What to Wear When Deep Sea Fishing
The gulf waters near the coast of Louisiana are picturesque and stunning both day and night. When planning your next deep sea fishing trip, don’t think this is going to be a little cruise on the water where you’ll be taking in all the beauty that comes with the region. If you and your group want to make memories that will last a lifetime, you should also prepare proper dress, to avoid any problems with clothing out at sea. You’d be surprised how often people may be too hot or too cold, or they may get wet. The need to prepare proper clothing when going deep sea fishing is all about functionality, comfort, and safety.
Don’t just wear or pack clothing you think will look great in, you’ll need to put some consideration into the time of year, your individual safety, and the immediate environment. Just like how you wouldn’t wear your blue jeans or dress shoes when running a marathon, or a jogging suit to go for a swim across the lake, dressing the right way on the charter fishing boat will enhance both your experience and performance.
The Warm Sun in Louisiana
The sun in Louisiana is a different sun than folks from the north are used to. Many people from northern states like to escape to the Gulf of Mexico during the winter, getting out of their winter clothes and being able to enjoy tee shirts and shorts in December and January. Despite what the calendar or thermometer says, your number one priority on the charter fishing boat needs to be protecting your skin from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. Even on cloudy days on the Gulf, you are at a higher risk of severe sunburn. Prepare in advance of your fishing trip to battle the intensity of the sun by dressing in UV shielding clothing, long sleeve shirt, a ball cap, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen.
By preparing for the sun on your fishing trip, you are going to eliminate those painful experiences of sunburn during the time out on the water and enjoy the fishing experience better. Your eyes can burn too, so the right sunglasses reduce glare, help you spot those fish splashing, and allow you to enjoy your day out on the water.
The Water in the Gulf is Definitely Wet
Just because you are safe atop of the charter fishing boat does not mean you are safe from getting wet during the trip. In fact, chances are possible that you might get at least get partially wet during your trip. Even if it is just your shoes. But there is also sometimes unexpected “sea spray”, that can be exciting to see, but can also leave you completely drenched, with barely a second’s notice. This region of the country also sees frequent rain showers that pop up without notice, the monster fish love to splash around before getting hauled on the boat, and splashes of saltwater from the boat crashing into waves are guaranteed. Even though the charter boat might have a place to get out of the rain, you can’t let go of that fish when the showers start. The best way to prepare for your day out on the fishing boat is to simply dress to get wet, and to have a change of clothes, shoes, and socks packed away in a waterproof container.
Walking around in wet blue jeans is uncomfortable and will dampen your mood, so consider dressing like a true fisherman. Quick-dry materials are a must, whether in your shirts or pants. Non-slip grip shoes, or rubber fisherman’s boots, will keep you from falling when the deck gets soaked.
Dressing for the Weather
In addition to planning to get wet, you’ll want to dress appropriately for the temperatures during different times of the year. Quick-dry materials are a fisherman’s best friend, keeping the clothing from sticking to your skin as you are trying to land that monster fish. In the winter months, the temperature when fishing the Gulf of Mexico will be colder than on land, so layers are a great option. Fast-drying materials in long sleeve shirts and then a poncho is going to keep you warm and drier. If the weather warms, take off a layer. In the summer, shorts and a tee shirt made with the performance fabrics will help you to focus on the fish and not your discomfort with being wet.
Even if the shower lasts five minutes on the Gulf of Mexico, it could be a downpour and soak you to the bone. The faster the material can dry, the less you’ll be squishing in discomfort.
Even if you managed to avoid getting soaked from the rain or the splashing of the saltwater from the boat, it is extremely likely you’ll be holding and handling some monster big fish during the trip. These fish are wet, they squirm around, and you definitely want some pictures to commemorate the journey. They can be slimy, messy, wet, and scaly, so you’ll want to choose clothing that is stain-resistant too, or unless you’re prepared to go home wet and dirty, something no one wants the end of their fishing trip to be. So dress well, bring extra’s, stay cool, warm, and dry, and enjoy your next deep sea fishing trip to the Gulf of Mexico!