Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com, andtoday I want to talk to you about a tool that’soften not talked about. It is something that is vital to the successof your fishing and yet most people don’treally put as much thought into them as youwould, say, your fishing gear such as youline, your reels, your rod, that sort of thing. That is your sunglasses. These, right here. Fishing sunglasses, the right kind do a varietyof things for you on the water. Obviously, they protect your eyes from thesun such as the harmful UVA and UVB rays,which, you know, if you guys are out on thewater all the time, you need to have glassesjust to protect your eyes. I mean, you’re wearing sunscreen or you’rewearing the buffs, I’m wearing sunscreen today,you have to do that to protect yourself. You’ve got to protect your eyes too, evenwhen it’s cloudy out. But they do more than that. Polarized sunglasses allow you to look inthe water and that’s because they cut theglare down, the reflection down in the water,and you can see fish-holding structure. You can see rock piles. You can see logs. You can see weed lines. You can see pockets in the weeds, for example,in milfoil. And you can see under docks. It allows you to see what’s going on, plusthe baitfish activity, and it will help youtune in to what’s going on underwater andhelp you catch more fish that way. Also, they protect your eyes from objects. You know what I mean?We’ve fished enough times, so we know we endup hooking on something. You yank on it and guess what?You’ve got this lure coming back at you, atmach 80 with a bunch of hooks in it, it cancome right back at your face. Or a fish strikes a lure and it’s right atthe surface and you set the hook and you missthem, here comes that lure. Well, these glasses here can protect youreyes from getting a hook in them. So, there’s a variety of things that you. . . reasonswhy you should get glasses, but let’s diveinto really what the components and what youneed to look into to buy the right kind ofglasses for you that’s going to last you fora long time. Starting with the lenses. The lenses themselves are basically two differentcolors you can get them in. One is this gray and the other shade is anamber or, kind of, an orange, or a coppertint. The amber or the gray ones, that’s what theseare. The gray tint is, kind of, your universal,all-around. If you can only get one pair of glasses, that’sthe shade you can get because it works whetherit’s sunny or cloudy outside, rainy, whathave you, and it’s pretty year-around, all-aroundpurpose. Bright sunny days is really what they’re bestfor but they work all around. The amber ones or the copper ones, those arekind of a specialty but those are really forlow-light conditions early morning, evening,really cloudy days or say, for example, you’resight fishing. What they do is will give you the contrast. When you’re looking under water, it reallybrings a lot of contrast to the items underneaththe water and you can see them better. So, it really helps you in those darker daysto be able to see what’s going on under thewater. More about lenses, they come in, basically,two different materials. There’s glass and polycarbonate and there’sadvantages and disadvantages to both. And the glass traditionally has been the bestas far as clarity. They’ve, obviously, been around for a longtime. They’re very clear. They offer greater visibility underwater,to a certain extent and you can get them inprescription, different ranges of prescriptions,a lot easier than you could polycarbonate. The problem with glass lenses is that they’reheavy. Over the course of a day of fishing, thatcan weigh on you. I mean, if you’re fishing on a hot summerday, the weight of the glasses can slide downyour nose and just constantly you’re messingwith them all day along. The weight of it can also wear down on yournose and actually become uncomfortable. Polycarbonate lenses, on the other hand, area lot lighter, so they don’t do that. The newer ones, in the last couple of yearsthat have come out, they’re actually reallygood quality and the difference in claritybetween glass and polycarbonate has reallycome together quickly. The polycarbonate, even the curved ones, theyare really distortion free these days. They’ve done really, really well. So, they have really good clarity and they’renot as expensive as glass. That’s another reason why they’re really good. The polycarbonate, this specifically one,these ones here are from Wiley X and theseare actually industrial grade polycarbonate,meaning. . . I talked earlier about objects comingat your eyes, it’s actually like a shop glasses. It won’t shatter, it won’t break under mostconditions as something like a jig comes flyingright back at your eye, it’s actually goingto protect your eyes. Whereas glass, depending on the manufacturer,it can shatter or crack. That could be a problem near your eyes. So, this was one of the reasons why I reallylike polycarbonate a lot better. But let’s talk a little bit about the framesthemselves. Again, they come in different materials, primarilymetal or, you know, polymer. Metal has its benefits. It’s more durable. It doesn’t bend as much. You can accidentally sit on them and potentiallynot damage them as you might with the polymerlenses or glasses but they’re also heavy. And if you have a metal frame with glass that. . . actually,it’s given me headaches. I used to have glasses like that and it wouldgive me a headache by the end of the day becauseof all the weight on the bridge of my noseand on my ears. My ears would start to hurt after a while. So, these are nice and lightweight. These are called the Tide glasses. I really do like them because they’re justsuper light. I don’t even know I’ll have them on all daylong. The cool thing about, also, this type of materialis the shape. As you can see, this is a wraparound design. This is called the Tide, if you want to know. But there are some important things to thinkabout when you’re getting the shape becausethat’s critical. For me, you want the shape to prevent anysort of light from getting inside your faceor in inside the glenses. Anything that’s not coming through the lens,you want to block out, completely block out. And that’s what the wraparound design does,it completely blocks out the light. Even more so though, it has to fit your face. I have, kind of, a small, narrow face, somost glasses don’t fit me right. They’re too wide and when you have them toowide, say, for example, the sun is at yourback, you’ve got the sun coming straight throughor light reflecting off the water and it willcome through, hit the inside of your lensand you get these bright flashes that arereally annoying, very distracting, and it’shard to see. And even if you don’t have bright light goingin there, if you have a little bit of lightgetting in there, you get this closeup ofyour eyeball that, again, it impedes, youknow, the clarity and, you know, the see. So wraparound for me, it has to block thelight all the way around, including down hereby my cheeks. Very, very important because, you know, whenwe’re fishing, we’re looking down all daylong, looking downward and any light comingup, reflecting off the waters will get upunderneath the bottom of the glasses and can,again, get in the way of you seeing things. It could almost blind you, this flashing lightsof ripples off the water. For some people, the way their face is shaped,the light can come through the top of theframe. So, what’s really important is for you totry on a variety of different frames to seewhat fits you best. The Wiley brand, I think they have 40 differentframes to fit a variety of different faces. So that’s what I would go with and that’swhat I’m most familiar with. But there’s, you know, other manufacturerstoo that make different frame sizes, so definitelytry those on. The key thing here is that this is a tooland you got to put as much thought into itas you would your rods and reels. I know some people don’t like the wraparounddesign because they don’t like the looks ofit. If you’re looking for a fashion show, getyourself another pair of glasses that youwear off the water. That’s my best advice because when you’reon the water, you need your equipment to workfor you in order for you to catch more fish. The wraparound design is to kind of blockthe light on the side here, that sort of thingis what you want. One other thing, if you noticed, this is acopper lens or copper mirror finish, theycome in all kinds of finishes. I’ve seen green, blue, amber, there’s allkinds of different. . . I like the copper. This is a gray shade with copper lens thatis best suited for bright sunny days liketoday and you’re fishing in shallow water. What the lenses do, the mirrored lenses cutout a certain bandwidth of light. Not a lot. It doesn’t like eliminate it, but it reducesthe amount of light coming in of a certainbandwidth. And, in this case, it cuts down on some ofthat bright sunshine when you’re fishing infreshwater. Saltwater, you’re out with nothing but waterall around. You don’t have land like this. And so, there’s a lot of blue rays. So, a blue-mirrored finish actually is betterfor saltwater fishing. You don’t have to look in shallow water thereeither. But this is what I like best for fishing inshallow water. Last thing I want to talk about is a littlebit about care. Most glasses like this come with a lanyard. And you can also buy lanyards aftermarketbut use them. Definitely use them. I know you, you drop them, you misplace them,you lose them, you put them down on your seatafter you caught a fish and then guess what?You either to sit down on them and break themor you can step on them. The lanyards or free, use them. It took me a while to get used to mine. I didn’t start using a lanyard until a coupleof years ago because these, you know, glassesget expensive. They’re over 100 bucks, so you want to takecare of them. They usually come with a case, put them inthe case when you’re done with them. So, again, you don’t accidentally step onthem or crushing them putting something onthem. They usually have a soft cloth to keep themclean, definitely use that soft cloth. Don’t use any cloth because you could scratchthe lens, a little bit of care. It’s simple, basic stuff, guys. A lot of us don’t do it, but when you’re spendingover 100 bucks on a pair of glasses, takethe time to take care of them and they’regoing to last you as long as you take careof them. I have a pair of glasses that’s over 30 yearsold now that I use for driving my truck now,but they will last you if you take care ofthem. Anyway, I hope that really helps you figureout what glasses work best for you. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.