Sunglasses Improve FishingSunglasses Improve Fishing What could possibly be the benefit to wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day? Find out why inside.
By John Brady
Ask any angler what the most important tool in a fisherman's arsenal is, and they'll inadvertently answer incorrectly every time. Some anglers will say it's their line, some their hooks and others may say it's their rod or reel. While all of these are definitely important tools for catching fish, none of these would be what many professional anglers consider to be the most important.
What is it you ask? It's sunglasses. But not just any kind of sunglasses, polarized sunglasses.
Although at times some of the best fishing can be had during adverse weather or low light conditions, most of our fishing is done in the daytime when the sun is present. Wearing sunglasses has several advantages, some of which may not be readily apparent.
Glare is the main reason for wearing polarized sunglasses. Even during partly cloudy days, or even if the sun is not out at all during some overcast conditions, there can still be an extreme amount of glare coming off the water posed to fisherman that can cause headaches and/or strain on the eyes.
Another good reason for wearing polarized sunglasses is to help improve your fishing skills. Since polarized sunglasses eliminate glare. They will also allow you to see what is under the water more clearly. Let me share an experience with you that I think will demonstrate this.
Several years ago, a friend and I, on our first trip to famous Lake Okeechobee in Florida, arrived to find that the best fishing pattern for catching big bass was sight fishing in shallow water. This sight fishing technique consisted of slowly maneuvering the boat through the shallows looking for bass holding in open pockets of vegetation. Then make a soft pitch with a plastic crawfish into the pockets trying to get the bait in front of and as close to the bass as possible. Of course, to get the bait right in front of the bass, you had to see it.
As we were fishing, my partner kept complaining that he couldn't see down into the water. At first, we thought it was due to the fact that he was not familiar with this type of fishing. Eventually, though, we found out what the real problem was. although my partner was wearing sunglasses they weren't polarized.
That evening at the marina, he picked out a new pair of sunglasses that had polarized lenses in them.
The next day, it was clear from the start that my partner could see much further under the surface of the water than he could the previous day. He was able to spot the holes in the vegetation, and see the bass quicker than before. He continued to comment about the difference throughout the day.
Even if you're not a fisherman, polarized sunglasses will help to protect your eyes when outdoors especially when on the water. And not all sunglasses are created equal, no matter how much you pay for them. If they don't say they're polarized, they're not.
So if you don't have a good pair of polarized sunglasses in your fishing tackle arsenal, you're not seeing clearly, and you may be missing the bigger picture. Take the time to check yours before you go out again. It could make the difference between having just another day on the water or having a day to remember for a lifetime. And you'll be protecting your eyes in the process.
Remember "they call it fishing, but the goal is catching!"