Don’t Let the Sun Catch You

In June on the Outer Banks weather begins to shift into the summer patterns. This change means the summer season is finally in full swing with plenty of sun and hot weather.Nags Head Beach

This change also brings the anglers out in force. With plenty of species in our water, thoughts of that trophy catch or at least a great dinner are on their minds. But sometimes it may take a good bit of time to make that catch

And here is where we can get into trouble.

The sun is bright and hot and can take its toll on our eyes and skin. Regardless of our pigment, the sun can do future irreversible damage. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can affect our health dramatically.

Sun protection is necessary regardless if you are on the land or over the water or it’s sunny or even cloudy. Your best protection is covering up all of your exposed areas.

Sun glasses are the first consideration. Select only sun glasses that have a label indicating the UV protection. Only use sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Also, opt for wraparound sunglasses or close-fitting sunglasses with wide lenses that protect your eyes from every angle.

There are many sun glasses to choose from but don’t skimp on these.

Next item is a hat. Use only a hat that covers both your face and neck. Baseball caps are common place on the water but they typically only provide partial protection. Be smart and get a good hat.

The final component is clothing. Wear long sleeves and long pants. I know, these can make you hotter but there are many styles that are “cool-infused”. If you get hot, roll your sleeves. Remember always look for UPF 40 and UV protection.

OK so you don’t care for long clothes, then use at least a 50 SPF or higher sun screen lotion. They even make a spray – so there is never an excuse. Apply liberally before you head out and every hour. Don’t worry, you will get plenty of sun through this protection.

Remember to use sun protection every time you are fishing. And don’t let the sun ruin your day or your future.

Until next time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony

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