The only thing that stands between you and the raw saltwater conditions on your fishing holiday are the clothes on your back so it is important you take the correct attire with you.
Protecting Against Sunburn
When fishing in places such as Mexico, Rodrigues Island, Costa Rica, Andamans and other exotic places, it’s not the wind or the waves that are the most dangerous conditions, it’s the sun. Sunburn isn’t just uncomfortable but it can be very dangerous. People think that simply wearing the correct clothing is enough, however this isn’t the case. You should always wear good high quality sun block and make sure that its applied on a regular basis as this will keep most of the harmful rays from penetrating you skin.
When purchasing your sunblock look for one that doesn’t leave a greasy residue, which could compromise the grip on your rod. Look for one that is oil free and waterproof. A good sunblock should soak into your skin very quickly and should be reapplied every couple of hours.
Ultraviolet Protection Factor Clothing
Wearing the correct clothing, such as loose fitting lightweight long sleeved shirt and long shorts, will help protect you from the sun and help you keep cool. However, when shopping for your saltwater clothing you need to consider the make-up of the fabric and look at the ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of the clothing, this should be labelled greater than factor 40. This will help to protect you all day out in the sun and will also help cool your skin. Modern materials have been designed to dry quickly and cool the skin so team this up with a good quality well ventilated brimmed or peaked cap and you will be good to fish all day long.
Sunglasses are a must when out on the ocean all day, these will protect your eyes from the sun’s rays and will also help you catch and see a lot more fish. You should look for a high-quality pair of polarised lenses preferably with a wraparound style frame, this will help to cut through the glare of the sun and see further underwater. It is important to buy quality fully polarised glasses as this will save you from unwanted headaches caused
Face Masks or Buffs
Face masks or buffs have over the last few years become very popular as good quality ones will be UPF rated of factor 50 so there is no need to continuously be reapplying sun block to your face. The buffs can be worn as either neck protectors or full facial protection. The stretchy, seamless microfiber polyester fabric comes in different patterns and looks. The material is designed to wick moisture at the surface for lightweight and comfortable protection from sun and wind.
Some people choose not to wear anything on their feet whilst in a boat but I personally think it is very important to be wearing some type of foot wear when in a boat. There are a couple of reasons why I think it’s important, firstly they give you a much better grip when standing toe to toe with your prize catch. Secondly, there are lots of sharp things involved when fishing and if someone drops a hook or lure on the boats deck and you stand on it, your holiday may be ruined. If you do choose to wear something on your feet they should be light weight, made from a flexible material and well ventilated. A quality pair of footwear should also be UV resistant, odour resistant, slip resistant, easy to clean and very quick to dry.
Some people choose not to wear them but I always wear a good quality pair of gloves at all times when out fishing as they serve several different purposes. Gloves keep the sun from burning the backs of your hands and with your skin being very thin on the backs of your hands this can lead to unwanted skin problems. In addition to this, they give you grip on the rod when you’re either constantly casting your lures or playing the fish. Remember you are in hot countries and your hands sweat which in turn will make them slippery. The best gloves you can buy will have built in UPF sun protection.
We all love our sport and spend a fair amount of money achieving our goals so whatever you do, make sure you buy the correct clothing and accessories so you stay safe out on the water and will be able to enjoy the sport for many more years to come.