The serious point though is to take care of your feet on the flats. Ensure your chosen footwear is comfortable and suitable for the terrain before you venture out.
Another stupid mistake I’ve made this year, and pretty much every year, is to get sunburnt on my legs. However much I say to myself “I’m just going out for an hour maximum so I’ll get away with shorts” I know it’s going to turn into a 3 hour walk – wade. I’ve yet to discover a sunscreen that will stand up to hours of lapping waves so burning is pretty much guaranteed for me unless I’m wearing long trousers. I won’t be going out fishing in shorts again on this trip – unless it’s definitely only for an hour or so
Today was one of the few occasions where I’ve had to slap my rod down in the water in order to ward off a shark. Tracy was playing a bonefish and a lemon became very agitated, tearing around at such a speed that it was impossible for me to intercept it with my fly (I had hooked one earlier but it spat the fly whilst deep into the backing). At some point it decided to come straight for me at full speed, so I didn’t manage to get a shot off and instead had to give it a double slap before it veered away. This shark would have eaten anything in its path, others have been more laid back – easy to put the fly in front of but not really wanting to take it. Hopefully I’ll run into a big ‘Goldilocks’ shark soon.
Here are some of our photos from the last few days,