Fishing and Fitness Go Together

A few months ago we had the pleasure of poling for redfish in Beaufort, SC. What a special place to fish!

One things that never blows my mind is how sore I can get from a day on the water, whether poling, hiking to a secluded mountain stream, or standing on the bow for a few hours. It is a workout!!

I happen to have had the privileged of playing college football and learn a ton about fitness, something not all of us have been able to do. With that knowledge, below are a few tips to help your day on the water.


  1. Drink plenty of water and don’t overdue the adult beverages…nothing is worse that wasting a whole day of top fishing being hungover.
  2. Stretch the week before. Being stiff is never a fun feeling.
  3. Stability over strength. Focus on working the stabilizer muscles with body weight work out focusing on balance.
  4. Prepare. Elijah took a backpacking trip to CO a few months ago and backpacked to some really cool places. If you plan on hiking in, go hiking and get used to carrying 20 lbs. of gear.
  5. Bring snacks. Snacks help keep your energy up all day. I like apples, granola bars, nuts, dried fruits, etc…Just NO BANANAS!!!!
  6. Stay in your box. This is a safety tip more than anything. If you are’t used to walking, don’t backpack into a stream. If you have trouble wading, fish safer water while you work on your stabilizer muscles.

Hopefully, these brief tips can help your next day on the water!!

Written by: Alex Howell

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