Sunday, January 16, 2022

Protecting Yourself From The Sun While Fishing


Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps | A wide rimmed hat and long sleeve shirt are great ways to protect yourself from the sun.

Summer is right around the corner. Our weather is finally warming up and fishing is becoming more and more productive every day. Now is one of our most comfortable times of the year on the water. You get to go out and enjoy some sun, a nice light breeze, and relax on the water as you anticipate the excitement of your catch of the day.

Spending the day on the water and fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the spring and summer months, but there are things you really need to look out for as well, and one of them is the sun. It’s big, it’s hot, and if you leave yourself exposed to it for too long without proper protection for your skin, you won’t be a happy camper the next day (sunburn – ouch!), and will be at risk for skin disease, and nobody wants that. With that being said, I’m here to tell you some ways you can go about protecting yourself so you can get to enjoy your favorite sport without worrying about how badly you’ll be burned the next day.


This one is probably the easiest and most common form of protection, as it adds no extra clothing and only an extra layer of protection for your skin. UV protecting lotions are affordable, and with their ever-advancing consumer-friendly technology, are easy to apply whether you’re spending the day fishing alone, or with a partner. If you go with this option, I recommend putting your sunscreen on prior to getting out on the water; the smell transferred from your hands to the bait can sometimes be enough to deter fish.

Sun Protective Clothing

This can be as simple as a wide brim fishing hat or visor to protect your head (if you have short or thin hair, you know head burn is a real thing, and is no fun to have), or fingerless gloves, or sunglasses. If you’re going on chillier spring days, a loosely knit long sleeve shirt will do the trick as well. My personal favorite is a UV buff – essentially it’s a heat and UV fabric protective tube that covers your neck, ears, and even mouth and nose if you want it to, and as a bonus it makes you look kind of like a Black Ops soldier, so it’s fun to wear. I always rely on my Columbia brand UV protective clothing. Long pants, long sleeves, and a wide brimmed hat are my daily “go to” items by Columbia.

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