Sun Protection Essentials for TX Heat

  With the fishing heating up on the Texas coast so are the temperatures. With indexes above 100 degrees having the proper sun protection is essential.  Make sure to cover all areas of your skin which might be exposed to the sun. Wearing material that will allow your body to breath and wick away moisture will allow you to be comfortable. Polyester blend materials work well and avoid cotton at all costs. Cotton will retain moister and can turn you into a soggy mess fast especially if you’re boating. Needless to say a good hat is crucial for keeping your head cool. Nothing says fishing more than a big straw hat but unfortunately these hats don’t last long in salt. A basic fishing hat with a goofy looking cape and some ventilation will work well. Some even come with pockets in the cape which I love to put my keys in when wading. Having a good pair of fishing pants that can convert into shorts is a good thing to have as well. During the summer I usually wade with just pants because the water temperature is too warm for wearing waders. Not having to worry about one more piece of equipment means faster launch and fishing times. Another essential sun blocking tool is a Balaclava. This is a piece of light material which resembles a cut off sleeve from a t-shirt.  This can be worn in many different ways and there are a various companies who produce excellent ones.

 Everything mentioned is affordable. Where I would invest some money in would be in a good pair of polarized sunglasses. It took me a while but I was finally to purchase some Costa Del Mar, Fathom sunglasses with the 580 lenses. I literally can see the fish swimming in the water. These lenses block out all of the harmful rays from the sun and prevent snow blindness and retina fatigue. These glasses also aid in being able to see structure changes in the water which will aid in locating fish.

 All of these things with plenty of water should make your summer time Texas fishing experience a safe one. Don’t underestimate the weather especially here in South Texas. Fish hard and drink plenty of water. Plenty of water!

Did I mention water?

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