You can’t hide from the sun while you’re on the water. That’s the bliss of it and also the problem. So while you’re out catching those prize-winning fish how do you protect yourself from the suns harmful UV rays?
The most obvious answer. Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and also includes SPF is major key. Typically you have to re-apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day. Yes, it works but how many times have you stopped reeling in that keeper fish to re-apply your SPF?
Here are a few other items some of our fellow fishermen turn to for protection
These light weight, breathable shirts and shorts protect from UV rays, help cool down your skin, keep away moisture and ventilate all at the same time. Luckily, right here in Citrus County we have quite a few local vendors that sell these products and you may also find them in your favorite bait shops.
Admittedly, wearing a buff will take some getting used too. For years, fishermen have been wearing buffs as a form of sun and wind protection. Although some mistake this as a fashion trend a buff is multi-functional. Wear it as a face protector, neck warmer, balaclava, headband, ear warmer, and even a hair tie.
Your skin isn’t the only thing you need to protect on the water. Sunglasses have a few other advantages than just protecting your eyes from UV exposure. Wearing polarized sunglasses reduces the harsh glare and allows anglers to see structure and even fish.
All in all sunscreen has undoubtedly always been the go to for skin protection from the sun but going the extra mile never hurts. Wearing the right accessories will help you stay protected from the sun.
Below are a few favorites...