Most fishermen would say that a few of the more important things to have for a good fishing experience is the right fishing rod, a proper fishing boat, or maybe even that one special lure that can always catch the perfect trophy fish. But one item that fishermen often undervalue is the right pair of sunglasses! When you’re out on the boat, reflective rays from the sun can come from the water, off another boat, or even from lures in the water. These rays aren’t just harmful to your eyes, but can easily distract you right when it matters most, letting yet another fish get away.
Polarized sunglasses work by eliminating the glare from horizontal sun rays that bounce off reflective surfaces. For fisherman especially, reflection off the water is enemy number one because it surrounds the boat from all angles. With a pair of polarized sunglasses, the water will look darker but more transparent compared to a pair of non-polarized sunglasses. This is a big advantage when fishing in shallow waters of lakes or flowing streams and rivers. There is no doubt that polarized fishing glasses will uncover fish under the water that otherwise would go undetected. So for the competitive fishermen, you’ll have the advantage of being able to “see” into the water.
If a competitive edge isn’t reason enough to purchase a pair of polarized glasses, they are also essential for the health of your eyes. Be sure to check that the polarized lenses are high-quality, and offer 100 percent UV protection. Polarized glasses can get pricey, but luckily there are many options to choose from to make your budget work. Look at glasses made from different materials like glass, polycarbonate, and acrylic. You will also want to test out glasses with different colored lenses like grey, copper, brown, and amber to see which option best suits you. After you’ve decided on a pair, it might be worth the extra few bucks to invest in a strap or a lanyard to avoid losing your fresh new shades in the lake.
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