A Fisherman's Most Important Tool

Good rod and reel combos, great weather, and the right bait. I think we can all agree that these are key variables to catching not only more fish, but also bigger fish. But, one vital tool you may take for granted might surprise you, your eyes. Often times, if you hadn't have seen that Cobia just under the surface trailing a leatherback turtle or that bull Mahi swimming down a swell, you would've never known they were there, and would have never had an opportunity to catch those fish. You can't catch, what you can't see.

So how do you enhance your sight? The most important factor is a great pair of sunglasses that allow you to see through the water in all conditions. Here are some great tools from Costa del Mar that fishermen simply couldn't fish without. 

The Frames

The shape of everyones face is different, so the best way to find a comfortable frame and style for you is to go into your local Costa del Mar dealer and try on pairs until you find one that you are happy with. The most important part to the frames is that they rest on your face comfortably. 

Glass or Plastic?


Plastic and glass lenses are similar in how they have 100% UV blockage and are polarized for extreme clarity, but have minor differences. Plastic lenses feature Costa C-Wall coating, which repels oils, water, dust and scratches, and they block both yellow and blue light. Also, plastic lenses are impact resistant and are more lightweight than glass. 

On the other hand, glass lenses enhance colors by blocking yellow light and they eliminate haze and blur by blocking blue light. Costa LightWave glass is thinner and lighter than average polarized glass. 

Pick a Color

Costa lenses are made in seven colors that are each designed for specific fishing conditions. For offshore fishing, there are two colors that stand above the rest. 


The 580 Blue Mirror or Grey Mirror lenses are perfect for blue water fishing because their encapsulated mirrors deliver superior contrast in color when your fully exposed to the sun and eliminated glare. This allows you to see deeper into the water, and further away. 

If you are looking for a better all around pair of glasses that are great for daily activities that require contrast, such as sight fishing or driving, the 580 Amber Mirrored lenses are perfect. They are excellent all-around lenses that give you the brightest field of vision for not only everyday activities, but also spotting fish inshore or offshore. 


In the end, there is no wrong choice when purchasing a pair of Costa Sunglasses.