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Best Glasses For Fishing: How To Choose | Bass Fishing

Best Glasses For Fishing: How To Choose | Bass Fishing

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with, and
today I want to talk to you about a tool that’s often not talked about. It is something that is vital to the success
of your fishing and yet most people don’t really put as much thought into them as you
would, say, your fishing gear such as you line, 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 glasses just 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 the glare 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 you tune 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 can come 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 miss them, 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 dive into really what the components and what you
need to look into to buy the right kind of glasses 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 copper tint. 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 whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside, rainy, what
have you, and it’s pretty year-around, all-around purpose. 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 for low-light conditions early morning, evening,
really cloudy days or say, for example, you’re sight 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 underneath the 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 the water. 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 in prescription, 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 down your 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 really good quality and the difference in clarity
between glass and polycarbonate has really come 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 these are actually industrial grade polycarbonate,
meaning…I talked earlier about objects coming at 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 flying right 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 polymer lenses 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 because of 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 because that’s critical. For me, you want the shape to prevent any
sort of light from getting inside your face or 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 your back, you’ve got the sun coming straight through
or light reflecting off the water and it will come through, hit the inside of your lens
and you get these bright flashes that are really 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 light getting in there, you get this closeup of
your eyeball that, again, it impedes, you know, the clarity and, you know, the see. So wraparound for me, it has to block the
light all the way around, including down here by my cheeks. Very, very important because, you know, when
we’re fishing, we’re looking down all day long, looking downward and any light coming
up, reflecting off the waters will get up underneath 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 the frame. So, what’s really important is for you to
try on a variety of different frames to see what 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 definitely try those on. The key thing here is that this is a tool
and you got to put as much thought into it as you would your rods and reels. I know some people don’t like the wraparound
design because they don’t like the looks of it. If you’re looking for a fashion show, get
yourself another pair of glasses that you wear off the water. That’s my best advice because when you’re
on the water, you need your equipment to work for 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 thing is what you want. One other thing, if you noticed, this is a
copper lens or copper mirror finish, they come 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 like today 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 certain bandwidth. And, in this case, it cuts down on some of
that bright sunshine when you’re fishing in freshwater. 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 seat after 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, glasses get 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 on them. 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, take the time to take care of them and they’re
going to last you as long as you take care of 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
out what glasses work best for you. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 comments on “Best Glasses For Fishing: How To Choose | Bass Fishing

  1. Thank you for a great video! I have always wondered what the difference in the color of the lenses was all about. Now I need to get some different lenses.

  2. Thanks Glenn, very informative. I’ve used Costa Sunglasses for years. Their warranty and repair programs are top notch. Your tip on the amber colored lens was spot on. I use them all times of the day and light conditions.

  3. While I agree that wrap-around sunglasses block the light really well, I have long eyelashes and the lenses are generally too close to my eyes and the lashes rub against the lenses.

  4. Thanks for the lesson on sunglasses. I've used mine for years and I love how they allow me to find fish underwater. I don't go anywhere without them. I've had the amber lens and didn't like them at all.

  5. In the past, any sunglasses that I had didn't fit well so I got tension headaches. In recent years my wife convinced me to try some others and now I hate fishing without them. Keep looking until you find ones that work for you.

  6. Great information on the color of the lens fresh versus salt water. I think I have been using the wrong color while saltwater fishing. I wear prescription which drives up the cost of sunglasses. But I think I will order up a pair of blue mirrored. Thanks for the information always great.

  7. I love using polarized glasses. Mine are prescription . It really takes the glare off the water.and makes everything more clear. Thanks for pointing out all the good reasons we should be wearing them on the water.

  8. informative video on the sunglasses, I knew most of it But being a disabled veteran on a small fixed income I cannot afford those $100. + sunglasses. I am now using Green mirrored/Amber Terminator UV400 sunglasses from Walmart for $20. they protect my eyes & cut down on the glare. I wish I could afford the good Wiley-X, Costa, etc.. for I know the quality is Much Better; just can't afford them, But Great video!

  9. love polarized glasses for fishing tho struggle to find a good pair that can go on normal glasses any suggestions on this please and thank you


  11. I recently purchased both colors for my wife and i at Cabelas for a really good price, i can't afford $100 glasses so i get what works for a deal

  12. Good advice. I'll have to get a pair of amber lenses. I've always just took my gray ones off in low light conditions.

  13. I don't go out without them, they have saved my sight from branches and lures. Granted the polarization is great for seeing under the surface, it will save your eyes from the possibility of cataracts later in life.

  14. I Love my WileyX's, great protection from both the sun and flying lures.I need to get more in the different color lens types. Eventually, lol.

  15. Cool video,Glenn. I always carry a few different pairs of glasses in the boat. From yellow lenses to gray lenses. A must have for sight fishing.

  16. Great information. I need prescription lenses and agree that glass lenses can get very uncomfortable over time.

  17. I usually get the cheap ones from Walmart. I recently bought a more expensive pair and I can't tell the difference.

  18. Thanks Glen. I can definitely relate to the Mach 8 returns. With my bum shoulder I have,… experiences.

  19. I buy fitovers for protection of my Rx glasses, I can't afford Rx sunglasses. I use amber lenses most of the time.

  20. Thanks for the info. I was just looking into upgrading my cheap Walmart sunglasses. Very helpful for my decision making process.

  21. glasses really help me see underwater structure much better.i like your tip about finding the right frame for your face

  22. I've caught so many fish of stumps and logs that I could just barely see under the water with my glasses. If it wasn't for polarized sunglasses I would have never caught those fish. You also make a good point about protecting your eyes from flying hooks and weights.

  23. What about the cost?! $90K bass boats, $1000 rod and reels, $10 to $20 hard baits, $125 and up polarized sunglasses, what's next $10 a piece Senkos? Commercial bass fishing is about selling product, not catching bass. You have to be upper middle class to bass fish these days from the commercial sales view, you used to catch the really big ones on a stout cane pole, nylon cord and chicken livers. Are you a bass fisherman or part of the machine?

  24. Just lost my old sunglasses this past weekend and needed a new pair. Was just about to order and then this video popped up on my feed! Went with grey lenses for an all around option! Thank you very much for the informational video!

  25. I use Costa with a prescription lenses. Saved me more than once with a ‘Mach 8’ lure bouncing off the lens.

  26. I have to wear glasses 24 7 but I always have the Polarized prescription ,mine are the polycarbonate and I see a lot more clearly fishing and driving

  27. Wearing prescription lens already anyone have some clip on recommendations for fishing. This is a great video on the benefits and even checked out the Wiley X options. Just trying to look at options rather than prescription sunglasses.

  28. Polycarbonates are excellent quality and light for full day of fishing. Just so expensive for a good pair.

  29. Great video. I shared it with my son so he can understand why I am always after him to wear his polarized suglasses. It explains not only the types an colors of lenses and frames, but also why you should use this tool.

  30. I usually wore dark ones but i have been told that amber will help at night, haven`t tried but aim to try

  31. I really agree about the wrap-around design. This is so key. I've had the sun glaring in the side and throws off my vision, not to mention bad rays getting in there. I need the type that go over my own prescription glasses.

  32. I have poly lenses relatively inexpensive cuz I can't afford the hi priced glasses & I also wear Rx eyesight glasses that are expensive, so I just get overalls to go on my Rx glasses. I have grey & brown/copper lenses & most always use the brown as they offer good all around water/sight penetration for me. Light does not penetrate around my glasses, so I'm good there they are a good fit. I do not need the glasses other than for when I fish as my Rx are transition lenses. They do not affect my polarized lenses…..

  33. I know guys who like Costa del Mar glass lenses, but they are expensive. I have thought of checking out Wiley X shades or solar bats.  I always thought amber or copper were easier on my eyes.  Also you need to protect your eyes when  fishing at night.

  34. At least they aren't 200+ dollars like some of the big names. I've been looking for another good pair. Thanks for the tip Glenn.

  35. I had a pair if wrap prescription glasses made for fishing 30 yeas ago, been relensed several times over the years, best money I ever spent.,

  36. i use Polarized prescription glasses they worked great until fighting a large bass they fell off and went to the deep i need to get a new pair lol

  37. Its hard to find glass that have readers on them. Limited to only a few frame and lens chooses. wish they had more to choose from I need them to see the eye on my hooks.

  38. i never used polarized sunglasses until last year and I never go fishing without them now! Never really paid attention to the material the lenses were made of, will definitely do some research next time I buy a new pair of glasses.

  39. Sunglasses are like a Leatherman it has multiple uses, to protect your eyes, from the sun and from flying hooks, and most importantly to find fish 😂

  40. Thanks for the info. Luckily my prescription glasses are polarized. It really does make a huge difference.

  41. Another excellent video. I've been told that the glasses with the green reflective surface and amber lenses are better at seeing into the water. I haven't tried them yet but plan on getting a pair. The ones I currently use are great for the sunlight but don't let me see structure or sight fish because they're dark. I also can't afford $100+ for sunglasses, but still very informative, as usual.

  42. I have to wear glasses to see better and for reading. Sunglasses have to fit over them. Have always worn sunglasses to fish as they helped me see the fish in the keys on the shallow flats.

  43. The shades, shape and color, should always be a part of your essentials. You wouldn't going fishing without a rod or without tackle, so don't go without shades. A+ vid.

  44. Agree everything that you said on sunglasses. However I wear prescription lens and none of the top brands like Costa, Maui and those brands cost around 600 dollars for me. I believe these companies are missing out in a lot of business by not supplying an over the glasses sunglasses. I would pay the 200 dollars for these if they were available. There are a lot of us out there! The best I found so far are the Cacoon sunglasses. Come on guys help yourselves out and us who wear prescription lens!

  45. I use the ones from Walmart luckily there are some pretty decent ones. Gonna have to try the Amber ones

  46. It is unreal how much Polarized glasses help and the yellows are great for running the boat in the early morning hours. Had to get prescription glasses in my old age being I can't wear contacts anymore. Thanks for another great video!

  47. Good advice. It took me a long time to realize the value of quality, polarized glassed for fishing. Now I have to find them with bifocals… LOL

  48. Yours may be over a hundred buck, but I use the 5 dollar ones from Wally Mart. Seem to work OK, but I should probably take your advise and invest in a better pair. Maybe you could review some cheapos for us budget bassresource fisherman?!!!

  49. good tips glen I am coing to buy some new sun glasses and you have answered my questions about know if they are polarized look at the back window of a FORD vehicle. window will have a blurred whitesh look.also when wearing with a lanyard swing your glasses to the back of your head while eating to avoid crumbs from landing in your glasses.  JOHN R COLEMAN

  50. I had a 3/4 oz weight drop out my box on front casting deck i didn't see, hit a bump doing over 60 and it came back right into my right lens. Scared crap out of me. I wear some type every time out now.
    My WX held up tiny scratch.
    Great video

  51. I always keep 3 pair of polarized sunglasses, and only polarized, on my boat. Also have some for just everyday use. Some are darker than others. I like the brown/Amber in all conditions. The darker the better. The darker they are, the farther in the water I can see. I don’t like the gray (only one pair) near as much as amber and amber seem to be harder to get. They are always sold out quickly. Best pair I have are dark amber mirrored. Maybe some ppls eyes are different. I’ve also had several ppl try the grays and ambers and once they look in the water, they grab the amber lens. I actually think yours are amber lol. At least that’s what I saw when you pulled them off.

  52. Next to sunscreen sunglasses are the most important tool in an anglers box of tricks. They not only protect the eyes from the suns rays and glare off the water they can protect the eyes from errant missiles. Like that crank bait when your hook suddenly lets go of a snag as described in the video. Sun glasses are a necessary tool to have.

  53. Gotta have em. I have 2 pairs and let my son wear whichever one I am not using that day. Used to think it was no big deal and would wear any old cheap pair but was gifted some Costa glasses. Game changer.

  54. Very well explained. I am 65yo and have had to wear corrective lenses since I was 16. Needless to say, I've learned a bit about the fit and quality of eyeglasses. Your info is spot on.

  55. Polarized lenses are a must for locating and targeting underwater structure even on overcast days. I never thought lens color had that much of an impact. I’ve got to get me some of those grey Wiley-X sunglasses for bright sunny days.

  56. In bass fishing, the importance of seeing beneath the surface for structure and fish is of course very important. If you wear prescription glasses, the lens themselves can intensify and magnify the suns rays. All the more reason to wear eye protection from the sun. Great video!!

  57. Use glass lenses for fishing sunglasses. The polycarbonate ones mentioned in the video scratch after use and become worthless.

  58. Sunglasses for eye protection is important as is a polarized glass for sight fishing. another good video.

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