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Sun Protection on the Water, So Important! - Kayak Series V

Part of being on the water in Door County is being out in the sun.  Most of us have probably had far too much sun exposure and don’t need any more.  I’m on the beautiful waters of Door County many days a year and see the barely dressed to people like me who take protection from the sun to an extreme.      

For me, whether out in my Yar-Craft fishing boat or one of my Jackson Kayaks chasing smallmouth bass, or, just enjoying a pleasant paddle on the lake, I’m protected from the sun.  Starting from top to bottom, I always wear a hat with brim, polarized sunglasses, a gaiter to protect my ears, neck and part of my face.  I wear a good sunscreen of at least 50 SPF on any exposed areas, including areas of my face not covered by the gaiter.  I wear sun gloves, long sleeve fishing shirts and pants that have UPF protection built in.  Even with the pants and water shoes, don’t forget to put sunscreen on your ankles and tops of your feet not covered.

When giving talks at sports shows I note that I’m on the water to catch and release smallies, not get a suntan.  If the fishing is slow, I’m usually off the water, although I do enjoy recreational kayaking.  So, please be careful, cover-up and wear sunscreen.

Speaking of smallmouth bass, finally the weather and water has warmed up.  Fishing is still funky after the very cold spring and high water, but, is picking up.  It’s important to practice catch and release to help sustain the fishery.  And, please try to get that smallie in the boat or kayak fast and back in the water quickly.  If you want a picture, have the camera ready.  Ideally, the fish should be back in the water in under a minute.

As always, if you have any questions you can email me at



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