Few bass anglers would sight fish without polarized sunglasses. That’s pretty basic, but Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle knows that a little more thought can take this premise to a more efficient level.
“I think it’s important to have more than one pair of glasses,” Swindle said. “When I get to each lake, I’ll take and amber, a mirror blue and a bunch of different lens colors and I’ll find a fish on the bed.
“I’ll put one of those glasses on and look at him; I’ll put another pair on and look at him. In each lake, the variation of the bottom color is different but what I’m trying to is accent that fish in that body of water.”
Swindle said that by experimenting with various lenses, he’s trying to help his eyes distinguish the bottom makeup.
“For me, it’s not about seeing the fish as quickly as it is about sorting out the bottom—light, dark, light dark. When that fish pops, that’s the color I’d use for that lake.
“No matter what brand you choose to wear, make sure you look at a couple different colors. And if you have the ability to get interchangeable lenses, get a couple different colors because no lake is the same.”
Swindle prefers wrap style sunglass frames with cupped edges because they reduce light intrusion from the sides and rear.Also, the flat-billed hats Swindle rolls with are more than a fashion/attitude statement. In actuality, they’re a functional element of the sight-fishing objective.
“When you apply that flat bill it makes a solid seal across the top of those glasses and I have eveything cased in,” he said. “If you wear the hats that are humped up in the bill, you have a big piece of light coming in.
“I tell people, if you’re going to sight fish, buy a hat that fits right down over those glasses and you’ll block out all that light.”