This is an easy one to answer. Nothing. The best way to fish is barefoot. This way you can feel the fly line should it get wrapped around your foot and it's easy to clear line this way when a fish is making a run.
|Yours truly. My dog's bout' to be killin' me.|
My last trip to Florida I was on the bow a lot (thanks Pop) and Capt. Drew had a raised platform on the bow. This was awesome for seeing fish, but when the boat started rocking a little, I had to work at keeping my balance.
After two days, my back and my dogs were killing me.
Just a little tip for you. Be mindful if you're not used to fishing on a raised platform. It's a different experience and I noticed a lot guides in Florida use them. On day three I had to throw my Keen sandals on (which probably deserve a spot in the single malt category, by the way) and it made a huge difference. It provided support, helped ease my back, and actually helped my balance too. Don't be afraid to mix it up a little bit. There's no point in hooking a 130 lbs. poon only to have your back go out.