Riders of the Storm

Don’t Let Bad Weather Keep You off the Bite

Capt. Mike Genoun December 28, 2015

We’ve all seen Discovery Channel’s hit series Deadliest Catch, where heroic commercial fishermen battle gale force winds, mountainous waves and bone-chilling temperatures…all for the sake of the almighty king crab. Fortunately, Florida fishermen never face such extreme conditions. Situated much closer to the equator, we enjoy a tropical climate but still see our fair share of rapidly deteriorating weather and sea conditions.

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Helly Hansen: Lerwick

Nearly 365 days a year, rain showers develop somewhere around our great state. Additionally, from coast to coast predictable afternoon thunderstorms are expected and deliver driving rain, gusty winds and rapid drops in air temperature. Then there are occasions when helmsmen navigating to and from fertile fishing grounds are left with no option but to run hard into a choppy head sea complicated by a stiff breeze and unavoidable spray. The bottom line is that if you fish and boat in Florida, you are going to get wet!

To beat big game on their own terms, one must conquer the elements.

It’s during adverse conditions when captain and crew find foul weather gear to be essential equipment that should never be left behind. And although it’s unfortunate those brave souls fishing the Bering Sea have to rely on multiple layers of storm protection, local anglers typically turn to a lightweight rain jacket as a primary means of staying dry and comfortable in the humid conditions. Luckily there is a waterproof, windproof and breathable rain jacket for every budget and style.

Thinking about it, foul weather gear is something you don’t pay much attention to until you need it, at which point it’s too late to wish you made a wiser purchasing decision. Next time you need to thoroughly consider a variety of factors. Budget is a big one, but you should also scrutinize construction and fit. The garment must be durable and protect you from the elements, but also be comfortable enough to wear for extended periods. Adjustability is key.

Seams are weak points in any foul weather jacket and can part under severe stress. Stitched seams result in stronger jackets, but stitches create tiny holes where moisture can penetrate. To seal the holes, manufacturers tape and weld seams to prevent leakage. If you’re serious about staying dry, then purchase a product with reinforced and sealed seams. Zippers are another weak point prone to failure. This is where storm flaps protecting the zippers provide an additional barrier against rain, wind and unrelenting saltwater spray.

When purchasing any outdoor accessory, smart shoppers should do their homework before making a final decision. Choose carefully and enjoy your time on the water under adverse conditions.

Helly Hansen: Lerwick

MSRP: $125.00
Website: hellyhansen.com
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
Colors: Essential Yellow (shown), Soil Green, Tech Navy, Black
Weight: 36 oz. (XXL)
Hood: Attached hood w/ visor bill and draw cord
Features: 100% Waterproof, Lightweight, Full Stretch, Welded Seams, Welded-On Front Hand Pockets, Inner Liner, Adjustable Cuffs, Storm Flap, Mechanical Venting Back

Columbia: EvaPOURation

MSRP: $99.99-$109.99
Website: columbia.com
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL
Colors: Hyper Blue (shown), Bright Red, Black, Green, Tangy Orange, Hi-Vis Yellow, Collegiate Navy, Columbia Grey
Weight: 20 oz. (XL)
Hood: Adjustable hood with easy access draw cords
Features: 100% Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Sealed Seams, Underarm Venting, Covered Zipper Hand Pockets, Adjustable Hem, Adjustable Elastic Cuffs

GAGE: Weather Watch

MSRP: $62.55-$74.35
Website: grundens.com
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL
Colors: Glacier Blue (shown), Red, Black, Green, Hi-Vis Yellow, Navy
Weight: 20 oz. (XL)
Hood: Adjustable hood with easy access draw cords
Features: 100% Waterproof, Breathable, Adjustable Drop Tail Hem, Fully Taped Seams, Covered Zipper Hand Pockets, Internal Mesh Pockets, Adjustable Cuffs, Front Zipper w/ Double Storm Flap

Mojo: Hydro Block

MSRP: $169.99
Website: mojo-gear.com
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Colors: Black (shown), Blue
Weight: 30 oz. (XL)
Hood: Zip-off/pack-away adjustable hood with concealed draw cord
Features: 100% Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Taped Seams, Zippered Hand Pockets, Zippered Exterior Chest Pocket, Interior Pocket, Adjustable Cuffs, Adjustable Hem

Under Armour: Admiral

MSRP: $199.99
Website: ua.com
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Colors: Solder (shown), Stoneleigh Taupe
Weight: 28 oz. (XL)
Hood: Adjustable hood with concealed draw cord
Features: 100% Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Taped Seams, Mesh Lining, Adjustable Hem, Covered Zipper Hand Pockets,Exterior Chest Pocket, Three Interior Pockets, Adjustable Cuffs, Exterior Lanyard Clip

Huk: PVC

MSRP: $89.99
Website: hukgear.com
Sizes: M, L, XL, 2XL
Colors: Yellow Weight: 45 oz. (XL)
Hood: Attached hood w/ visor bill and draw cord
Features: 100% Waterproof, Inner Neoprene Storm Cuffs, Drop Tail Hem, Highly Visible Reflective Tape, Welded Seams, Double Storm Flap

Gill: IN31 Inshore Lite

MSRP: $165.00
Website: gillfishing.com
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Colors: Navy/Silver Gray (shown), Red/Graphite, Yellow/Graphite
Weight: 26 oz. (L)
Hood: Rollaway hood with two-way volume adjustment
Features: 100% Waterproof, Breathable Covered Zipper Hand Pockets, Internal Zippered Security Pocket, Mesh Lining Zipper Storm Guard, Adjustable Cuffs, Adjustable Drop Tail Hem, Fully Taped Seams

Bluefin USA: Summer

MSRP: $89.00
Website: bluefinusa.com
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Colors: Red (shown), Navy, Black, White, Beige, Silver Ice
Weight: 16 oz. (L)
Hood: N/A
Features: Waterproof Nylon Shell, Polyurethane Backing, Polyester Mesh Lining, Built-In UPF50, Breathable, Anti-Microbial, Ultra Lightweight, Fast Drying, Internal Ghost Pocket, Covered Zipper Hand Pockets, Adjustable Cuffs, No-Slide Rubber Waist

The North Face: Women’s Venture

MSRP: $99.00-$119.00
Website: thenorthface.com
Women’s Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Colors: White (shown)
Mid Grey Heather, Fortuna Blue
Magic Magenta, Surreal
Green, Tomato Red, Black, Hamachi Yellow, Emberglow Orange, Glo Pink, Clear Lake Blue
Weight: 9 oz. (S)
Hood: Fully adjustable hood with concealed draw cord
Features: 100% Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Sealed Seams, Brushed Chin Guard Lining, Center Front Zip With Velcro Closure, Pit-Zip Vents, Covered Zipper, Hand Pockets, Two Interior Pockets, Adjustable Cuffs, Adjustable Hem

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