Beside having the right fishing tackles for your target species an angler has to be suitably & comfortably attired to last a whole day under the sun protecting oneself against the natural elements. In this post I’ll provide highlights on apparels which I find suitable for outdoor fishing protecting you from head to toes.
I emphasize all information shared in this blog is just my personal opinion & experience which some may beg to differ 🙂 If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them at the end of this post.
Starting from the top you need a good sun cap most importantly with a long protruding front shade cutting out as much glare from your vision. Common caps found in the market are with normal size front shade which I find too small for prolonged hours in the sun.
I’m particular fond of the Daiwa cap ( eBay ) which has this long protruding front shade compared to the normal sized ones pictured below. A velcro strap behind allows you to adjust fit on head…just remember to hold on to it or remove it from your head before boat moves off!
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of having a good pair of sunglasses preferably with polarized coating for glare protection to enhance your vision on the water & at the same time protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays.
I use 2 pairs of sunglasses with prescription bifocal lenses enabling me to focus on distance as well as near objects. I like the Maui Jim pair which provides both excellent vision on water & a stylish look.
Maui Jim‘s proprietary patented PolarizedPlus 2 lenses & its wrap around frame style giving all round protection is a plus to have when out fishing. Recommended designs are pictured below with PolarizedPlus 2 lenses & wrap around frame styles.
Sun Mask or Hood
As a sun cap cannot give full protection of your face against the harsh sunrays I complement by adding a sun mask (aka hood) which can cover your delicate nose & face down to your neck area. Put on hood first to adjust coverage of face & neck pulling a portion over your head followed by securing it with your cap. By pulling hood partly over your head the lower portion will drop slightly exposing your eyes (which will be covered by your sunglasses).
A pair of durable & fitting gloves is important to provide non-slip & comfortable grip needed especially in heavy jigging & popping. Use only gloves dedicated & designed for fishing & not any safety gloves as the tough material used might abrase & weaken your fishing line.
Shirts & Pants with SPF
When out under the sun for long hours it’s advisable to put on a long sleeve cool, soft & quick dry comfortable shirt which doesn’t stick onto body when you perspire with matching pants to go with.
Preferably get one with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) protecting your delicate skin from the harmful UV rays. UPF is a standard used to measure effectiveness of sun protective fabrics providing both UVA & UVB protection. Eg. UPF50 means only 1/50th of the harmful UVA & UVB rays will penetrate fabrics giving you 98% protection (49/50) against the sun.
Anti-Slip Deck Shoes
In addition a durable & comfortable pair of deck shoes is needed to provide secure & slip-proof foothold on the slippery deck when fighting a fish. I had tried doing it barefooted but failed miserably with a sore bum, bruised ego & a lost GT!
I’m using a pair of Shimano Evair ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct ) deck shoes pictured below for several years which are reliable on wet surfaces, durable & comfortable. Daiwa ( eBay ) has their own deck shoes too in about the same design.
All the best,
PS: Please leave a comment if any information in this site is inaccurate or incorrect…I’m learning too 🙂