Fishermen Fashion: The Must-Haves

Tuna fishing can be an exciting and rewarding activity, but it can also be a physically demanding one. If you are planning to cast your fishing rod into the ocean you have probably considered which boat you are going to use, as well as your reels.  A component that is sometimes overlooked is what you should wear.  The proper attire is an important part of fishing so before you hit the runway that is your boat make sure you are geared up with more than just chum because your clothing can help or hinder your catch of the day. Below is a list of must -have clothing and accessories worn by some of the most successful fishermen in the business.

  •  Wind/Waterproof Jacket:  When you check your local weather remember that the air at sea is cooler than the air on land.  In addition to the classic hooded sweatshirt, a jacket is an excellent barrier between your body and the elements.  When choosing a jacket look for one that is lightweight, wind resistant and waterproof.
  • Slip resistant shoes:  When you are out at sea the last thing your crew wants to do is fish you out of the ocean. The proper footwear will prevent you from losing your footing on slippery decks. There are a variety of shoes made for fishing but the ideal shoes are waterproof and slip resistant to keep you firmly in place so you can reel the fish out of the water instead of it pulling you in.
  • Waders:  A fashion necessity for the fishermen of Wicked Tuna are waders. Sometimes referred to as bib overalls, waders are made from durable synthetic rubber that prevents water leakage keeping the body warm and dry during those long days at sea.
  • Sunglasses: Have you ever wondered why the men of Wicked Tuna are always wearing shades? It’s not just to look stylish. The polarized lenses protect their eyes from the sun’s reflection off the water making it easier to spot their next catch.  Sunglasses also protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation which can cause permanent damage to the retina.
  • Hat:  Another way to shield your eyes from the sun is a hat. Whether you want to wear your favorite trucker hat or a visor, hats are an important accessory for shielding your eyes and face from the sun and wind.
  • Gloves:  Your hands are an important tool for fishing thus it is vital to protect them from the elements not to mention line-cuts, an injury common among fishermen. Look for gloves that are insulated and water resistant/fast drying but still offer maximum dexterity. You don’t want a glove that is going to prevent you from reeling in a fish.
  • Sunscreen:  One of the most important and often overlooked must haves for anyone participating in an outdoor activity is sunscreen.  Fishermen spend long hours in the sun putting them at risk for sunburn. Thus it is important to liberally apply a high SPF sunscreen to areas of the body that are exposed to the sun.

Be sure to tune in to Wicked Tuna: Size Matters this Sunday at 10P et/pt when Captain Kevin and The Christina snag an eleven-hundred pound “monstah” right out of the gate. The story of Kevin’s catch, by far the biggest of the season, is the talk of the town and no one takes it harder than Dave on, a born competitor.  Dave puts his boat on overdrive to catch up, while Marciano is forced to sit on the sidelines with a charter tour so that he can pay off the mountain of debt he’s accumulating. Check out a sneak peek from Sunday’s new episode:


  1. Roger
    San Diego
    April 23, 2012, 12:22 pm

    If you would like to see what is happening to the bluefin tuna in the Pacific just take a boat ride south out of San Diego. Just offshore from Mexico there are numerous Japanese purse seiners that work the waters there. These ships carry their own “spotting helicopers” and when the schools of bluefin are found are easily netted by their net setting boats. The whole school is pulled into the processor ship or sometimes held in floating pens offshore and hand fed until they reach a proper size for the market then shipped out.

  2. Zac
    June 6, 2015, 11:07 am

    What is the rainbow looking hat brand worn by one of the otts on the hot tuna?

  3. Chris
    February 24, 2016, 12:00 am

    What I wear is Greg Gibbs on the fishing vessel Kristiana wearing? Brand and what model

  4. Chris
    February 24, 2016, 12:01 am

    What eyewear? Sorry for the miss spell. .