Examiner.com - Capt. Gary Burch

Inshore flats fishing and extreme Florida sunshine can offer some unforgiving conditions to fisherman. Excessive sun exposure especially on the water can cause severe sun burn and damage your skin. Wearing proper clothing is mandatory when exposed to these circumstance.

Let's start with the sun's rays. We see the light spectrum ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).  However before red is infrared and after violet is ultraviolet.  The ultraviolet UV rays are most damaging to skin.

We also know that dark colors are hot when worn in the sun.  Dark colors absorb the radiant light energy and converts it into heat.  White on the other hand, is significantly cooler in the sun.  It possesses mostly reflective properties and offers little UV protection.

Finding the right combination of light neutral colors in your clothing particularly in fishing shirts, gives you both reflective and absorptive properties.

So remember, if you are fishing in the hot Florida sun, check your shirt labels and make sure they are UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50+.  This will block out 98% of UVA and UVB wave lengths from reaching your skin.

It has been reported that skin cancer is increasing.  People who work and play in the sun especially on the water are typically vulnerable.

"I HUNT FISH" apparel fishing shirts was created to meet the needs of flats fishermen by providing both comfort and protection. Soft, cool and comfortable 100% cotton, UPF 50+ and available in light neutral colors.  Beautiful 3D fish images and IHUNTFISH logos.  A must have fishing shirt.

If you are currently planning a fishing trip under the hot sun, consider your apparel from head to toe.

Keep cool and tight lines.

Thanks to Gabe of IHUNTFISH for shirt info.

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