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What To Wear Deep Sea Fishing

What To Wear Deep Sea Fishing

Going deep-sea fishing requires having the proper clothing, gear, and essentials to handle the offshore environment. Here are some tips on what to wear and bring while fishing in both warm and cool weather conditions.

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Layering for Warmth Offshore

The open ocean can become quite chilly thanks to winds and sea spray. Layering allows adapting to changing temperatures.

LayerRecommended ItemsPurpose
Base layerThermal underwear, moisture-wicking shirtsKeeps skin dry
Mid layerFleece jackets, insulated pantsProvides warmth
Outer layerWaterproof jackets, bibsBlocks wind and moisture

Having multiple layers provides versatility to add or remove clothes as needed for comfort.

Staying Cool in Hot Weather

Direct sun and physical exertion raise body heat quickly when fishing offshore.

  • Wear lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics
  • Soak a bandana or towel in cool water and drape around neck
  • Use wide-brimmed hats, properly applied sunscreen
  • Take regular breaks in the shade to hydrate

UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) fishing shirts, pants and hats prevent overheating and sunburn.

Protecting Yourself from the Sun

The sun’s rays intensify offshore with the reflection off the water.

  • Apply broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen liberally and often
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to reduce glare
  • Use UPF-rated fishing shirtspants, and hats
  • Reapply lip balm with SPF
  • Seek shade when possible

Guarding against sun exposure prevents painful sunburns that can end trips early.

Proper Deep-Sea Fishing Shoes

Boat decks are slippery, which makes it a must that your shoes have traction and stability. Some surfaces are ok to be barefoot, but bare feet will never have as much traction as a good pair of deck shoes, or any shoes classified as non-slip.

  • Rubber boots – aggressive tread for grip
  • Boat shoes – slip-resistant soles
  • Flats/sneakers – secure heel straps

Proper footwear allows safely moving around the boat in all conditions.

Must-Have Essentials

Besides rods, reels, and tackle, deep-sea fishing necessitates:

  • Life jacket or inflatable PFD for safety
  • Seasickness medication if prone to nausea
  • Gloves to protect hands from rope/cold
  • Polarized sunglasses to see fish under surface

Packing the essentials allows focusing on catching instead of discomfort.

With the proper clothing, sun protection, footwear and gear, you can enjoy deep-sea fishing in comfort and safety.

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