You may think about building an umbrella holder for your jon boat.
I use a big golf umbrella last summer to fish during the heat of the day.
I have the umbrella holder rigged up differently now so that it's more out of my way. Last fall I tried to get around the stupid thing and bumped into it and fell out of the boat. That's not going to happen anymore now that I moved the thing.
But you are right.... IT's HOT DON! lol
Too hot to fish during the midday hours for this old man.
Now I was over there the other day at 4 am and saw two guys launching their boat at 4:30 am. They were in a hurry too. Said that they had been catching some nice 14 " long bass. They didn't say if they were fishing catch and release so hopefully they returned those fish to the water. Size limit is 18" on Bluegrass Pit and Loon Pit. But otter pit is still 14 or 15 " and 5 bass limit. Loon and Bluegrass are 18" and only 1 bass over `18" can be kept.
Fishing will only improve if we allow practice catch and release. And I am still not sure that even that helps if we catch the bass in deep water.
I wish that I could get permission to dive in these pits and go down and see what's on the bottom. I just got my scuba tank certified. But I found all my other plastic equipment had melted because I stored it up above the garage in the attic. I need better ventilation in that attic. The rubber straps for my face mask and snorkel all melted onto the metal part of my regular.
All I need is a new face mask (with prescriptions ground into the glass), new rubber straps for the snorkel, new BC, new wet suit and I am ready to dive again. It may be cheaper to just buy an underwater camera and lower it down to the lake bottom than to update or upgrade all my scuba gear.
Anyone want to buy a older wet suit that's not been used in over 30 years. I kept that wet suit in the house all those years. It's fully lined inside and out to make it easy to get on and off. And it's a thick neoprene type suit. I had it custom made for me and it cost me big bucks when I had it done. Today you can buy a brand new wet suit for about $200 bucks or a dry suit for $1400. It's not cheap to get into scuba diving and there are not many places to dive around here other than the pits and a few regional rock quarries. But once you dive in the Florida Keys it spoils you for lake diving. There is nothing like diving in the Big Ocean.