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How Do You Choose Sunglasses for Fishing?

Sunglasses are typically the most overlooked tool you have that can help you score your next big catch. They simply do so much more than just protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

With a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses, you can see directly below the water to help you find the perfect spot filled with fish. However, there’s more to it than simply finding the cheapest pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses. Different lens colors make seeing into the water easier depending on the level of sunlight and time of day.

Here’s how you can decide which color lens will work best for your fishing needs.


Gray Lenses 

These offer the safest option that works well enough in most light levels and times of the day. While they’re rarely the perfect choice, this level of adaptability makes them one of the most popular choices for fishing.

Gray lenses provide a high level of contract making it easy for you to see what’s underneath the water without straining your eyes. They also closely resemble the view of the water without sunglasses making it an easy transition when you need to take them off. The only downside is they can make it difficult to see in low-light situations such as an overcast day or as the sunsets.


Amber Lenses

With a pair of Amber lens sunglasses, you’ll be able to see well into the water as the light changes throughout the day as clouds roll in or the sun rises or sets. They allow more light in than gray lenses, so it can get a bit bright during heavy sun days in the middle of the summer.

However, this makes them the perfect choice for any low-light fishing on overcast days or before the sun comes up. They’re one of the most popular choices for sight fishing in shallow water with the way they cut glare and provide high levels of contrast.


Yellow Lenses

While yellow lenses do not offer the flexibility of amber or gray lenses, they work better in low light scenarios. They allow more light in than any other option while still providing a high level of contrast. This makes them ideal for those early mornings when boating to your fishing spot before the sun rises or boating back after the sunset.

 However, in the middle of the day yellow lenses provide little protection and the glare can make it difficult to see your catches. These specialized lenses should stay reserved for those low light days with heavy overcast or sunrise and sunset fishing.


Blue Mirror Lenses

When you use blue mirror lenses, you never have to worry about too much sun blocking your vision. They provide a high level of protection blocking out almost any type of glare and light. Even with this high level of protection, they still offer a strong contrast to make it easy to see beneath the water.

This makes them perfect for deep-sea fishing on those sunny days. Blue mirror lenses offer the highest level of protection from the sun but can make it difficult to see in low levels of light. They also make a great choice for other outdoor activities throughout the entire summer.


Summing It All Up

To sum it all up, you want to pick the type of lenses based on the amount of light you fish in. If you want a one size fits all type of lens, you cannot go wrong with gray or amber lenses. Both of these colors work in almost any level of light with amber lenses working slightly better in low light conditions and gray lenses working slightly better in high light conditions.

Yellow lenses offer you the perfect solution for low light fishing or boating during heavy overcasts, before the sun rises, or after the sunsets. Blue mirror lenses offer the highest level of protection from the sunlight making them great for deep-sea fishing or in areas with high levels of sunlight. Picking the right lens for your fishing trip can make the difference between finding the perfect spot for your next big catch or leaving empty-handed.


Ocean Waves’ Fishing Sunglasses

When you’re looking for your next pair of fishing sunglasses, you cannot go wrong with Ocean Waves’ Jax Beach and Montana models. It was specifically designed with fishing in mind providing a comfortable fit and a high level of coverage. They’re available in a wide variety of lens colors, so you can choose which color fits your needs best.

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