The clothing and personal gear items you choose can either make or break a fishing trip. Whether you choose an all-inclusive fishing vacation package or a Boca Chica fishing charter, one thing to be particularly mindful of is the sun. Out on the boat all day or on a multi-day excursion, you will have a lot of sun exposure and need to protect your skin and eyes effectively.

Besides the obvious recommendation of sunscreen, read on to learn what to wear fishing to protect yourself from the bright sunshine in the Gulf of Chiriquí and Hannibal Bank.

Long Sleeves

Although you might be tempted to wear a t-shirt, tank top, or go bare-chested on a fishing trip, long sleeves are the best way to go. Choose a long-sleeved shirt with ultraviolet protection of at least 40. By wearing quick-dry material, you’ll stay cool and more ventilated, so you aren’t sweating all day.

Hooded Shirts

Hooded shirts are a good option for what to wear fishing because they provide the option of a head covering when a hat is not practical due to wind or other conditions. A hood will also provide sun protection for your neck.

Long Pants

Keep your legs protected from top to bottom with full pants that are windproof and waterproof. Ensure your pants are comfortable and have pockets to stash away anything you need close by.


A good hat will keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face while fishing. Bring a wide-brim, lightweight hat that is breathable and that has a strap so it doesn’t blow off in a gust of wind.


A good pair of sunglasses is essential for any fishing trip to minimize glare off the water and have good visibility of your surroundings. Choose polarized lenses with a wraparound style to reduce your risk of headaches.


Gaiters are an excellent option for fishing because they are versatile and can protect your face and neck. You can wrap a gaiter around yourself and keep your hair out of your eyes with one, too.

Boating Shoes

For fishing on a boat, you need non-slip shoes that are safe, breathable, and comfortable. You may need to wade through water at some point, so consider choosing waterproof shoes.


Another suggestion for what to wear fishing is gloves to protect the back of your hands from sunburns. The right pair of gloves can improve your grip on the rod and make your hands less slippery due to sweat.

Ready to Book Your Fishing Trip?

With these clothing tips in mind, we hope you’re feeling more ready to pack your bags and embark upon a fantastic experience fishing for yellowfin tuna and other impressive fish species on a Panama fishing trip.

To learn more tips to prepare for your trip or arrange for overnight accommodations in our sport fishing lodge, contact us at 866-245-1492 to book your trip!