What are you Wearing to Protect Those Eyes This Summer?

This summer I have been wearing the new Costa Del Mar Fantail Sun Glasses in Realtree® camo. Nice looking, sleek style and super comfortable. The Realtree® camo sunglasses were designed for the outdoorsman who's on the water or in the woods; and that would be me and most of my friends! Featuring Realtee AP® and Realtree Xtra® camo, the Fantail camo sunglasses by Costa are designed to never slip, even when your face is covered in sweat or water. The Fantail style Costa sunglasses push the edge in sunglasses performance and style.

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Not only are these sunglasses comfortable and reliable, but they provide 100% UV light blockage to protect your eyes from those harmful rays, and the 100% polarization kills the glare to reduce eyestrain. Yep, that is me behind those Costa's

Features:

NEW Blaze Orange Costa C available with Realtree Xtra pattern
Comfortable medium fit.
Stainless steel integral hinge.
Heavy-duty TR 90 nylon frames.
Includes hard case.
100% UV light blockage for max protection.
100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain.
Built by hand and backed for life. Every pair of Costas include a lifetime warranty.
Plastic lenses are lightweight, impact- and scratch-resistant.
Glass lenses have the greatest clarity and are scratch resistant.
This style is prescription ready.

 

Read more about Costa Del Mar sunglasses at  https://www.costadelmar.com/

 

About the author: Tom is a outdoors-man and a retired Lieutenant/Firefighter/Paramedic with 29 years of service to the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services in Georgia. He is now working with NAVICO/Lowrance promoting their Insight Genesis College Cup program. He can be seen around the country promoting products through demonstrations at Outdoor shows. He continues to participate in different outdoor forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice (501c3 Military Charity). They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

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Costa Del Mar

Costa Del Mar

History

In 1983, a group of hardcore fishermen who spent their days exploring the globe and battling extreme elements came to realize that the sunglasses they were relying on weren't as hardcore as their adventures. Seeing the world in absolute clarity and protecting their eyes was a must. So when they couldn't find worthy sunglasses, they decide to build their own. And Costa was born. After all these years and all these adventures, our mission has never wavered: to create the clearest sunglasses on the planet for life's great adventures. And the patented technology like those found only in Costa lenses and frames are proof that we're succeeding. We build the clearest sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water. Born on the water and we're still inspired by it. We want to be on it, we want to protect it, and we want to inspire others to do the same.

Choosing your Lenses

Glass VS Plastic

Why Glass?

Glass has the greatest clarity and scratch resistance. Plus, Costa Light WAVE glass is thinner & lighter than average polarized glass.

400G

  • 100% UV blockage for max protection
  • 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain
  • Provides superior clarity

580G

  • 100% UV blockage
  • 100% polarized for superior clarity
  • Patented technology enhances- colors by blocking yellow light
  • Eliminates haze & blur by blocking blue light
  • block yellow light at
580nm for enhanced color and blue light at 400nm to reduce haze and blur.

Why Plastic?

Plastic is more lightweight than glass for added comfort. It's also impact resistant and extremely durable.

400P

  • 100% UV blockage for max protection
  • 100% polarization kills reflected glare & reduces eye strain
  • Provides superior clarity

580P

  • 100% UV blockage
  • 100% polarized for superior clarity
  • Costa C-WALL coating repel soils, water, dust, & scratches
  • Patented technology blocks blue & yellow light for better clarity and color

PRESCRIPTION

1. Go to your local Costa authorized prescription (Rx) retailer and ask for Costas. Look for the Costa Rx Logo under Dealer Type.

2. Choose your frame and lens while there.

3.Once completed, your Costa Rx lens will have the Costa lens etching and will come with an authenticity card. This authenticity card guarantees that your prescriptions Costas are the same great quality as non-prescription Costas.

LIFETIME WARRANTY

We warrant Costa Sunglasses against defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Costa handles every repair or warranty claim directly. If you should have a problem with your Costas, please refer to the Repair section of our website. Costa will repair or replace, at our option, any product determined by Costa to be a manufacturer's defect. Since eventual wear and tear can be expected, reasonable repair charges will be levied if repairs are necessary as a result of normal wear, scratched lenses, broken hinges, accidental damage, misuse or any other problems determined not to be defects. A small processing fee will be charged for each warranty claim processed. *Prescription and Limited Edition Costa Sunglasses have warranty limitations. Please see REPAIR FAQS or call 1-855-MYCOSTA (855-692-6782) for further information.

 

 

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Sunglass Basics - Lens Type and Color

Buying GOOD sunglasses can be overwhelming. There are so many features and benefits to choose from, let alone understanding all the terminology. Our Gifts and Sunglasses Lead Heather Morris breaks down some of the considerations for you when it comes to purchasing:

Lens Types - Glass vs. Polycarbonate

Glass

* Best clarity

* Holds up the best against scratches

* Very durable

Polycarbonate

* Lightweight

* Easy cleaning

* Impact resistant

* Scratch resistant

 

Mirrored have a coating on the outside of the lens to help cut down on glare. The differences between colored mirror lenses are:

* Blue mirror is one of two lenses that lets the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a base color of grey.  Blue mirror lenses are best for full sun on open water and offshore.

* Green mirror is the other lens that will let the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a copper or amber base.  Green mirror enhances vision as well as contrast for fishing inshore and on flats.

* Silver mirror has a 12% light transmission and comes with a copper base.  It's great for various lighting and works well in stream fishing.

In non-mirrored lenses, the grey lens is the darkest tint available without a mirror.  It is a great lens to use on a daily basis and all activities. The Amber lens is a good lens for those days of bright and low lights.

Quality polarized sunglasses have a film built in the lens that reduces glare from the sun, snow, and water.  Non-polarized sunglasses do not have this film and if you're going to buy a good quality pair of sunglasses Morris recommends they are polarized.

When purchasing sunglasses the biggest thing to consider, outside of your budget, is how you're going to use them. If you're getting them for  daily outdoor use for sports, fishing, or biking, Morris says consider a warranty, going with polarized lenses, and durability.  Of course, the fit is important, too!

Maui Jim - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaHer personal preference of sunglasses?  Maui Jim!

"I have two pairs, one with a grey lens and the other with the amber.  I find that they both really enhance all the colors I see as well as block out the bright sunlight.  I never squint my eyes with my Mauis on!"

Currently, at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, we carry Under Armour, Native, Oakley, Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar, Browning, Wiley X (limited pairs). We carry Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar sunglasses in both glass and polycarbonate lenses.  We carry specific models in all of our brands, but we do offer special orders if there is a particular pair you want that we do not carry.KVD - Oakley

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Costa de Mar Launches New Spring Styles

Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops to check out two brand-new styles from Costa del Mar sunglasses.  The popular Blackfin and Isabela models are available in brand-new styles for spring 2014!

blackfinThe Blackfin has an over-sized fit providing plenty of coverage from harmful sun rays when you are out on the water. The Hydrolite lining reduces slippage for all day comfort. The lenses, available in plastic or glass, block 100% of UV light and provide 100% polarization to minimize glare and eye strain. The Gunstock finish, reminiscent of woodgrain, is a brand-new finish for this year, sure to please any outdoorsman.tortoise

Don't worry - Costa has new designs in their women's line as well.  The Isabela is also available in a brand-new look:  Retro Tortoise with Black Temples. An over-sized fit provides maximum coverage and protection from harmful UV rays.  Glass and plastic lenses provide 100% polarization to reduce eye strain. A vibrant tortoise-shell pattern is featured around the Morenalenses, accented by black legs.  There is a second new finish, Morena, also available.  The Morena features a striated earthy color palette, reminiscent of beach sand. The neutral color scheme provides a stylish look on or off the water.

 

All Costa sunglasses carry a warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product. For more information on these or any other Costa del Mar sunglasses, visit the Sunglasses Counter at your local Bass Pro Shops.

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Fish in Style

Searching for the perfect pair of shades? Look no further, Bass Pro Shops carries the largest variety of Costa Del Mar sunglasses this side of the Mississippi. Costa Del Mar increases visibility 2-3 feet deeper in the water providing you with an advantage over your competition. 580 green mirror lenses are great for fishing lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. 580 blue mirror  favors open water fishing!

In addition to being 100% polarized they also meet ANSI certification and we offer several frame styles, colors and lenses including but not limited to camouflage frames. These one of a kind sunglasses are not only UV protective but Costa provides a life- time warranty on manufacture defects. Costa also makes C-Mates which provide a bifocal in 1.75 & 2.50 strengths, the greatest clarity and protection you can get!

Make sure you stop by and check out our collection of Costas! The make great gift ideas for that special person in your life. We have a well trained staff that will help you make the right selection.

 

A view of our Men's Collection of Costa sunglasses here in Memphis!

 

A view of our Women's Collection of Costa sunglasses here in Memphis!

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Wade Routes

By Ty Butler

 

Wade fishing on the Georgia Coast and the South Carolina Low Country is one of the best ways to access the marsh flats which redfish invade on a bimonthly basis.  Most tidal swings in the area average 6 to 7 feet, which is a large swing anywhere else on the Southeast coast.  However, for a few days around the new and full moons each month the tidal change can approach 10 feet or more.  Fishing for species such as seatrout, sheepshead, or flounder can be very problematic during big tidal changes.  These periods, called “spring” tides, flood the higher areas of the tidal flats where bottom predators can’t normally reach.  Redfish (locally known as spottail bass), invade these virgin areas in order to gorge themselves on fiddler crabs and shrimp.  This gives anglers a unique opportunity to sight fish for the premier inshore saltwater gamefish of the South.


Redfish on the flood tide

A beautiful Georgia redfish caught sight fishing.

 

There are some issues with accessing these areas.  Georgia and South Carolina marshes are mostly bottomed with soft, deep “pluff” mud, which is not only annoying to wade in, but can also be life threatening and has taken lives.  There are areas that are much safer, though, and luckily redfish flock to them.  Hard, sandy bottom can be found at the back of most saltwater creek systems, and this is exactly where reds go when the tide floods high.  I recommend that you scout for such areas at low tide before you start targeting fish when the grass floods.  There are several indicators you should look for in a redfish flat, but you need to know what to look for.

 

Coastal Georgia holds a winding maze of inland wetlands within its 100 straight miles that holds one third of all salt marsh on the entire Atlantic East Coast.  The Low Country of South Carolina and the First Coast of North Florida have similar ecosystems.  Most of this salt marsh is composed of smooth spartina cordgrass, which is very tall, thick, and re-grows each year.  It grows in the soft “pluff” mud which should be avoided if one wants to wade fish.  The best areas to look for are those with a compacted sand bottom with a species of short, scattered spartina grass known as “salt marsh hay”.  You can tell from afar that these areas look like “potholes” in the taller grass.  These are the types of areas that fiddler and ghost crabs burrow in large colonies and redfish love to target them.  Old timers will tell you that another plant to look for in a good redfish spot is a short, bright green edible plant known as “saltwort.”

 


A kayak is a perfect choice to attack the marsh flats.

 

Once you find a good spot with firm, safe wading bottom, you need to choose your approach.  There are a select few areas that are accessible by foot from dry land.  However, most areas will require a flats boat or kayak to access.  A flats boat can get you to far, remote areas- but a kayak can get you right up on the fish with a stealthy approach.    Some ambitious anglers combine both by using their boat as a mothership and launching their kayak within striking distance.  Either way, I like to get out of my vehicle and foot it into the enemy territory.  I find this is the most “ninja-like” approach and least likely to spook the fish.  For protection I do prefer to wear a full coverage, draining shoe, such as Sperry SON-R.  You never know when you might encounter a stingray or razor-sharp oyster shells.  For gear, I prefer a fairly long rod, 7 to 8 feet, with a 3000 or 4000 size spinning reel.  This will give you the longer cast you will want.  Braided line is a must as it will allow you to use 17 to 50 pound test line though it is a much smaller diameter.  This will give you much-needed line capacity and abrasion resistance in grass and shells.  I like to end it with a 15 to 25 pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader.  Fluorocarbon is even more abrasion resistant and is almost invisible underwater.  


So much marsh, so little time...

 

When you arrive on the marsh flat, you will only have a short window to go after the red battlers.  Most flats are only flooded an hour or two before and after high tide.  When the current starts to pull off the flat, redfish know they need to leave quickly.  I like to arrive about 3 hours before high tide and move back through the grass as it floods.  Even though time is short, you need to slow down and be observant.  Use polarized sunglasses, such as Costa del Mar and search for tails breaking the surface and slowly waving.  If the wind is blowing, this can be tricky- but look for anything that doesn’t move with the wind.  These are usually redfish grubbing around on the bottom in search of fiddler crabs and other crustaceans.

 

 

Z-Man Jerk Shad

 

When you spot a redfish, or a school, it is time to make a presentation.  With all the possibilities out there, I have a few select go-to lures.  When fly fishing I prefer Clouser Minnows or shrimp/crab patterns, like the redfish toad.  With conventional gear I almost exclusively use the scented Z-Man Jerk Shad or a weedless-rigged DOA Shrimp.  I buy DOA  baits in the money-saving body kits offered by BPS and hook them using a ⅛ ounce weighted-shank Gamakatsu swimbait hook.  I heavily scent all my baits using shrimp Pro-Cure Super Gel, which we offer at Bass Pro Shops in Savannah.  This scent is a gel-based concentrate that lasts all day and has proven results.

 

The most critical juncture when chasing redfish on the flat is when you make your cast.  If you are off my just couple of inches, you may spook the fish.  Take note of the direction the fish is moving, take account for the wind, and aim just beyond and ahead of the redfish.  When your bait lands, make just a couple of cranks to reel in the slack and pull the bait into the path of the fish.  Then just let the bait sit and hold your rod tip high.  If the fish attacks, you will see a swirl and feel weight through your rod tip.  Set the hook hard, because redfish have rubberlike lips and hard jaws.  If you are successful in your hookset, you will know quickly.

Attwood Folding Net

 

With a fish on, keep your rodtip high, but let your drag do the work.  Redfish, especially large ones, will take a very hard first run.  It will strip yards off the drag, but just let it run and use your rodtip to maintain its direction.  If the fish starts to near a thicker, taller patch of grass (which they all seem smart enough to do), then you should try directing it away or  slightly  tightening the drag.  If you are successful in stopping that first run, you are in good shape.  Reel the fish in, slowing down if the fish shakes its head or takes a secondary run.  I like to use a folding net to land the fish once it gets close.  Attwood makes an excellent net which folds up into a very compact package.

 

 

SpyPoint X-Cel Camera

 

Redfish can only be kept in this area within a slot limit.  In Georgia, they can only be kept in a slot between 14 to 23 inches with a 5 fish per day limit.  Similarly, in South Carolina they can only be kept 15 to 23 inches with a 3 fish per day limit.  A lot of fish caught on the flats, though, are above the slot limit.  Breeding-age fish 24 to 36 inches are often caught on the marsh flats before they move off the beaches.  I would hope that all these fish are released to secure the future of this amazing fishery.  Take a picture with your smart phone or use a video camera like the Spypoint X-Cel Sport or the GoPro Hero to capture the moment for the future.

 

The Southeast coast from the Low Country through the Coastal Empire, the Golden Isles, and into North Florida offers some unique opportunities to target redfish in an environment where they are particularly vulnerable.  Take some time to look ahead to the next new or full moon tide, and plan on visiting Bass Pro Shops to gear up for the next “red dawn” when the spottails invade the territory of the walking angler.

 

Some info provided by our friend Captain “Wild Bill” Jarrell- http://captainwildbill.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best in Show & Best on the Water - Costa's New Tuna Alley Sunglasses

tuna alley

The more I fish and do outside activities during the summer months the more I have noticed there seems to be a lot of glare on and off the water this time of the year. It is very important to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses. 

For the past few weeks I have been wearing the new Costa Del Mar Sunglasses called the “Tuna Alley”.  Like all the Costa sunglasses the “Tuna Alley” have coated lenses to help reflect harmful UVA and UVB rays.  This frame style uses the polarized 580™ lens technology. These lenses will cut the glare, but the blue lenses are very important on the water to help eliminate the harsh reflective glare that comes directly from the water. When fishing always wear polarized lenses because this allows your eyes to relax and not be strained. They will  also allow your eyes to pierce the water and see fish in the shadows and catch more fish!

The frame design of the Costa “Tuna Alley” sunglasses is lightweight, very comfortable, stylish and great for everyday wear. Costa has added a rubberized element for the nose-piece and the bottoms of the frames that will rest on your cheeks to keep the them from slipping off your face.  The vented holes on each side of the frames prevent the lens from fogging.  This new frame style is available in tortoise, matte black, white, crystal and the new blackout colors.

 

awards

 

Congratulations to Costa sunglasses for winning “Best in Show” Eyewear at the 2013 ICAST, Gam & Fish Sportsman Readers Choice and the IFTD Best of Show - eyewear for the new “Tuna Alley”. These are all prestigious awards at the world's largest fishing show in the country. All these awards were determined by votes from the fishing industry media personnel and freelance writers from around the globe. At ICAST ‘Best of Show’ awards take the pulse of the fishing industry each year, revealing the most vital, innovative and problem-solving products hatched. In short, the best of the best in an industry fueled by innovation. This year, “Best in Show” in eyewear was the most competitive field it has ever been.

For additional information, contact 1-800-447-3700 or www.costadelmar.com.


Thanks for reading…… BRANCH

About the author: Tom is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Firefighter, Paramedic/Lieutenant in Georgia for the past 28 years.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 18 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

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Costa del Mar: Summer in Style

If you like your sunglasses to be stylish as well as functional, then check some of the 2013 models from Costa del Mar.

galveston

First up is the Galveston. These sleek, rimless sunglasses are available in four frame/lens color combinations:  Black/Blue Mirror, Black/Gray, Tortoise/Copper and the ever-so-stylish Silver/Silver Mirror.

saltbreak

If you prefer a more traditional look, then the Saltbreak is for you. The Saltbreak has a more obvious frame and is available in five frame/lens color combinations:  Black/Blue Mirror, Silver/Blue Mirror, Tortoise/Green Mirror, Tortoise/Blue Mirror and White/Blue Mirror.

straightsOur next 2013 offering is the Straights.The Straights is a semi-rimless style combining the best of the Galveston and Saltbreak styles.  Three color combinations are available:  Black/Gray, White Gray, and Silver Copper.

Costa was founded in 1983, specifically to make sunglasses for use on the water.  These styles and more are availble via online shopping at basspro.com or at your local Bass Pro Shops. All Costa sunglasses come with a Lifetime Warranty.

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Why are Costa Sunglasses the best?

 

 

costa

 

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses is a designer and manufacture of high-end polarized sunglasses for use in water sports such as fishing, sailing, and surfing and everyday use. Costa was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Daytona Beach Florida. Costa Del Mar products are sold within Bass Pro Shops or online at the following site https://www.costadelmar.com/

Costa Del Mar was founded the same year that a NOAA nature sanctuary asked the company for a donation of polarized sunglasses. The first lens developed by Costa Del Mar was the Costa 400 material. In 1986, Costa Del Mar created the Costa 400 in a glass lens. Today the list of personalities that use Costa Del Mar keeps on expanding but some personalities that use Cost Del Mar sunglasses include Jose Wejebe, Cindy Garrison, Blair Wiggins.

Costa Del Mar provides 52 styles and 8 lens options of polarized eye wear, and 18 frame colors. The lenses are manufactured in three different materials: CR-39, Glass, and polycarbonate. Each of these lenses offer different attributes mainly focuses on durability, optical clarity, and scratch resistance. Every lens made by Costa is 100% polarized and offers 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection.

Costa Del Mar offers two quality lenses. The Costa 400 is offered in all three lens materials, and it eliminates glare at the 400 nanometer mark. This allows for clearer vision and reduces strain on eyes.

The Costa 580 is the companies premium lens collection. It was introduced in August 2000. This lens eliminates glare at the 580 nanometer mark. Specifically it reduces the amount of yellow light that penetrates the lens; yellow light is the hardest light for the eye to process. This nearly completely eliminates glare, allowing enhanced color saturation and definition. The 580 lens was originally only made in glass but are now available in polycarbonate.

Costa Del Mar are our number one selling sunglasses here at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. We would love for you to come into the store and let one of our sunglasses specialist help you with your Costa needs. If you are shopping online please let us know if you see a style that you like, because if we do not have it in our current stock we will try our best to special order them in for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us for all your sunglasses needs. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.

 

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Feature of the Week

Feature of the Week: Week of March 18

Department: Sunglasses/Gifts

Item: Costa Del Mar

Bass Pro Shops is known for selling the most popular polarized sunglasses; Costa Del Mar.  Did you know every pair of Costas is built by hand? This is why the lifetime warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship.  Costa will always be there for you if you ever damage your sunglasses as well.  Costas most high-tech lens, the 580G, is 20% thinner and 22% lighter than the average polarized glass.  This is only found in Costa Del Mar Sunglasses. 

When choosing what lens color for your Costa you have to consider the light conditions while you’re out.  There are certain lens colors which are great for dim light and others great for bright light.  The blue mirror is the best for brighter lights and the sunrise is the best for the dimmer lights.  So if you fish in the morning or evening the sunrise would be the better of the choices. 

The new 2013 models include:

The Conch

conch

The Cat Cay

cat cay

The Hatch

hatch

The Ansil

ansil

The Saltbreak

saltbreak

The Cayan

cayan

The Miss Britt

miss britt

The Straits

straits

The Tuna Alley

tuna alley

The Tower

tower

The Inlet

inlet

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What to wear fishing this HOT summer!

"What to Wear Fishing this HOT Summer”

By Tom Branch, Jr.

Fishing in the summer can be fantastic, unless you choose the wrong clothing. For summer time fishing, you should be wearing clothing that will protect you from the dangers of the sun and still be comfortable fishing. The technology involved in creating a quality of summer clothing is incredible today. It wasn't too long ago that when I went fishing during the summer, I put on a baseball cap, tennis shoes, tee-shirt and blue jean shorts.  Back in the day there just wasn't the clothing available to fish comfortably and protect your skin as there is today. Manufacturers like Columbia, Simms, World Wide Sportsman and Bass King have created some excellent choices for the summer angler. Their clothing looks stylish and protects your skin from the dangerous UV rays put out by the sun, and it keeps you cool. In this article, I will go over what you should be looking for in good summer clothing while you are outside on the water or fishing from the bank. At the end of the article you will find some of the items I wear on the water in the summertime.


Sun Screen
Let’s start out by protecting your skin first. I like to use a sweat proof quality sunscreen that will bond to my skin on contact and won't run down my eyes and sting. You need to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a greasy residue which could adversely affect your grip. Look for a formula make up that is oil free, hypoallergenic and waterproof. A good sunscreen should soak into your skin very quickly. I still have not been able to find a fragrance-free sunscreen for my sensitive skin, especially on my face and neck. In the summer time, I reapply my sunscreen every few hours. Two small suggestions, keep baby wipes in your boat for wiping your hands off after applying your sunscreen. Lastly, purchase new sunscreen every year, sunscreen does go bad.

Base Layers
A thin t-shirt should form your base layer while fishing in the summer. Try a specially treated 100% polyester fabric with 50+ UPF rating.  There are fabrics available out there that wick away moisture. My favorites are the fabrics that are made to be water repellent and stain resistant with anti-odor properties that will battle the outdoor elements alongside you. As this is the layer that will be directly next to your skin, it is important that the material can allow moisture to escape from your body. If sweat can dry on your skin, it can quickly make you feel cold.

Bass Tech

Shirts
On top of this base layer, a top made from nylon will help to keep cool. Look for an ultra-quick-dry 100% nylon button up shirt that is light, breathable and has “Spills Technology” to ward off blood-and-guts stains. I chose the long-sleeve version because you can protect your arms and roll them out if needed. These style shirts are very cool to wear on the water. Many of them come with front/back ventilation that keeps air flowing even as the roll-up collar protects your neck from harsh UV rays. I prefer the muted grays and light blues instead of the bright color shirts. Remember when you are fishing shallow water you want to look like the sky. Light blues and grays blend the best, I call it sky camouflage. Many of the quality brand shirts now are offering an SPF factor to the shirt material. These shirts are quick drying and cool to wear in the hot weather.

Shorts
Long days on the water call for versatile clothes, and my preference are pants that have zip off legs like the convenient long pant style that convert to shorts. That way, I can have shorts on during the day and add the legs back on to the shorts if it gets cool on the return ride in the evening. Just like the shirt, listed above, remember to look at a stain resistance material. The short material has to have a minimum UPF 50+ sun protection. Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon construction features allow these pants to travel in your luggage and still look good while on the water. My pants have to have plenty of pockets because I carry a lot of stuff on me when I am fishing. Now there are days when I just want to wear shorts and I leave the long pants on shore.

Shoes/Sandals
I have two shoes/sandals I wear when fishing in the summer, one is a flip flop and the other is a water shoe. Comfortable feet are a must when I am fishing. I want a lightweight sandal that has a soft foot bed. If you wear sandals, you want a flexible material, light weight and ventilated. The upper material should conform easily to your foot. If you want comfort on your feet, you must look forward to spending around $25. A quality product will also be UV-resistant, odor-resistant, slip-resistant and easy to clean. If I want to wear shoes fishing during the day, I wear a shoe that is made with waterproof materials. You want a shoe that will dry fast when it gets wet. My shoes have a drainage tunnel to remove water quickly from inside the shoe. That way, I am not sloshing around in my shoes, on the boat deck causing blisters on my feet. Try the shoes with elastic bungee lacing because you can pull them tight once they get wet and loose. Like any shoe on a boat, you want to have a non-slip and non-marking rubber outsole.

Crocs


Hats
A hard hat liner might sound a bit unconventional, but it will keep your neck, ears and head warm in cold weather. In the summer, I wear a wide-brimmed hat on the water. This will guard against sunburn, overheating and overexposure to the sun. The preferred head covering is a wide bream hat, not a cap. Although the popular and seen-everywhere ball caps help some, a hat with a full brim is made to protect the head, face, neck and ears. Make sure the hat is made with a breathable material so your scrap can breathe. Keep in mind that water reflects the sun. It intensifies the effect of the rays, and even brings them up from the water surface to your face that is under a hat.

Gloves
Lots of anglers don't like wearing gloves while fishing, as it can make casting the rod and reeling in catches much more tricky. If you go on fishing boat trips, you'll probably want a pair though to keep your hands warm on the journey, before the actual fishing starts. However, in the summer time, you need protection on your hands. A few years ago, I had the chance to talk to Shaw Grigsby, and he told me once you had a skin cancer cell removed from your hand you will wear gloves all the time. The pain from the surgery is very bad, and it is so simple to put on a pair of gloves to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. The best gloves have a built-in UPF sun protection.

Strike King Lures

Sunglasses
 This summer I am wearing the Costa Rockport sunglasses. They are their newest rimless sunglasses from Costa Del Mar. These sleek, sporty shades are unique with full eye coverage and lightweight fit, without compromising durability. The Rockport sunglasses offer thicker, wider temples to block light from entering from the sides. These glasses will make you forget they're on. I wear 100% polarized lens because they block yellow light from entering the eye which eliminates glare. I really like the Rockport sunglasses because they fit my face properly. If the sunglasses are correctly fitted, it will allow the lens to breathe around your eyes. More than anything, this will not allow the sunglasses not to fog up when air is passing between your lenses and the skin about the eyes. Remember what I say about good sunglasses; you get what you pay for and you must demand quality!

Costa Del Mar

Facemask
 The latest fishing crazy for summer time is the face covers or buff’s. Wearing one of these means you can wear it as a face mask to skip the sun screen in your face. No smelly stuff on your wonderful bait any more. The stretchy, seamless microfiber polyester buff’s fabric comes in different patterns and looks. The material is designed to wick moisture at the surface for lightweight and comfortable protection from sun and wind. These buff's may be worn comfortably as a neckerchief, scarf, headband or balaclava. They are perfect for fishing, hiking, paddling and many other outdoor activities. All of them machine wash, and you should allow them to air dry before the next usage. Another reason to wear this item is the bugs. My last trip out night fishing with all those tiny little gnats/bugs started buzzing around and getting in my face, nose and eyes I was covered with my buff. More than anything I really like all the different ways you can wear them!

Additional Extras
The number #1 most important thing we all should not go to the lake without is a good-quality life jacket. I must admit, I never go fishing or even just boating without wearing it; I love my family too much. Remember if you every fall in with all the above on, you must be able to swim. A live vest should be worn on top of everything else it is really hardly noticeable, and it could save your life.  I would recommend looking at the Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest; this vest cost $289. This type of life jacket inflates only under hydrostatic pressure. Just buy the automatic inflatable type vest, there is no substitute. The competition version of this vest is stylish. It features a secure zip closure that can withstand rigorous activity; heavy duty coated nylon for increased durability, and is very lightweight, comfortable, and compact. It will keep you on top of the water long enough to allow yourself to get back in the boat. Attach your kill switch to your life vest any time your gas motor is running.

Wearing the right clothes is essential for anglers, as it's inevitable that you're going to be spending large amounts of time sitting around in the sun. Even when you're actively fishing, there isn't that much physical movement involved, so you can't rely on this to keep you cool, in the summer. Please dress with protection and safety in mind!

 

What I use & wear:

  • Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

http://www.drugstore.com/coppertone-sport-sunscreen-lotion-spf-50/qxp44855

  • Bass King – BassTech Sun shirt

http://www.basskingclothing.com/shop/performance/bass-king-basstech-short-sleeve-

  • World Wide Sportsman Blue Water Amphibious Shoes for Men – Olive
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  • Crocs™ Modi Flip Sandal for Men – Black
  •  
  • Hats
  •  
  • Gloves
  •  
  • Sunglasses - Costa Rockport
  •  
  • Facemask - Buff
  •  
  • Life Jacket - Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest with HIT
  •  

 

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer, a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia and a part owner of Wave Away, LLC.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

Follow him on www.facebook.com/tombranchjr  and http://twitter.com/tombranchjr

Blog: http://outonalimbwithtombranchjr.blogspot.com/

 

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"What to Wear Fishing this HOT Summer”

 

"What to Wear Fishing this HOT Summer”

By Tom Branch, Jr.

 

Fishing in the summer can be fantastic, unless you choose the wrong clothing. For summer time fishing, you should be wearing clothing that will protect you from the dangers of the sun and still be comfortable fishing. The technology involved in creating a quality of summer clothing is incredible today. It wasn't too long ago that when I went fishing during the summer, I put on a baseball cap, tennis shoes, tee-shirt and blue jean shorts.  Back in the day there just wasn't the clothing available to fish comfortably and protect your skin as there is today. Manufacturers like Columbia, Simms, World Wide Sportsman and Bass King have created some excellent choices for the summer angler. Their clothing looks stylish and protects your skin from the dangerous UV rays put out by the sun, and it keeps you cool. In this article, I will go over what you should be looking for in good summer clothing while you are outside on the water or fishing from the bank. At the end of the article you will find some of the items I wear on the water in the summertime.


Sun Screen
Let’s start out by protecting your skin first. I like to use a sweat proof quality sunscreen that will bond to my skin on contact and won't run down my eyes and sting. You need to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a greasy residue which could adversely affect your grip. Look for a formula make up that is oil free, hypoallergenic and waterproof. A good sunscreen should soak into your skin very quickly. I still have not been able to find a fragrance-free sunscreen for my sensitive skin, especially on my face and neck. In the summer time, I reapply my sunscreen every few hours. Two small suggestions, keep baby wipes in your boat for wiping your hands off after applying your sunscreen. Lastly, purchase new sunscreen every year, sunscreen does go bad.

Base Layers
A thin t-shirt should form your base layer while fishing in the summer. Try a specially treated 100% polyester fabric with 50+ UPF rating.  There are fabrics available out there that wick away moisture. My favorites are the fabrics that are made to be water repellent and stain resistant with anti-odor properties that will battle the outdoor elements alongside you. As this is the layer that will be directly next to your skin, it is important that the material can allow moisture to escape from your body. If sweat can dry on your skin, it can quickly make you feel cold.

bass king (Picture courtesy Bass King clothing)
Shirts
On top of this base layer, a top made from nylon will help to keep cool. Look for an ultra-quick-dry 100% nylon button up shirt that is light, breathable and has “Spills Technology” to ward off blood-and-guts stains. I chose the long-sleeve version because you can protect your arms and roll them out if needed. These style shirts are very cool to wear on the water. Many of them come with front/back ventilation that keeps air flowing even as the roll-up collar protects your neck from harsh UV rays. I prefer the muted grays and light blues instead of the bright color shirts. Remember when you are fishing shallow water you want to look like the sky. Light blues and grays blend the best, I call it sky camouflage. Many of the quality brand shirts now are offering an SPF factor to the shirt material. These shirts are quick drying and cool to wear in the hot weather.

Shorts
Long days on the water call for versatile clothes, and my preference are pants that have zip off legs like the convenient long pant style that convert to shorts. That way, I can have shorts on during the day and add the legs back on to the shorts if it gets cool on the return ride in the evening. Just like the shirt, listed above, remember to look at a stain resistance material. The short material has to have a minimum UPF 50+ sun protection. Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon construction features allow these pants to travel in your luggage and still look good while on the water. My pants have to have plenty of pockets because I carry a lot of stuff on me when I am fishing. Now there are days when I just want to wear shorts and I leave the long pants on shore.

Shoes/Sandals
I have two shoes/sandals I wear when fishing in the summer, one is a flip flop and the other is a water shoe. Comfortable feet are a must when I am fishing. I want a lightweight sandal that has a soft foot bed. If you wear sandals, you want a flexible material, light weight and ventilated. The upper material should conform easily to your foot. If you want comfort on your feet, you must look forward to spending around $25. A quality product will also be UV-resistant, odor-resistant, slip-resistant and easy to clean. If I want to wear shoes fishing during the day, I wear a shoe that is made with waterproof materials. You want a shoe that will dry fast when it gets wet. My shoes have a drainage tunnel to remove water quickly from inside the shoe. That way, I am not sloshing around in my shoes, on the boat deck causing blisters on my feet. Try the shoes with elastic bungee lacing because you can pull them tight once they get wet and loose. Like any shoe on a boat, you want to have a non-slip and non-marking rubber outsole.

crocs (Picture courtesy of Crocs)

 

Hats
A hard hat liner might sound a bit unconventional, but it will keep your neck, ears and head warm in cold weather. In the summer, I wear a wide-brimmed hat on the water. This will guard against sunburn, overheating and overexposure to the sun. The preferred head covering is a wide bream hat, not a cap. Although the popular and seen-everywhere ball caps help some, a hat with a full brim is made to protect the head, face, neck and ears. Make sure the hat is made with a breathable material so your scrap can breathe. Keep in mind that water reflects the sun. It intensifies the effect of the rays, and even brings them up from the water surface to your face that is under a hat.

Gloves
Lots of anglers don't like wearing gloves while fishing, as it can make casting the rod and reeling in catches much more tricky. If you go on fishing boat trips, you'll probably want a pair though to keep your hands warm on the journey, before the actual fishing starts. However, in the summer time, you need protection on your hands. A few years ago, I had the chance to talk to Shaw Grigsby, and he told me once you had a skin cancer cell removed from your hand you will wear gloves all the time. The pain from the surgery is very bad, and it is so simple to put on a pair of gloves to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. The best gloves have a built-in UPF sun protection.


shaw (Picture courtesy of Strike King Fishing Lures)

Sunglasses
 This summer I am wearing the Costa Rockport sunglasses. They are their newest rimless sunglasses from Costa Del Mar. These sleek, sporty shades are unique with full eye coverage and lightweight fit, without compromising durability. The Rockport sunglasses offer thicker, wider temples to block light from entering from the sides. These glasses will make you forget they're on. I wear 100% polarized lens because they block yellow light from entering the eye which eliminates glare. I really like the Rockport sunglasses because they fit my face properly. If the sunglasses are correctly fitted, it will allow the lens to breathe around your eyes. More than anything, this will not allow the sunglasses not to fog up when air is passing between your lenses and the skin about the eyes. Remember what I say about good sunglasses; you get what you pay for and you must demand quality!

rockport (Picture courtesy of Costa Sunglasses)

Facemask
 The latest fishing crazy for summer time is the face covers or buff’s. Wearing one of these means you can wear it as a face mask to skip the sun screen in your face. No smelly stuff on your wonderful bait any more. The stretchy, seamless microfiber polyester buff’s fabric comes in different patterns and looks. The material is designed to wick moisture at the surface for lightweight and comfortable protection from sun and wind. These buff's may be worn comfortably as a neckerchief, scarf, headband or balaclava. They are perfect for fishing, hiking, paddling and many other outdoor activities. All of them machine wash, and you should allow them to air dry before the next usage. Another reason to wear this item is the bugs. My last trip out night fishing with all those tiny little gnats/bugs started buzzing around and getting in my face, nose and eyes I was covered with my buff. More than anything I really like all the different ways you can wear them!

Additional Extras
The number #1 most important thing we all should not go to the lake without is a good-quality life jacket. I must admit, I never go fishing or even just boating without wearing it; I love my family too much. Remember if you every fall in with all the above on, you must be able to swim. A live vest should be worn on top of everything else it is really hardly noticeable, and it could save your life.  I would recommend looking at the Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest; this vest cost $289. This type of life jacket inflates only under hydrostatic pressure. Just buy the automatic inflatable type vest, there is no substitute. The competition version of this vest is stylish. It features a secure zip closure that can withstand rigorous activity; heavy duty coated nylon for increased durability, and is very lightweight, comfortable, and compact. It will keep you on top of the water long enough to allow yourself to get back in the boat. Attach your kill switch to your life vest any time your gas motor is running.

Wearing the right clothes is essential for anglers, as it's inevitable that you're going to be spending large amounts of time sitting around in the sun. Even when you're actively fishing, there isn't that much physical movement involved, so you can't rely on this to keep you cool, in the summer. Please dress with protection and safety in mind!

 

What I use & wear:

·  Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

http://www.drugstore.com/coppertone-sport-sunscreen-lotion-spf-50/qxp44855

·  Bass King – BassTech Sun shirt

http://www.basskingclothing.com/shop/performance/bass-king-basstech-short-sleeve-

·        World Wide Sportsman Nylon Angler Shirts for Men - Long Sleeve http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsmanreg;-Nylon-Angler-Shirts-for-Men--Long-Sleeve/product/10231400/233891?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

·   World Wide Sportsman Blue Water Amphibious Shoes for Men – Olive

http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-Blue-Water-Amphibious-Shoes-for-Men-Olive/product/11092205011633/262879

·   Crocs™ Modi Flip Sandal for Men – Black

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002JCSXN8/ref=asc_df_B002JCSXN82013602/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B002JCSXN8&linkCode=asn&hvpos=1o2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=658671395238336150&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

·    Hats

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FISHING-SUMMER-HAT-LONG-NECK-FLAP-3-BRIM-GRAY-/310410081295?pt=US_Hats&hash=item4845e1f40f#ht_500wt_1180

·    Gloves

http://www.basspro.com/Glacier-Glove-Abaco-Sun-Gloves/product/10215364/229994

·    Sunglasses - Costa Rockport

https://www.costadelmar.com/shop/sunglasses/rockport

·   Facemask - Buff

http://www.basspro.com/Limited-Edition-Bass-Pro-Shopsreg;-Largemouth-Bass-Buffreg;/product/10225011/130591?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT#description

·  Life Jacket - Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest with HIT

http://www.basspro.com/Mustang-Survival-Competition-Inflatable-PFD-Vest-with-HIT&153;-Model-MD3183-BC/product/98131/119097

 

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops in Atlanta, GA, a freelance outdoor writer, a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia and a part owner of Wave Away, LLC.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

 

Follow him on www.facebook.com/tombranchjr  and http://twitter.com/tombranchjr

 

Blog: http://outonalimbwithtombranchjr.blogspot.com/

 

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The Eyes have it!

As a fisherman I believe in sunglasses for more than one reason. For years I went fishing without sunglasses, not knowing the damage that the sun could do to my eyes. The same UV rays that bleach out the seats in your boat, fade the paint on your vehicle and burn your skin can cause serious damage to your eyes. Most vehicles today have what they call ‘Solar Ray’ glass which filters out most of the harmful UV rays. But in our boats, we have no protection so it is very important to wear sunglasses that have a UV protection. Some of the glasses can cost upwards of $300 or more like, Costa Del Mar, Maui Jim, Wiley-X, Oakley, Flying Fisherman and so on. These brands make some real high quality and very nice eye wear, but you do not have to spend a small fortune to protect your eyes. Flying Fisherman also makes some very affordable, nice eye wear as well for under $30. Bass Pro Shops XPS also makes some very nice sunglasses with the UV protection you need and in a large variety of styles. BPS even has the ‘Fish Eyes’ line that has a magnifying bifocal to help you tie your favorite knot without changing to your reading glasses. I use these because of some of the damage I did to my eyes when I was younger and thought I was indestructible. Head to your closest Bass Pro Shops and talk with our friendly and knowledgeable associates who will help you find the right eye wear for you and your budget. Remember to be safe and courteous on the water, protect yourself and others. Always use sunscreen on your skin and polarized sunglasses with UV protection for your eyes.

 Bass Wishes;

Bert Gibson

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Kenny Chesney Costas

Kenny's Costas with Accessories

Kenny's Costas are here!

Costa Del Mar has continued its partnership with Kenny Chesney, releasing several special edition frames, and a portion of those precedes will go to benefit the Coastal Conversation Association (CCA).  Last year's models raised over $50,000 towards costal repair and protection efforts by the CCA, and this year is shaping up to be even bigger!

This year's frames are the Caballito, Hammerhead, Hammock, Maya, and Switchfoot.  There are several special edition colors for these frames, including Ocean Blue Caballito, Sand White Hammock, Bay Green Maya, and Coral Pink Switchfoot.  The real kicker to these is the specail edition cleaning cloth, neoprene strap, carrying case, and hat, which are included with the glasses, for the same price as a regular pair of Costas!  Lens options for the Kenny Costas are limited however, with only the 400p, 400g, and 580p available, with no 580g options.  These come with the same limited lifetime warranty that all Costas have, against parts and manufacturing.

These are selling fast and we won't be getting more in until next year, so don't wait and snag yourself a pair before they're gone! 

Luke Farabee

Sunglass Department

Spanish Fort, Alabama

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Cover your eyes in shades for the summer

Attention fishermen, hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts.   If you are in need of a great pair of sunglasses come on in to Bass Pro Shops.  We carry a great selection of sunglasses to cover all of your needs.  We have glasses from Costa Del Mar, Oakley, Maui Jim and Wiley X.  For those of you that wear prescription glasses we have Cocoons that fit over your glasses for that additional protection from the sun.  We also carry glasses that some of the famous Bass Pro Anglers, including Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance.  Look in our store for our sunglass racks you will find glasses on them from Bass Masters, Columbia and Polorvision.  For those of you that need a little help seeing the fine line when tying knots or just out on the boat with a good book we also carry polarized bi-focals.   In addition to many more sunglasses Bass Pro Shops also carries accessories to go with your sunglasses to keep them protected and safe when they are not being used.

 

Costa Del Mar

Now that I have told you what we carry. let me tell you about some of the benefits.  Using polarized sunglasses helps to cut the glare when you are out on that beautiful lake catching fish, looking up in the sky to get those birds, across the field watching the deer come in makes the experience that much better when you don’t have the sun getting in your eyes.  It also protects your eyes from harmful rays from the sun.  My husband has owned a pair of polarizes glasses for years and will not go out fishing without them, they help him see into the water and keeps the glare off the water if he is using a bobber to fish so he doesn’t miss a hit on the line.

So if you are in need of a new pair or just want to see what we have stop on bye our Gurnee store.  If you have any question, please just ask any of our associates and they will be more than willing to give you a hand in selecting a pair that is just right for you.

Hope to see ya soon!!!!!!!!!!!

by Terri Angelos

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Costa Del Mar

Plan on spending your weekend out on your new boat enjoying the Florida lifestyle? How about flats fishing for that elusive redfish or snook? Whether you’re just protecting your eyes from the harsh conditions of the Florida sun or sight fishing like the professional captains do, Costa Del Mar sunglasses gives you the clarity and protection needed for any outdoor activity. It is a scientific fact that the glare coming off of the water is twice as harmful for your eyes as the sunlight itself, which is why it’s important to wear a quality pair of sunglasses. Backed by their superb lifetime warranty, and with their patented polarized technology baked into every lens, it’s hard to find a better brand of sunglasses on the market.

Tortoise Brine frame with the 580G Green Mirror lenses

Two important things should be noted before purchasing a pair of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses: 
1. Lens Material:  Costa Del Mar makes three patented lenses (400G, 580P, and 580G). An easy way to remember what ‘P’ and ‘G’ stand for is simple—plastic and glass.
a. 580P is the new lens material Costa Del Mar came out with in 2011. It is the most durable lens Costa makes. Built with the ANSI certified Z87.1 material, the standard for high-impact resistant lenses, these lenses can be used for sports and everyday wear alike.
 
b. 400G is the lens Costa was founded on and got their name from. No plastic lens anywhere can touch the clarity a glass lens can give. Period. The 400G is extremely scratch resistant and has superb clarity.

c. What separates Costa from other brands is their patented 580G lens. 580 is the spectrum of light that actually reduces the light in the yellow spectrum. Yellow light is the toughest light for the human eye to process; therefore, the 580 lens eliminates the yellow light, and increases red, green, and blue spectrums of light. The 580G lens is the lens worn most by charter captains and fishing guides to spot fish.
 
2. Lens Color:
a. Green Mirror, Silver Mirror, Copper, and Amber lenses are used primarily for inshore fishing and low light conditions. These lenses specialize in making colors ‘pop out’ that would otherwise be unnoticed to the naked eye.

b. Blue Mirror and Gray lenses keep everything natural and doesn’t enhance contrast, but they are the most comfortable for offshore fishing because they are the darkest lens and help keep your eyes comfortable even during the harshest light conditions.
Sporting the largest selection of Costa’s anywhere in Southwest Florida, our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Bass Pro Shops of Ft. Myers can help you find the perfect pair of sunglasses that fits your situation. And if we don’t carry a particular style you’re looking for? No problem, we can special order—at no extra cost—any lens and frame combination Costa makes available to the public.

 

-Kevin Ballantine, Sunglasses

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Kenny Chesney = Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

You know, Kenny is ok in my book!

I got a nice note and picture from my friend Liz at Full Circle PR the other day I wanted to share with the Costa Nation and my fishing friends.   Full Circle PR, is the marketing company for Costa Del Mar sunglasses.  The photo was taken earlier this week of country music superstar Kenny Chesney and Amanda Perryman from Costa Sunglasses.  Kenny and Amanda are presenting a check for $50,000 to Pat Murray to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association.  These funds were raised through sales of the Kenny Chesney Limited Edition Costa Sunglasses throughout his “Goin’ Coastal” concert tour last year.

Kenny Chesney

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources.  The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. 

CCA is good group in my eyes because they help us all catch more fish!  So a big thanks goes out to Kenny and the folks at CCA.......

You can read more about Coastal Conservation Association at: http://www.joincca.org/index.html

Also don't forget about our friends at Costa - join the nation of Costa! http://www.costadelmar.com/

 Thanks for reading….. BRANCH   

Follow us on www.facebook.com/tombranchjr  and http://twitter.com/tombranchjr   

Tom Branch

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2012 Costa Del Mar Styles!!

The new Costa Del Mar styles have arrived just in time for the 2012 Spring Fishing Classic.

The Rockprt is a light-weight, rimless 580P with a large fit. This and several of the rimless styles are now available in a blue mirror lens.

For the  fashion minded, try out the new Hammock and Las Olas. For the early morning fisherman, Costa Del Mar is reintroducing their sunrise lens. This yellow lens is a high contrast lens that enhances depth perception.

We have something for everyone here at the Dania store with our wide selection of Costa Del Mar sunglasses among other brands.

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Polarized Sunglasses: An Angler's Best Friend

Ask a variety of anglers to identify their most important piece of equipment and you’ll get a variety of answers. In my opinion, the most important piece of equipment you should take on the water with you is a quality pair of polarized sunglasses.

 

JimWe’ve all had to shield our eyes from sunlight reflecting off the water or “glare.” Glare is caused when reflected light aligns horizontally, in high concentrations. Polarized lenses block this horizontal light that is being reflected towards our eyes. Glare on the water’s surface is also removed, leaving clear vision and the ability to “see” through the water.

 

The benefits of polarized lenses are the ability to see through the surface of the water and protection of your eyes.  Polarized lenses first became available in 1936, when Edward Land began experimenting with making lenses using his patented Polaroid filter.  Quality polarized sunglasses are relatively easy to find.  Some of the more popular brands include Oakley, Ray-Ban, Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar.Vandam

 

Seeing through the water’s surface allows you to spot fish, locate underwater structures and identify changes in depth. Polarized lenses help protect the eye from ultraviolet radiation.

 

Lenses are available in a variety of colors, each with different advantages depending on the conditions in which you’re fishing.

            Gray: General purpose tint, good choice for sunny and bright days.

            Brown: Best compromise between color and contrast. Good for sensitive eyes.

            Copper: Best on cloudy or overcast days.

            Amber: Enhances available light, good for dusk and dawn.

 
Find a pair of sunglasses that fits well is another consideration.  The frames should fit snugly on your nose and ears, but not pinch or rub. The weight should be evenly distributed between ears and nose.

Finally, like any other pieces of fishing equipment, there are accessories to consider.  If your sunglasses didn't come with a hard or padded case, buy one. This will protect from scratches and crushing, and will help keep your lenses clean. A microfiber cleaning cloth will prevent lens scratches and a retainer or neck strap is practically a requirement.

A polarized pair of sunglasses is just as important as your tackle and rods. Choosing the right pair will protect your eyes from the elements (and the errant mis-cast) and help you catch more fish!

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Sunglass Readers

maui jimThere comes a time in most everyone's life where they need to use reading glasses.

It can be frustrating when you are in the boat and changing back and forth from sunglasses to reading glasses and back to sunglasses. For things like tying knots or being able to read your electronics, or if you are in your car, trying to see your GPS or your phone (which we all know is a no-no but we still do it), well the solution to your problem is sunglasses with readers.

You can get some of your favorite sunglasses with readers. Maui Jim has 2 of their most popular styles (Ho'okipa and Makaha) available with 1.50, 2.00, or 2.50 power. With a hidden bifocal encased in a lightweight polycarbonate lens, you get the quality and clarity of a Maui Jim polarized sunglass with the benefit of a reader.   

We all know what a great lens Costa Del Mar has and now you can get the Costa Del Mar C-Mates in some of your favorite styles like Fathom, Pescador, Isabella, and others. They are available in a 1.75 or 2.50 power.
                                                           fathom

We have a variety of brands and styles to fit everyone's price range.

Karla Collette
Sunglass Lead
Dania, FL

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