Ocean fishing is an entirely different thing from lake fishing. You have the sun and the saltwater as well as the wind to contend with. Keeping yourself hydrated is essential, since a day spent out in the water under the glaring sun can keep your internal reserves quite low. Oh, and do slather lots of sunblock, ideally with high SPF to ensure that even if you forget that you’re out in the sun long, your skin won’t get burned to a crisp. Of course, there is a host of ocean fishing apparel you’ll need to have on as well.
Long sleeve shirts are great since they have you covered from the neck down to your waist and along the length of your arms. Cotton has long been the fabric of choice in fishing shirts but cotton/poly blends are catching up fast. Fishing in warm climes can get pure cotton wet and heavy with sweat, and the extended drying time can leave you with a soggy, hugely uncomfortable shirt. On the other hand, slightly brushed cotton/poly blend fabric draws moisture away from the skin and also dries fast, ensuring comfort. This type of fabric also works nicely in cooler climes because of its wind and cold cutting ability. Although cotton/poly blend breathes less than 100% cotton, it stays cooler. Make sure the shirt accommodates layering because out in the ocean, conditions can change rapidly. Layered clothes allow you to adjust up and down as needed.
The type of fishing you will do and your body shape determine the right style and cut of the fishing shirt. You want something loose but not overly so, just enough for you to easily cast and reel in with unrestricted movements. A corporate cut may look nice and neat but it hampers movement. Adequate shirt length is what tall or large anglers want, ensuring that the shirt won’t come untucked incessantly. The shirt can be tucked in or worn out of the pants if it has a straight cut across the bottom plus V vents cut along each side. You want the sleeves to be long enough. Double roll up collars can serve as extra sun/neck protectors. Pockets should be sufficient in number and should not be overly large and bellowing to the point of sloppiness. For maximum airflow, you want the vent in the back to be large and embroiderable, for personalization. Zippers are seldom corrosion resistant aside from being heavy, so avoid them if possible. UV is limited by all fabrics, and no fabric type can totally block it.
Rain boots or deck boots can work. If you don’t have such types of footwear, just make sure to use flat, non-slip shoes. Flip flops and sandals are not suitable for fishing. You want drainage-ready, ventilated shoes. Look for shoes with a leather and mesh upper that withstands water and the elements while making the footwear look as a shoe is supposed to. Super treaded outsoles and a quick-dry midsole provide dependable traction in wet conditions.
You want a hat that protects you from the sun, weather and insects. The hat should offer sun protection, or more specifically, UPF. The hat should have a wide brim and be tightly knit. It should be water repellent, which is more effective than water resistant fabrics. Water-repellent hats are of tightly woven fabric or have a coated finish that causes water to bead up and not go right through. It is important to choose a hat made of synthetic breathable material that prevents you from overheating by allowing the air to go right on top of your head. A chin strap provides wind resistance or keeps the wind from blowing the hat away. You also want fade resistance and floatability in your fishing hat. It should retain its color in the sun. The use of waterproof synthetic material allows the hat to stay afloat in the event that it gets dropped in the water. A hidden neck cape protects the sides of the head, ears and neck from the rays of the hot sun. Plenty of fishing hats have a neck cape that can easily be tucked away till needed. To combat heat and sweating, look for a hat with ventilation.
Choose a good pair of polarized sunglasses. You can go for different pairs with varying lens patterns to match the day’s conditions. With double gradient lenses, you have a single lens with two polarized tints. This type assumes a darker tint when the user looks straight ahead, then increases the contrasts and brightens your view into the water when you look down.