so many storage pockets! Whether you’re stuffing your pockets with cans of bait, boxes of hooks, snacks, anchors, or any number of things, this vest has a pocket for it. There are 4 hand pockets, two upper chest mesh pockets, two chest zipper pockets, 3 lower back pockets, and 2 inside pockets. 

This heated vest is made of polyester and nylon and is both wind and water-resistant, so you can sit out on the boat for hours without worrying about getting cold! This vest will stay toasty for up to 10 hours, so you’ll be able to cast and catch all day!

Heated Scarf

You probably didn’t know you needed this until now, but a heated scarf is a great way to stay warm! The heated scarf doesn’t get in the way when you cast your line and it protects your neck from windchill. The soft material ensures maximum comfort, and it will keep you warm for hours. You’ll be the envy of your fishing buddies with this scarf. Who knows, they might even ask to borrow it!

Heated Socks

These heated socks will keep your blood flowing during those long hours on the boat. The heated socks are there to not only keep you warm, but to make sure your joints don’t stiffen up. Plus, it’s not uncommon to get wet feet, and these air-wicking socks are sure to keep you warm! Don’t let the bitter cold of a fall or winter fishing trip get to you. Instead, get heated socks!

Heated Cushion (coming soon!)

This is every fisherman’s (or woman’s) dream! While sitting on the boat may be a great way to unwind, it’s also a great way to get a cold behind! The heated cushion keeps your backside warm for hours on end. After all, that’s most of what fishing is, right? Sitting and waiting for the fish to bite. Now you’ll be sitting comfortably with a heated seat!

Heated Gloves

Whose hands don’t get cold on the water? Gloves are a great way to keep your hands warm while casting your line. It gets difficult to cast or steer your boat when your hands freeze up, so get ahead of the problem by wearing heated gloves! These gloves will keep you fishing longer and will keep you happy out on the water. Not only will they keep you warm, but they aren’t clunky and they don’t restrict motion.

Hand Warmer

While you’re letting your pole rest against the edge of the boat, rest your hands inside of these hand warmers! If you’re not a fan of gloves, then this will be the choice for you. Coming in both black and camouflage, these hand warmers spread warmth from the back of your hands to the front of your hands. The hand warmers last for up to 14 hours, so you can be out on the boat all day!

Getting a Head-Start on Warmth

In addition to wearing heated apparel, here are a few more things you can do to stay warm while fishing. 

Plan your hours

This one is crucial to staying warm. If you like to get a head start to get to your fishing destination early in the morning, be prepared to face the dawn! Stay toasty in your car until the first rays of light hit, then head out on the boat.

At the opposite end of the day, also be prepared for dusk! Staying out past sunset tends to get chilly, so try to be packed and back to the car by the time the sun is out of the sky. That way you can enjoy the warmth of the heathers on the way home.

Eat regularly

Your body gains energy from food (energy which converts into heat), so if you’re not eating throughout the duration of your fishing trip, you’ll get colder. Whether it’s something simple like jerky or something a little more like a sandwich and chips, be sure to bring a snack while you’re out on the water.

Bring a flask

Bringing a flask is perfect for the early bird fishers! Whether your go-to is coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, a warm flask is a great way to warm up your insides. After all, who doesn’t love the toasty feeling of a warm beverage settling in their tummy?

Out on the Water!

So there you have it, a bunch of ways to stay warm while doing your favorite hobby! Which habits will you choose, and which heated apparel will you buy? When you go fishing, snap some photos and tag us on Instagram @ororo.wear!

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