Best Glasses For Fishing: How To Choose | Bass Fishing

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com, and
today I want to talk to you about a tool that’soften not talked about. It is something that is vital to the success
of your fishing and yet most people don’treally put as much thought into them as you
would, 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 variety
of things for you on the water. Obviously, they protect your eyes from the
sun such as the harmful UVA and UVB rays,which, you know, if you guys are out on the
water all the time, you need to have glassesjust to protect your eyes. I mean, you’re wearing sunscreen or you’re
wearing the buffs, I’m wearing sunscreen today,you have to do that to protect yourself. You’ve got to protect your eyes too, even
when it’s cloudy out. But they do more than that. Polarized sunglasses allow you to look in
the 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, plus
the baitfish activity, and it will help youtune in to what’s going on underwater and
help 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 end
up hooking on something. You yank on it and guess what?You’ve got this lure coming back at you, at
mach 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 at
the surface and you set the hook and you missthem, here comes that lure. Well, these glasses here can protect your
eyes from getting a hook in them. So, there’s a variety of things that you. . . reasons
why you should get glasses, but let’s diveinto really what the components and what you
need to look into to buy the right kind ofglasses for you that’s going to last you for
a long time. Starting with the lenses. The lenses themselves are basically two different
colors you can get them in. One is this gray and the other shade is an
amber or, kind of, an orange, or a coppertint. The amber or the gray ones, that’s what these
are. The gray tint is, kind of, your universal,
all-around. If you can only get one pair of glasses, that’s
the shade you can get because it works whetherit’s sunny or cloudy outside, rainy, what
have you, and it’s pretty year-around, all-aroundpurpose. Bright sunny days is really what they’re best
for but they work all around. The amber ones or the copper ones, those are
kind 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 really
brings a lot of contrast to the items underneaththe water and you can see them better. So, it really helps you in those darker days
to 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’s
advantages and disadvantages to both. And the glass traditionally has been the best
as far as clarity. They’ve, obviously, been around for a long
time. 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’re
heavy. Over the course of a day of fishing, that
can weigh on you. I mean, if you’re fishing on a hot summer
day, the weight of the glasses can slide downyour nose and just constantly you’re messing
with them all day along. The weight of it can also wear down on your
nose and actually become uncomfortable. Polycarbonate lenses, on the other hand, are
a lot lighter, so they don’t do that. The newer ones, in the last couple of years
that have come out, they’re actually reallygood quality and the difference in clarity
between glass and polycarbonate has reallycome together quickly. The polycarbonate, even the curved ones, they
are really distortion free these days. They’ve done really, really well. So, they have really good clarity and they’re
not 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 most
conditions as something like a jig comes flyingright back at your eye, it’s actually going
to 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 really
like polycarbonate a lot better. But let’s talk a little bit about the frames
themselves. Again, they come in different materials, primarily
metal 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 potentially
not 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 would
give me a headache by the end of the day becauseof all the weight on the bridge of my nose
and 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 just
super light. I don’t even know I’ll have them on all day
long. The cool thing about, also, this type of material
is 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 think
about when you’re getting the shape becausethat’s critical. For me, you want the shape to prevent any
sort 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, so
most glasses don’t fit me right. They’re too wide and when you have them too
wide, say, for example, the sun is at yourback, you’ve got the sun coming straight through
or light reflecting off the water and it willcome through, hit the inside of your lens
and you get these bright flashes that arereally annoying, very distracting, and it’s
hard to see. And even if you don’t have bright light going
in there, if you have a little bit of lightgetting in there, you get this closeup of
your eyeball that, again, it impedes, youknow, the clarity and, you know, the see. So wraparound for me, it has to block the
light all the way around, including down hereby my cheeks. Very, very important because, you know, when
we’re fishing, we’re looking down all daylong, looking downward and any light coming
up, 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 lights
of 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 to
try on a variety of different frames to seewhat fits you best. The Wiley brand, I think they have 40 different
frames to fit a variety of different faces. So that’s what I would go with and that’s
what I’m most familiar with. But there’s, you know, other manufacturers
too that make different frame sizes, so definitelytry those on. The key thing here is that this is a tool
and you got to put as much thought into itas you would your rods and reels. I know some people don’t like the wraparound
design because they don’t like the looks ofit. If you’re looking for a fashion show, get
yourself another pair of glasses that youwear off the water. That’s my best advice because when you’re
on the water, you need your equipment to workfor you in order for you to catch more fish. The wraparound design is to kind of block
the light on the side here, that sort of thingis what you want. One other thing, if you noticed, this is a
copper lens or copper mirror finish, theycome in all kinds of finishes. I’ve seen green, blue, amber, there’s all
kinds of different. . . I like the copper. This is a gray shade with copper lens that
is best suited for bright sunny days liketoday and you’re fishing in shallow water. What the lenses do, the mirrored lenses cut
out a certain bandwidth of light. Not a lot. It doesn’t like eliminate it, but it reduces
the amount of light coming in of a certainbandwidth. And, in this case, it cuts down on some of
that bright sunshine when you’re fishing infreshwater. Saltwater, you’re out with nothing but water
all around. You don’t have land like this. And so, there’s a lot of blue rays. So, a blue-mirrored finish actually is better
for saltwater fishing. You don’t have to look in shallow water there
either. But this is what I like best for fishing in
shallow water. Last thing I want to talk about is a little
bit about care. Most glasses like this come with a lanyard. And you can also buy lanyards aftermarket
but 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 them
or 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 couple
of years ago because these, you know, glassesget expensive. They’re over 100 bucks, so you want to take
care of them. They usually come with a case, put them in
the case when you’re done with them. So, again, you don’t accidentally step on
them or crushing them putting something onthem. They usually have a soft cloth to keep them
clean, definitely use that soft cloth. Don’t use any cloth because you could scratch
the lens, a little bit of care. It’s simple, basic stuff, guys. A lot of us don’t do it, but when you’re spending
over 100 bucks on a pair of glasses, takethe time to take care of them and they’re
going to last you as long as you take careof them. I have a pair of glasses that’s over 30 years
old now that I use for driving my truck now,but they will last you if you take care of
them. Anyway, I hope that really helps you figure
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