I recently got hold of some Costa del Mar Man ‘O War polarised sunglasses. I had heard various people on forums highly rating a good pair of polarised glasses and describing how they had helped their fishing. I was keen to try them for myself and see what difference they would make.
After a couple of trips out I can give some early impressions of the Man O War glasses I have, and try to explain a little of how they have helped so far.
I had previously owned a cheap pair of polarised glasses that were useful, but suffered from a strange flickering when looking at the water. This would eventually give me a headache so I rarely tried to use them.
I am glad to say that the Costas do not give me any problem at all and my vision through the lenses actually seems better than when not wearing them. Everything looks more defined in the copper lenses and more vibrant in colour. It feels a little strange at first but it’s like someone has given everything a bit of touching up in Photoshop.
The frames themselves are comfortable to wear and fit snugly, but are not tight on my quite large head. I will pick up a cord to attach to the legs of the glasses to save them if they do fall off, but they already stay in place without problem when leaning forwards or moving my head about.
After reading a lot of comments from others, I was keen to see how well they glasses let you see into the water. Polarised glasses work by blocking the light reflecting off the water’s surface, reducing glare, and allowing you to see more clearly into the water. This is obviously helpful when fishing as you can have a look for the structure that Bass like to hide amongst and ambush their prey.
The 580p lenses block 100% UV which will protect your eyes, block some blue light to eliminate haze, plus block some yellow light which apparently is what makes the colours more vibrant.
When looking into water they do not give you x-ray vision, but they do definitely make things much more visible. I was fishing a mark recently where when not wearing the glasses, all I could see was the greyish surface of the water, with plenty of bright sun reflecting off the surface. After putting the glasses on I could then see the dark patches of weed and rock around the mark and obviously the glare had gone.
This directly helped my fishing by making sure I was casting my lure to the right places, and allowing the lure to work over the likely fish holding areas. It wasn’t like I could make out every rock and bit of weed, but I could definitely see that shape of the structures mixed in with where the sand patches were. Again, when not wearing the glasses I could see nothing of the structure below. This obviously helps you when actually fishing, but will also help when scanning about for marks where you haven’t had the chance to check out at low tide. The water clarity on this occasion was fair, so it will be interesting to have a look in some really clear water.
I was lucky enough to hook my first Bass of the year on this mark when trying out the glasses and what was particularly helpful was that I could see the fish’s profile for most of the fight, giving me a much better idea of where it was trying to head and allowing me to steer it in a bit more assuredly.
What was also really noticeable was when wading about on the shallow, weedy rocky ground, I could make out where I was walking much more clearly. When not wearing the glasses I could make things out somewhat, but I was often misplacing steps into little holes or getting the angle of a submerged rock wrong. When I had them on I could get a much better idea of perspective with underwater objects, allowing me to move a bit quicker and do a few less ‘Bambi on ice’ impressions.
I also definitely found that at the end of the sessions when wearing the glasses that my eyes were not as tired, as I am not squinting at the bright reflections on the water and not straining to make things out as much.
So far I am really liking them. I can see some real benefits to my fishing straight away. After I have put a bit more time in with them I will put up a full review.