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Kayak Fishing Clothes – A Guide On What To Wear

Let’s be honest, what you’re wearing to go kayak fishing is probably the last thing on your list. Maybe you know you have a PFG or a dri-fit shirt in your kayak fishing clothes pile, but you never really think about it. Well, honestly same here. But we’re here to help you think about it even less. Here are the simple things we recommend when you’re headed out on a kayak fishing trip. 

Kayak Fishing Shirts

I’d like to preface all this by saying I am writing this with spring, summer, and fall trips in mind. If you’re kayak fishing in the winter, that isn’t our forte anyway. When it comes to kayak fishing shirts, I think the ultimate is a long sleeve performance shirt you dedicate to kayak fishing. That way you can get mud, blood, or fish on it and not have to worry. 

Most of us have already realized wearing sunscreen is important when kayak fishing, but sometimes it doesn’t cut it, and honestly I would rather cover up in light layers than be constantly reapplying. Most fishing captains have figured this out too.

Especially in a kayak, don’t forget about reflected light. Water and sand, reflect between 25 and 80 percent of UV rays which means you’re getting hit from both sides if you have a sit-on-top kayak or paddleboard.

If you prefer shirts with pockets, PFGs have come a long way even in the past few years. Get a super lightweight one like the Columbia shirt below.

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Bassdash UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection Long Sleeve Performance Fishing Hoodie Hooded ShirtsMade from advanced knitted UV protection 84% Polyester and 16% Spandex fabric; No pilling, no shrinkage and excellent colour retention wash after washCheck Price
Columbia Men's PFG Terminal Tackle HoodieTechnology: omni-wick fabric that pulls moisture away from the body so sweat can evaporate quickly and omni-shade sun protection that blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.Check Price
Columbia Men's Tamiami Ii Long Sleeve ShirtADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia's PFG Tamiami Long Sleeve shirt features our signature UPF 40 fabric for maximum protection against UVA and UVB rays and our breathable wicking fabric that pulls moisture away to keep you cool and dry.Check Price

Kayak Fishing Pants

Ok, hear us out – we know convertible pants aren’t the best fashion, in fact they’re not at all. But when you’re out fishing are you really worried about how they look? Or do you want to make sure your legs don’t get sunburned with the light reflecting off the water? (Don’t forget water and sand, reflect between 25 and 80 percent of UV rays). More than anything else, don’t wear heavy clothes – things like cotton are a no-go. Make sure it’s light and will dry fast. You never know if you’re going to get in to wade or maybe take a spill. 

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Columbia Men’s PFG Blood and Guts III Convertible PantCrafted of our Blood 'n Guts stain repellant, these nylon ripstop pants (or shorts) can withstand angling stains like a champ.Check Price
Columbia Men's Terminal Tackle Short a combination of water and stain repellency and UPF 50 to help block and shield from UVA and UVB sun rays.Check Price

Kayak Fishing Hats

Like most other things, for hats, we like to keep it simple. Light, protects you from the sun, and you don’t mind if it gets dirty. Maybe it’s easy to wash too. In this case, I’m looking for any kind of lightweight hat. Something like the Nike AerioBill below.

If you want all-around protection, then I’ve also been known to wear bucket hats. Mainly Columbia bucket hats. 

Finally, buffs (or the brand correct term, neck gaiters… ) aren’t hats, but it’s headgear. Relax and know it’s one of the important things we bring. It keeps your neck and face protected from the sun so again you don’t have to keep putting sunscreen on your face and risk your lure or bait smelling like it

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Columbia Adult Bora Bora BooneyOMNI-SHADE: Be safe and protected. Omni-Shade blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburns and long-term skin damage. The tight weave construction with UV absorbent yarns block the full spectrum of harmful UV raysCheck Price
Nike AeroBill Featherlight Cap a combination of water and stain repellency and UPF 50 to help block and shield from UVA and UVB sun rays.Check Price
Columbia Freezer ZeroOMNI-SHADE: Be safe and protected. Omni-Shade blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburns and long-term skin damage. The tight weave construction with UV absorbent yarns block the full spectrum of harmful UV rays.Check Price

Kayak Fishing Sunglasses

We have so many reviews of sunglasses on our site. Check them out Costa Del Mar Zane, Costa Del Mar Jose, and Costa Del Mar Fantail. Above all else, make sure they are polarized. When it comes down to it, it’s quality over quantity and I prefer 580G Costas. Find a style you like, but recently we’ve been into these. 

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Costa Del Mar Men's Fantail 580g Rectangular SunglassesCosta's most high tech lens - 580 Glass provides superior clarity, scratch-proof, 100% UV protection and the best polarizing efficiency available.Check Price

Kayak Fishing Shoes

You could also convince me the best answer here is to wear old tennis shoes as your kayak shoes. Ones that you won’t wear out anymore but don’t want to throw away yet. That being said, those don’t always have the best tread left, and the last thing you’d want to do if you get out wand wade while kayak fishing is to slip.

Personally, I use Chacos (I don’t wade as much especially if stingrays are around) so I don’t mind that they’re open on the top. They are comfortable and dry easily so my feet don’t get waterlogged. However,  I also have a pair of wading boots if I’ll be around oysters. Getting a nasty cut on your food from an oyster bed can really ruin a fishing trip.

Kayak Fishing ShirtImageFeaturesPrice
Chaco Z2 ClassicPolyester jacquard webbing upper wraps around the foot and through the midsole along with a toe loop for a secure fit for a customized fitCheck Price
Duck and Fish Neoprene Beige Flat Wading Shoe5.0m/m neoprene and durable nylon upperCheck Price

The best part of finding the right kayak fishing clothes is that means you’re going out fishing soon. It doesn’t really matter what you wear, but this is a good guide to keep you safe and comfortable out on the water.

Here are the things you need to remember if you don’t want to read anything else: keep your clothes light, the more of your body you can cover so you don’t have to use sunscreen the better, and don’t wear cotton.

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