Gear Up for Summer

Stay cool and dry on the water this summer

August 3, 2020

The fishing is as hot as the weather; stay cool and dry on the water—and look good doing it—with our roundup of the season’s most popular choices in apparel and accessories.

Stacks of fishing clothing, accessories, and a knife.
Performance gear and accessories from Tormentor, Columbia, Fish Monkey, Grundens, Salt Life and AFTCO. Jon Whittle

A. Columbia PFG Grander Marlin II Offshore Shorts

With its quick-drying, comfort-stretch construction, the Grander Marlin II is a great pair of fishing shorts. ­Omni-Shield advanced stain repellency and Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection are also included.

B. Fish Monkey Quick Release Wiring Gloves

Designed with input from Capt. Charles Perry, the ­­Quick Release gloves are reinforced with Kevlar for protection from monofilament and wire leaders, while the four-way-stretch material adds comfort.


C. Grundéns Solstrale Refraction Camo Crew

The vented panels beneath the arms and down each side make the Solstrale one of the most comfortable performance shirts on the water. Additional features include stain release, anti-odor and UPF 50 sun protection.

D. Tormentor Black and White Trucker Hat

Don’t leave the dock without a great hat. This one from Tormentor has a Velcro strap—infinitely adjustable and no metal to rust—as well as a plastic bill rather than cardboard, so it’s washable.

E. AFTCO 10-inch Fillet Knife

Built in conjunction with the famed German knife-makers at Böker, the new line of AFTCO blades features a 56-58 Rockwell hardness and a subzero quench process to help maintain blade sharpness and edge retention.


F. Salt Life Cortez Sunglasses

With crystal blue tortoise frames and a smoke blue lens color, these Italian-made sunglasses feature lightweight polycarbonate lenses with a five-layer anti-reflective coating to eliminate glare.

Watch: We used a chopsaw to deconstruct three brands of wiring gloves.

Stacks of fishing clothing and accessories.
More gear from Salt Life, AFTCO and Pelagic. Jon Whittle

A. Pelagic Fish Market Shirt

Casual meets performance with this new line from Pelagic: a classic fit, front chest pocket, traditional coconut buttons and contrast twill taping add to the good looks.


B. Pelagic Mako XT Hybrid Fishing Shorts

Constructed in a new textured fabric with Pelagic’s patented Stain-Repel and Hydro-Repel coatings, the Mako XT has two front mesh pockets, rear-flap and zipper pockets, and multiple hidden storage and utility pockets.

C. AFTCO Trusted Trucker Hat

The Trusted Trucker is built on a six-panel, 60 percent cotton, 40 percent polyester platform with an adjustable back, high-crown fit and low-curve bill with contrast cord.

D. Salt Life Angler Shirt

This long-sleeved performance fishing shirt is made from a yarn dye plaid stretch material that is antimicrobial and quick drying for added movement and all-day comfort, with a vented chest and back for breathability.


For the ladies: Our selection of popular clothing and accessories.

Stacks of fishing clothing and accessories.
Stay cool and comfortable with clothing from Pelagic, Columbia, Tormentor, Grundens, AFTCO and Stranded at Sea. Jon Whittle

A. Pelagic Ocean Master Fishing Shorts

Part of Pelagic’s Belize Collection, these functional fishing boardshorts not only have a cool aqua camo pattern, but also enough pockets for your tools and accessories, as well as an internal waistband drawcord for a perfect fit.

B. Columbia PFG Hat

With a comfortable mesh back and a classic design, this hardworking Columbia PFG hat does its job well, keeping the sun out of your eyes and off your head.

C. Tormentor Side To Performance Shirt

One of the coolest shirts on the water—in terms of looks and performance—the specific side-vent printing makes it unique, along with the ultra-lightweight fabric construction.

D. Grundéns Solstrale Hoodie

If you love a hoodie for the added sun protection, be sure to check out the Solstrale line, which has a wetsuit-style hood design for even more coverage. The HeiQ stain-releasing, thermo-regulating and anti-odor fabric is also a winner.

E. AFTCO Solago Gloves

These fishing gloves feature UPF 50 sun protection from the wrist to midfinger with an open palm and fingertips, which allows for rigging dexterity without having to remove them in the middle of a hot bite.

F. Stranded at Sea Signature Marlin Hooded Dry-Fit Shirt

With a unique 100 percent micropolyester material that’s breathable, antibacterial and snag-resistant, this hoodie is not only moisture-wicking, but it also provides UPF 50-plus sun protection.

Stacks of fishing clothes and accessories.
Look good on the water with Caribbean Joe, Stranded at Sea, Bluefin USA, Tormentor and Columbia Jon Whittle

A. Caribbean Joe Relaxed-Fit Shorts

These shorts feature a classic design with two front pockets, two back pockets, an 8-inch inseam, moisture-wicking technology, and a comfortable elastic waistband.

B. Stranded at Sea Peaches and Cream Hat

This unique trucker hat from Stranded at Sea has a ­midprofile fit with a cool marlin patch sewn on the front.

C. Bluefin USA Tournament Shorts

Ultra-soft, durable, quick drying, and made of four-way microfiber stretch fabric, the Tournament Shorts are designed for comfort with a right-side cargo pocket and pliers pocket, two rear pockets, and adjustable waist straps for a custom fit.

D. Bluefin USA Solid Shirt

This comfortable, lightweight and breathable shirt will keep you in style on and off the docks. The tailored design has two front chest pockets with flap closures, plus a vented back panel for maximum breathability.

E. Tormentor Wahoo Skin Neck Gaiter

The perfect amount of stretch to hold its shape without slipping while still being breathable and lightweight enough for all-day comfort, the Tormentor gaiter also has UPF 40 sun protection for your face and neck.

F. Columbia PFG Force XII Zero Long-Sleeved Hybrid Shirt

Utilizing Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Freeze Zero technology, the sweat-activated fabric actively pulls the moisture away from your skin. Snap-tab sleeve holders, a button-down collar and sunglasses-cleaning patch add to the tech in this design.


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