Heat Management when out on the Flats

Putershark

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This is the clothing combo I use too survive out in 90 plus degree heat while staying semi cool and more important, protected from the Sun at the same time... :cool:

Shirts

https://gillz-gear.com/collections/breathe-like-a-fish-shirts/products/high-pressure-blue-mens-long-sleeve-with-gray-mesh-and-mask the roll up mask is a "must have" and prevents the dreaded Buff Burn since this one cannot roll up on the back of your neck.

More information here

https://gillz-gear.com/

Sky Blue in color (so you blend into the sky) is the true Fishfolage color to use for us guys who "Hunt" fish out on the Flats.

Pants
Lightweight fishing pants in tan like these
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/world-wide-sportsman-hybrid-ii-pants-for-men
Now I just cut out the swim trunk netting and wear under amour underwear that wicks the moisture away, but that is your choice naturally.
Oh and you can laugh later when you find out about the strategic use of Baby powder :p

Gloves
https://www.columbia.com/coolhead-fingerless-gloves-SU9000.html?dwvar_SU9000_variationColor=160
Many forget about how much time their hands are getting fried since they are parallel to the Sun while holding a rod. Using these prevents that from happening ;) As for myself, if the tops of my hands get sun fried the party is over with and these and other like them, simply work great in preventing such!


Hat
White in color and has black under the brim works best, but most ball caps are all cotton and just too heavy retain way too much heat :( Remember this the next time you have sweat running into your eyes and see if you have that as much, once you start using one designed for such :cool: Costa Del Mar made some really lightweight ones that were all moisture wicking material. But those are no longer listed so I better take better care of mine! I am sure there are others on the market and this one is along those same lines like this one:
https://www.bocacoast.com/product/bc-vented-ultralight-fishing-hat/


Shades
In my opinion (used many brands) none finer for fishing than Coast Del Mar in the 580 lens be it either in Glass or the newer lightweight 580P (Plastic lens)

https://www.costadelmar.com/us/en/performance-technology/580-lenses.html
You just need to go to your local premium dealer so you can try on the frames that will cover your shaped face the most and not have part of the frame showing up in your field of vision. Now I have the Fisch and Wingman models, but your eyes need to be totally covered and not allow any light to leak in from behind.

Socks

https://www.pearlizumi.com/US/en/Shop/Ride/Road/Men's/Essentials/socks/Men's_ELITE_Low_Sock/p/141518024YA
Need to keep you feet as cool as possible, and I discovered these kept my feet nice and cool when I was road bike cycling, and now use them on the boat ;)

Shoes
Flip Flops and most running shoes just don't cut it, these or another like it work much better for keeping your balance and your feet cool and covered at the same time. https://www.softscience.com/mens/fishing-boating/mens-fin-3.html

Another trick I learned from dear old Mom, is to bring an extra pair of shoes on-board and change them after a few hours. What a difference a fresh / different pair of shoes (shoe bed) can make when you are getting tired :) Thanks Mom!


And when it is 12pm and many so called "real men" are passed out on my deck... I have one of these wrapped around their neck trying to revive them while into my 500th of a 800 cast day https://www.froggtoggs.com/chilly-pad-12677/
Now I keep mine in a zip lock bag in the Refrigerator and then xfer them to the cooler to use "when needed"

Heat management is the key though... Sun screen just blocks the pours and prevents one from sweating as much, so I only use it only on my face and hands at times. But since the rest of me is already covered with the proper clothing, I don't need to use sunscreen in other places NOR do I need to take up valuable space on the boat with some kind of Bimini Top, etc... ;)

Try this combo though and see if your days out on the Flats (or any body of water) are both longer and you do not come back both totally exhausted and sun fried :D




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Putershark

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Links updated for some of the products and for those who may need to send to your "better half" for some shopping ideas ;)

A lot of these very same products are also great for base layers when fishing in the cooler months. The face mask on the shirt alone, has come in very handy for me when flying across the Flats and it is chilly outside.

Enjoy, and stay protected no matter the season! :cool:
 

k9reno

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Base layers. I never worried about base layers until the temps started getting into the single digits. Don't see that happening here. :)
 

Putershark

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It always feel 15 degrees cooler on the water, so when you are running The Flats in a North Gale dodging oyster beds you never saw before :oops: you will see what I mean... Just give it some time Snowbird :p and your blood will start to thin out also ;) LOL

Go Gators!
 
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