The end of the year is around the corner and I believe all of us are planning for the holidays. We wish our four FLW anglers who are representing South Africa at the Costa FLW Series Championship in the USA all the very best. They are making history on Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee early in November. They are up against the best FLW anglers from Canada, China, Mexico, South Korea and the USA. The top international angler advances to next year’s Forrest Wood Cup for the chance to compete on the sport’s biggest stage for the biggest payday in bass fishing.
Because our FLW South Africa anglers only compete against other anglers in the FLW Series International Division they have a 2 in 10 chance of qualifying for the Forrest wood Cup! Only the television coverage for these events is estimated to be 564 million households. What an honor to represent the country in this international tournament!
Back home, fishing in the summer is an amazing experience, except if the anglers decide to wear the wrong clothing. The environment has changed and the sun rays are much more hazardous and damaging to our bare skin. So if we are planning to do a lot of fishing during this sunny season, we need to think of what we will be wearing. What clothing will protect us from harmful sunrays and still be comfortable throughout the day?
Technology has improved considerably in such a way that UV protection clothing is now available. We do not need to wear shorts and t-shirts like in the past. Today’s outdoor clothing looks stylish and protects our skin and still manages to keep us cool.
A few words of precaution; before you do more damage to your skin start out by using a sweat proof quality sunscreen that will bond to your skin and won’t run down your eyes and sting. Use a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a greasy residue as it may affect your grip on the fishing rod. Use a sunscreen with a formula made of oil free, hypoallergenic and is waterproof.
In summer I reapply my sunscreen every few hours to keep me safe. You can also keep baby / wet wipes on your boat for wiping down your hands after you have applied your sunscreen.
Get yourself a proper set of sunglasses with polarized lenses to prevent yellow light entering the eye and eliminates glare. It is important that your sunglasses fit your face properly. If the sunglasses fits correctly it will allow the lenses to breathe and prevent it from fogging up. Enjoy your fishing and look after yourself.