The 4th of July fishing week is underway and with it some welcomed summertime visitors to nearby Virginia waters. A short boat ride from most of the Lower Northern Neck inlets and rivers could put you in close proximity to some red drum action. In addition to this fun filled distraction there will be lots of folks on the water throughout the 4th of July week. Stay vigilant and prepared for increased waterborne traffic and the potential for distracted boat operators. Check all of your boating safety gear before you leave the dock, ramp or marina. This week is a popular time for visitors and guests so take the time to explain how to stay safe while boating, with particular emphasis on wearing life jackets and how to use floatation devices, throw cushions or life rings. Hot summer weather is upon us so get hydrated and stay that way. Make sure you have plenty of water aboard and let someone ashore know where you are boating or fishing. Stay tuned to local weather forecasts and be alert to signs of developing thunderstorms. While these seem to be most frequent in the late afternoon and early evening, a threatening weather event can develop anytime.
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