Fishing charter eye & skin care: Sunglasses

Fishing Captains own some of the best sunglasses ever made. Why? Because they know the benefits and the protection that comes from a good pair of shades. Open water fishing makes the sun a hazard of the workplace everyday. So if you want advice on what type of sunglasses to wear, a Captain can tell you!

There are several factors that you should know when choosing a pair of sunglasses for use on the open water.

Water reflects the sun:

As you fish you spend a lot of time looking from the water to the rod tip, the rod tip is up, the water is down, and both put your eyes in compromising positions. The water acts like a mirror and many of the suns harmful rays will reflect into your eyes. This means your eyes are under constant barrage from the sun, and sunglasses are your best line of defense.

Cheap sunglasses can damage your eyes:

Simply darkening glass and placing it between your eyes and the sun does little to protect against UV rays that penetrate cheap lenses. Therefore it's essential to invest in a good pair of sunglasses. Not just for the fishing trip, but for daily use in general. When you buy the low priced gas station bargain glasses, make certain that they protect against all forms of UV rays. Because the dark tinted glasses make your pupils dilate, the part of your eye that allows the bad rays in gets larger, so by wearing cheap sunglasses you are actually doing more eye damage than if you weren't wearing any at all! When you don't wear glasses your eyes squint, and pupils shrink to assure that less of the light rays sneak in. This causes headaches, and eye fatigue, all things you don't want when your out to reach your limit.

Polarized Lenses:

Because the light hits the water and refraction occur across the surface, glare forms when those light rays bounce into your eye. Small patches of direct sun reflections cause a loss of viability, and traditionally the lenses from sunglasses would also pick up this glare. Enter Polarization! Modern sunglasses come in polarized lenses, which are created so that the lens doesn't catch those reflections. The result is a much clearer view of the water, and a lot less pressure and strain on your eyes.


A combination of UV protection and polarization will keep your eyes happy, and your head free of ache.

Captain Pat recommends the following sunglasses: