Don’t let a poor decision with your fishing garb ruin your time on the water. Here’s what you should be wearing when fishing in Wilmington NC this summer.
Sunscreen: Your First Layer of Protection
Sunscreen should be an essential item in any fisherman’s bag because it helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Ideally, you’ll want a product that it is water-resistant and sweat-proof because you’ll be on or near the water and, because it gets hot and humid in Wilmington, sweating a lot. It’s also important for the product to bond to skin instantly so it won’t run down into your eyes. You’ll also want it to be oil-free so it doesn’t affect your grip on your rod. In order to provide the most protection, the sunscreen should be reapplied every few hours.
Your Base Layer
The t-shirt is most fishermen’s base layer of clothing, but your choice in t-shirt will have an effect on your ability to stay cool and dry while out on the water. Ideally, you should choose a t-shirt that’s made from a fabric that wicks away water, like one made from 100% polyester. For even more protection from the sun’s rays, you can choose a shirt that has a 50+ UPF rating.
Next Layer: Your Outer Shirt
There are a few things you should look for in your choice of outer shirt to wear while fishing in the summer. For starters, it should be made from 100% nylon. This will allow it to be light and breathable and it will dry quickly in the event it gets wet. You should also look for a shirt that features “Spills Technology.” This prevents the usual “blood and guts” you get on it from cleaning your catch from setting in and ruining the shirt. Your outer shirt should have a button front and have long sleeves. Finding one with front and back ventilation flaps will go even further in keeping you cool and one with a roll-up collar will help protect your neck from the sun’s rays. Color should also be a consideration, especially if you plan on fishing in shallow water. You should choose a shirt that matches the color of the day’s sky. This will help you blend in with what the fish see when they look up.
Legwear: From Pants to Shorts
Over the course of a day spent fishing, you can experience a range of temperature changes. Therefore, having the ability to adjust your clothing according to your comfort needs is important. This is why so many pro fishermen prefer plants with zip-off legs. These pants offer the protection of long pants, with the ability to be turned into a pair of shorts when the temperature starts to climb. Like your outer shirt, your pants/shorts should also offer UPF 50+ sun protection and be made from 100% nylon. Lastly, you’ll want a pair of pants that feature a wealth of pockets, especially if you’re going to be wading out into the water, so you can carry all of your essential gear on you.
When it comes to your shoes, you want them to be comfortable first and foremost. The style and type will be based on where you’re going to be fishing. Some essential features should include UV-resistance, odor-resistance, slip-resistance, and they should be easy to clean. Depending on where you’re fishing, you may also want shoes that are water-resistant and quick to dry. If you’re going to be fishing from a boat, then pick a shoe with a non-slip and non-marking rubber outsole and with elastic laces. Today, there are even shoes made featuring unique drainage tunnels which route water from the inside of the shoe.
-Sunglasses with 100% polarized lenses
-Gloves with built-in UPF sun protection
-Face cover or “buff”
-Automatic inflatable-type life vest
Going Fishing in Wilmington NC? Visit Your Local Tackle Shop for All You Essential Gear and Garb
At Intracoastal Angler, we’re more than your simple local tackle shop. We have everything you need to help make your next fishing trip a success, even some of the best fishing apparel on the market. Plus, we offer up-to-the-minute weather reports and fishing tips online for free. Our fishing experts will help you choose the perfect spot to cast your line. Stay current with local insight on great coastal fishing with our Fishing Report and visit our tackle shop today in Wilmington NC. For more information, just give us a call at 910-392-3500.