Fishing For Sunglasses: The perfect pair for a day in the water

Jan 17, 2013 Olympic Eyewear


So one day a man gets into the seafood section of the market and tells the man at the counter, "Quick, wrap that fish and toss it over to me!" Puzzled, the fish vendor asks, "Why would I do such a thing?" and the man replied, "So I can tell my wife I caught it."

Well, for avid fisherman, the thrill of fishing is not just about catching the fish. It's enjoying the peace and quiet while waiting for a bite, the chance to sit back with a beer and wrestling and outmaneuvering the lured fish until you are able to reel it in.

Fishing (whether this be deep sea fishing, fly fishing, fresh water fishing, fishing the flats or pier fishing) is an all-consuming passion for some. If you are into fishing, you should remember this: always wear your sunglasses.  It's as necessary as your fishing rod and other fishing implements.

Fishing involves a lot of setting up and waiting – all in the outdoors. This means extended exposure to the sunlight – and all its harmful rays that can damage the eyes. The damage from the sun not only comes from direct exposure, but also from the reflection of the sunlight by the water (which even intensifies the damage of the UV rays).

When looking for cheap wholesale sunglasses that you can take fishing, here are some things you should look for:

Protection. Check if the pair of cheap designer sunglasses provides UVA/UVB 400 protection to ensure that your eyes don't get too exposed to the sun. Extended sun exposure can lead to eye conditions such as sunburn of the cornea, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Polarization. Polarized sunglasses can also help to ensure that you catch more fish!  With polarized sunglasses, you cut down on glare that gets in the way of your seeing things clearly. You don't have to squint and strain your eyes and you can also see the fish, as well as other obstructions such as logs, rocks and stumps. You should also consider lenses that are equipped with a back surface anti-reflective coating, as this eliminates glare further by minimizing the light that is reflected away from the lens.

Wrap-around type. This provides unhampered peripheral vision. Choose sunglasses that don't hamper your vision so that you can see other boats speeding by.  Wrap-around sunglasses also protect from wind burn and dust.

Fit and comfort. Your fishing sunglasses should be lightweight, and not pinch, especially on the sides and the bridge of the nose. Remember, you will spend hours wearing this outdoors. Another reason why fit is an important consideration is that you don't want your sunglasses from slipping and sliding down your nose. They should provide a comfy and secure fit – not too tight but also not too lose.

Durability. Select a pair of designer wholesale sunglasses that will last you a long time, one that will not easily fade when exposed to salt-water and sweat. These should also have water and sweat repelling lenses so that the lenses don't fog up and obstruct your sight. The sunglasses should also be able to float when dropped in the water.

Lens Color. Green lenses are not ideal for fishing, as they don't make it easier for you to spot fish underwater. There simply isn't enough contrast to do this. The lens color ideal for fishing would be:

  • Yellow or light brown lenses (for overcast days)
  • Dark brown lenses (for bright sunlight)
  • Copper lenses (for shallows fishing)
  • Gray lenses (for offshore angling)

You can also go for photochromic lenses that adjust with the brightness of the sunlight.

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