Biting insects can ruin a day’s fishing. Insect repellents for fishing will save the day. The repellent needs to keep bugs away and not interfere with fishing. Scents can get on a lure or bait. The scent will deter a fish from biting at times. Using an unscented insect repellent is helpful but not always needed.
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The various repellents use different compounds to work. Some use Deet and others are organic. Each angler needs to make their own choice in the lotions or spray. Choose a repellent based on the area being fished. Does the area have a dense insect population or a few insects? What insects do you need protection from while fishing?
Also, some compounds are for clothing only. While others are used on the body. In some instances, using two repellents is the best option. Each angler needs to decide what will work effectively.
Insect repellents use several different chemicals for performance. Deet is well known, and other compounds are available. Choose a repellent based on the insects and how densely populated they are in the area. In some cases, two used together are needed for the best protection.
Maxi-Deet is a repellent for heavy insect-infested areas. It repels mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, gnats, and ticks. This product offers up to ten hours of protection. Also, a smaller amount is used for short periods and more for longer outings.
This is a low odor product. Having little scent is beneficial when fishing. The strong odor on some repellents will transfer to lures and baits. This will keep fish from striking the bait. The low odor properties make it a good choice.
- Great bug protection in high insect density areas with little odor
- Triple distilled DEET for low odor
- Provides up to 10 hours of protection
- Effective against ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, and more
- Especially effective in areas with dense bug concentrations
- Controlled release formula – effective by applying on clothes
Ben’s 100 MAX DEET Tick & Insect Repellent
Ben’s is a water-based fragrance-free insect repellent. Water-based lotions prevent oily residue. Being fragrance-free eliminates odor transmission on to the lure or bait. Ben’s repels ticks and insects that may carry West Nile, Lyme disease, Malaria, and other infectious diseases.
Use in high-density insect areas. If walking through weeds this is a good choice. The small pump spray bottle fits into a pocket for convenience. The ten-hour protection is beneficial for long days walking shorelines.
- Fragrance-free tick and insect repellent
- Maximum DEET formula – for areas with high bug density and intense biting activity
- Repels ticks and insects that may carry West Nile, Lyme disease, Malaria, and other infectious diseases
- Delivers up to 10 hours of effective protection
- Water-based formula stays on skin’s surface rather than being absorbed – evaporates slowly
- Convenient 1.25 oz. pump spray bottle fits anywhere
Sawyer Premium 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
A spray is safer for gear and clothing. The makers claim it will not harm fabrics. Test a small area to ensure the claim is true if using on clothing or gear. Effective up to 8 hours making it good for long outings. The repellent is better than Deet for biting flies.
Strong chemical repellents are best used on clothing. Add a safer spray on the body for complete coverage. The compound has a pleasant citrus smell while applying. In a few minutes, the odor dissipates. Insect repellents with Picaridan are good for fishing.
- Insect repellent for anglers and other outdoors-men
- Effective up to 8 hours against mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and fleas
- Similar insect repelling performance as DEET yet safer on gear and equipment
- Does not harm camping or hunting gear
- Picaridin is more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET
Sawyer Permeation Premium Insect Repellent
Permeation is for use on clothing and gear. Do Not Apply to Skin. This is for the long term protection of various gear. Spray onto fishing vests, tackle bags, and other outdoor gear. Use a repellent suitable for use on skin in addition to achieving maximum protection.
If using on clothing spray the Permeation on clothes. Allow the compound to dry before wearing. Although the active ingredient is considered non-toxic. Err on the side of safety using strong insect repellents. Some chemicals will cause skin irritation.
- Odorless repellent for clothing, tents, sleeping bags and gear bags
- Lasts up to 6 washings
- Repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites and 55 other insects
- Active ingredient Permethrin is non-toxic to humans
- 24-oz. spray trigger bottle
Coleman Skinsmart DEET-Free Insect Repellent
An odorless repellent ideal for fishing. Having no odor means it cannot transmit to the lures. The formula is also non-sticky. The repellent is in a convenient aerosol spray for easy application. It comes with a twist-lock cap to prevent accidental spraying.
The compound is Deet free. Yet delivers up to 8 hours of protection. This spray is good for areas without dense insects. Use the Skinsmart with the clothing applied formulas for maximum protection.
- Odorless, non-sticky, and effective aerosol insect repellent
- Uses IR3535 – #1 insect repellent in Europe for 20+ years
- Provides complete protection from mosquitoes and ticks for up to 8 hours
- Twist locking cap – sprays at any angle
Coleman Botanicals Insect Repellent
A plant-based repellent for health-conscious individuals. The mixture of botanicals provides up to 6 hours of protection. It contains only plant-based compounds. Use with clothing applied repellent for areas with heavy insect populations.
The oil of lemon eucalyptus will repel insects. The drawback is the scent. The scent is pleasant smelling to humans but likely will seem not natural to fish. This will work but applying to hands will make the smell transfer to lures.
- 100% natural, plant-based insect repellent
- Repels mosquitoes and ticks for up to 6 hours
- DEET-free – uses Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
- Non-greasy, pleasantly fragranced formula
- Easy-to-pack and use 4 oz. pump spray bottle
Insects can create problems while fishing. A good repellent will prevent insects from bothering you. Choose a repellent based on insect density, type of insects, and chemical formula. A few are milder on the skin for sensitive people. Some are used on clothing to provide better protection. Anglers need to decide which formulas work best for their situation.
Anglers need to think of repellents as part of the first aid kit. Preventing bites is better than treating the problem afterward. Biting insects cause discomfort and possible toxic reactions. In other words, some carry disease and poisons.