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March 22, 2012
Tackle Test: Polarized Sunglasses Are a Must Have For Fishermen - 2
by Todd Kuhn
Admittedly, I’m not much of a “fashion” kind of guy when it comes to fishing gear. Functionality is more my game. My favorite item being a pair of six-pocket, standard army issue pants.
As the name implies, they’re endowed with six pockets for all the “stuff” I need on a regular basis: my cell phone, wallet, reading glasses, bags of worms, beef jerky, contour maps, the occasional Boca grip, grocery list, spray-on worm goop and pliers. On occasion, there might be a half eaten sandwich in there too — when the biting is just too good to choke down the entire deli treat. Packs of Lance Nip-E-Cheese crackers nestle nicely in the cavernous camouflaged pockets too.
What’s odd is that of all the fishing gear I have, I rely on my polarized glasses more than most, yet I never give them a second thought. I’m of the opinion that a quality pair of peeps should be standard issue for every serious fisherman.
For example, I was out with a fishing buddy on a local lake, running the trolling motor and looking for signs of anything that might bite. While peering into the water I saw a bed with a gargandous female on it. Yikes! I eased the boat back around and told my buddy to come up front and check out the find.
As I pointed her out to him, he leaned closer and said, “Where?” Keep in mind this fish was big enough to swallow a small dairy cow. I pointed again, my arms flailing in even more exaggerated gestures, gruffing “right there!” He was still lost. After a few disparaging comments about his advancing age, family lineage and having lost his eyesight, I glanced at his sunglasses: he found that gem in the dollar bin. No wonder my buddy was blind as a bat to the world around him.