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Protection from sun is a must

April 3, 2010

The heat and summer sun are right around the corner and your body's largest organ soon will take a beating. Skin protection is something that many folks don't take very seriously till it's too late.

Ang-lers get a double dose of sun due to reflection off the water and most of what we wear are designed to give overhead protection, but not reflected light from below.

Fishing guides receive intense and prolonged UVA/UVB exposure and most now cover themselves from head to foot. Long sleeves, long pants, sun gloves, even full face masks as well as the standard big hat and sunglasses now are the norm.

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Capt. George Tunison

One part of the face that really gets more than its share of radiation and windburn is the nose. Even with a good hat the nose remains unprotected. A good friend and long time Florida Keys guide recently lost half his nose to skin cancer.

Since I don't care for full face masks or "socks" and my nose always takes a beating, I have been searching for a nose protection product. I found a company on the internet and after giving their nose protector a try this past week, I am sold on the product.

It simply attaches to the bridge of your sunglasses with a small Velcro strap covering the nose perfectly. It is lightweight, comfortable, breathable, reasonably priced, stays in place at speeds over 60 mph, and after 30 minutes I forgot I was wearing it.

The product can be dipped in water for a cooling effect and will float your sunglasses if they fall in the water. Go to Highly recommended.

Besides liberal use of sun blocking lotions, reapplied every couple of hours, protect your eyes with the best quality sunglasses you can afford. This is not one product to try and save money on. Quality glasses are not cheap, but worth every penny. When choosing fishing glasses always remember to get ones that offer full side sun protection as well as UVA/UVB quality lenses.

While water temperatures rise into the magical 70s, fishing continues to improve. This past week trout, redfish and ladyfish have been biting well and the reds are getting bigger. Clients are taking trout on the deeper grass flats as well in the canal systems. Last week there were 100-plus trout days in deeper canals and basins in Cape Coral. I have been finding reds in north Matlacha Pass on the eastern side in very thin water. These fish are all relating to the mangroves. Live bait and dead bait is working as well as gold spoons.

Trout are being caught on standard popping corks and live shrimp, casted shrimp on small jigheads, plastics on jigheads, especially D.O.A's, as well as on a fly rod. The fly rod has been very effective for these trout using small streamers in yellow or white with some Mylar or other flashy materials tied in. I like Seducers or Clousers for this fishing depending on depth. Using smaller fly rods is recommended for this fishing. I like to use my 3 wt. (wind conditions permitting of course), but a 3-6 wt. is recommend.

Shallow water reds are taking shrimp on jigheads casted and crawled in the deeper holes or still-fished with shrimp, pinfish or ladyfish chunks. As the day warms up we are switching to gold spoons and targeting points with some current as well as blind casting mangrove shorelines.

Right now 20-pound fluorocarbon leaders are putting fish on the hook when casting spoons. I also recommend using tiny, yet ultra-strong Spro swivels to connect your leader to your main line. It doesn't solve line twist issues, but greatly helps with the problem. Do not use big swivels.

Please gently release all fish not headed for the pan.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at, or Flying Fins Sportfishing.



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