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Are Polarized Lenses Good for Fishing?

Chances are if you like fishing you already know how sun and glare can blind you on the open water. And while sunglasses help, you may have already been reading about polarized lenses.

Polarized fishing lenses provide the ultimate protection against harmful UV rays plus block out maximum glare. But that doesn’t mean they’re good for fishing.

Keep reading as we answer the top questions around polarized fishing lenses and sunglasses.

Keep reading as we review these questions and more in detail.

Are Polarized Lenses Good for Fishing?

Polarized lenses are great for fishing because they improve your vision and allow you to see clearly into the water.

Polarized lenses work by removing glare from water and other light-reflecting surfaces. And these lenses can sharpen your vision so that you can easily spot fish and underwater structures, even under low-light situations.

Plus there are even polarized specific lenses made for fishing. Keep reading as we discuss exactly how polarized lenses help in fishing and what to look for when buying!

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Polarized Fishing Lenses

What Does Polarized mean?

When light strikes an object (especially anything with a flat surface), it’s reflected and bounces off in a flat and horizontal way.

Polarized lenses act as a filter that neutralizes this horizontal light. The reflected light is then stopped, and as a result, you can see more clearly.

You can read more in our complete Polarized Sunglasses Buyers Guide and check out the video below.

How Are Polarized Glasses Different From Sunglasses? 

Polarized glasses provide better clarity in bright light conditions by filtering out light as we described above.

While normal sunglasses help to reduce glare they also reduce the intensity of everything else you see to the same levels. This means you may not see as clearly through standard lenses in bright light conditions.

In fact, if you compare regular sunglasses to polarized glasses, you’ll immediately notice the difference.

To think of it simply, normal sunglasses block all light, while polarized sunglasses only block out the bad light.

How Do Polarized Fishing Lenses Help You?

Polarized glasses allow your vision to pierce through the water and clearly see fish.

Let’s assume you’re out fishing and the sun is shining brightly. The sunlight strikes the water surface, creating a glare in your eyes. That glare blinds you making it difficult to see into the water.

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And how will you catch anything if you can’t see through the water?

Polarized vs. Non-Polarized Lenses
Polarized vs. Non-Polarized Lenses

This is exactly where polarized lenses come in. By filtering out the bad light while maintaining clarity, you can see into the water without straining your eyes.

Keep reading as we cover exactly what to look for when you buy fishing sunglasses.

What To Look For When Buying Polarized Fishing Sunglasses?

Get The Right Fit

When you wear sunglasses for fishing, you’ll usually be on the water all day. And that means it can become uncomfortable fast if your sunglasses don’t fit right.

Some frames can irritate your temples or nose. Some can even cause headaches.

Because we all have different sized and shaped heads and faces, it is always better to buy glasses that are comfortable from the start. Especially for sports and fishing sunglasses.

To find your perfect fit check out our Sunglasses Size Guide.

Minimize Glare

You’ll definitely want to minimize glare with Polarized lenses. But it doesn’t stop there.

You can also protect your eyes from peripheral glare.

Peripheral or side glare usually happens when your glasses don’t wrap around the shape of your face. This leaves large gaps around your sunglasses that let in light.

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Split Shot Fishing Sunglasses
Split Shot Fishing Sunglasses with a large wrap to protect from side glare – Photo: Oakley

While it may not bother you immediately. Side glare can ultimately lead to fatigue and eye strain.

You can easily solve this by looking for fishing sunglasses with a large wrap (or curve) that helps form around your face like the Split Shot. Or even sunglasses with side blinders like the Oakley Clifden.

Purpose-Built Fishing Lenses

Beyond just polarized lenses, if you’re serious about fishing you’ll definitely want to look at fishing lenses.

Many top brands have fishing-specific lenses designed to maximize visibility on the water.

Take Oakley’s Prizm Deep Water and Shallow Water lenses for example. These lenses are purpose-built for fishing to not only enhance contrast but help you spot fish and underwater objects even on sunny days.

You can read more in our guide to the best Oakley Fishing Sunglasses.

Oakley Prizm Deep Water Lens Comparison
Oakley Prizm Deep Water Lens

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