Good Sunglasses Help You Catch More Bass

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Mike Iaconelli

I put catching more bass in the title of this blog because I know that’ll get everyone’s attention. The truth is, though, that there are other reasons that are more important — like protecting your vision.

Those reasons fall into three groups. The first, and most important in my mind, is to protect your eyes when you’re fishing. Running down the lake at high speed can be problematic for your eyeballs. Even a small bug can become a dangerous projectile at 70 mph.  And what about the lure snapping back towards you when it gets caught in a tree and you jerk it loose? I know of at least one guy who lost an eye that way.

The second is to protect your eyes from the sun. The sun is harsh on our bodies. Sunburn and dark tans are no longer cool. And so it is with our eyes. Just because we can’t see them burn, or they don’t turn red, doesn’t mean we aren’t damaging them when we squint in the sun all day. If you expect to be fully protected, you should have lenses that protect against all the different kinds of light that comes from the sun.

The third is so that you can see under the water better.  The only real way to do that is with polarized lenses. Anything less won’t cut through the glare, and will ultimately end up being a waste of money as far as I’m concerned.

EYE OJO has developed a couple of different models of sunglasses that are designed for anglers. They’ll protect your eyes and, at the same time, help you catch more bass. The least expensive model is called the RENEGADE Pro.

Renegade Sunglasses
Renegade Sunglasses

They’re polarized, protect against both kinds of UV light and are super strong and tough. They come in different sizes with different lens colors and two styles, rimless and full rim. And, at less than $20 they’re a real bargain.

Their NINE models are a little bit more upscale. They have all the features that the RENEGADE Pro models have, and more. They protect against  infrared radiation and they have two lens options, glass and polycarbonate. Naturally, they come in a bunch of different lens colors, styles and sizes. Those with polycarbonate lens cost $89. With glass lenses they weigh in at $159.

EYE OJO is one of the serious companies in the sunglasses market. They make good stuff that holds up over time. I strongly suggest you give them a careful look before you buy any other brand.

There’s something else I want you to know about them. They make a ton of different kinds of glasses besides fishing sunglasses — motorcycle glasses, clear prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, kids glasses, snow goggles,  and safety glasses. If you need it, they probably have it or can make it.

Their clear safety glasses are especially interesting if you fish at night. They aren’t the big, clunky things of old. They look good. And remember, your eyes need protection from injury after dark just as much as they do during the day.

Grey, Amber & Yellow Renegades
Grey, Amber & Yellow Renegades

The last thing I want to mention is lens color. My preferences are as follows: Gray in bright sunlight, amber when it’s cloudy and overcast, yellow when you want to see under the water.

Don’t take chances with your eyes. Get a good pair of glasses before you go fishing again. Obviously, my choice is EYE ONO. If you want something different, so be it. But, please buy a good pair and wear them. Don’t put it off. That could turn out to be something you’ll regret for the rest of your life.







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Summer Bass Fishing: How To Catch Deep Schooling Bass

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Summer is here and the big bass are moving off shore to deeper water. Has it left you stumped, wondering how to catch them? Tim explains where the fish are headed, how they position, and what baits are most effective for this style of fishing.

Start by locating tapering points, ledges, and areas that have quick deep water access. Once you’ve located these likely areas you’re already ahead of the curve. Using electronics you can quickly locate the “sweet spot” where the fish are sitting on that piece of structure. If you don’t have electronics you simply need to put in some time, fish the entire structure, until you begin catching fish.

Below is a breakdown of the baits Tim has confidence in for locating and activating these schools of fish.

Deep Diving Crankbait…

Strike King 10XD (Sexy Shad, Chart Sexy Shad, Delta Red):
Crush 500DD (Baby Shad, Gizzard Shad, Sexified Chart Shad):
Strike King 6XD (Chartreuse/Blue, Sexy Shad, Summer Sexy Shad):


8″ Magnum Flutter Spoon:
6″ Nichols Flutter Spoon:
6″ Lake Fork Flutter Spoon:


Keitech 5.8, 6.8, 7.8 Swimbaits:
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Blade Runner Spintrix:
7″ Osprey Swimbait:
8″ Basstrix Swimbait:

Tim’s Rod Picks…
Deep Crankbait- Zodias 7’6″ Glass:
Flutter Spoon- Dobyns 805 CB:
Swimbait- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Tim’s Reel Picks…
Deep Crankbait- Shimano Curado DC (Available to Pre-Order):
Flutter Spoon- Curado 200K:
Swimbait- Tranx 300:

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Story courtesy of Mary Jane Williamson

Orlando, FL – Last night, the 25 New Product Showcase Best of Category awards were presented during the New Product Showcase Awards reception held during ICAST, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades.

ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, is now in full swing (July 10 – 13), at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST – in its 61th year as the association’s trade show – is the annual destination for representatives from the global recreational fishing industry to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear, accessories and apparel.

One of the most prominent features for ICAST exhibitors and attendees alike is the New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, embodies the sportfishing industry’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the New Product Showcase awards competition.

This year, 974 products, accessories and apparel were entered by 331 companies into 25 categories, all vying for the overall ICAST 2018 Best of Show award.

“My congratulations go to all of the winners and everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “Remember, there are also 949 products that also deserve recognition. This year, for the first time, all the New Product Showcase entries are available for viewing on and on the ICAST app under the Exhibitor listings. I urge you to check them out.”

“This year we are living up to our reputation as the world’s largest sportfishing trade show,” said Trade Show Director Blake Swango. “We the most attendance and the largest number of exhibitors, ever.”

Swango also noted, “I also want to congratulate our New Product Showcase award winners and thank all our member companies who submitted products for judging. I also thank Fishing Tackle Retailer for their sponsorship of this important event.”

2018 ICAST New Product Showcase Best of Category Award Winners
For product details, images and other information please contact the individual award winners’ contacts listed below.

Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product:  Minn Kota Ultrex

Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Jackson Kayak
Product:  360 Angler

Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa Sunglasses
Product:  Baffin

Best of Category – Footwear – Rivers Edge Products
Product:  Fish Sandals

Best of Category – Giftware – Number 6 Brands
Product:  Cauldryn Coffee

Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product:  Hexatron Performance Fleece

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product:  Hydronaut Heavy-Duty Waterproof System

Best of Category – Electronics – Garmin USA
Product:  Garmin Panoptix LiveScope

Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – YETI
Product:  YETI Tundra Haul

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – YETI
Product:  YETI Panga Backpack 28

Best of Category – Fishing Line – PowerPro
Product:  PowerPro SuperSlick V2 Brand

Best of Category – Kids’ Tackle – AnythingPossible
Product:  Kid Casters DUDE PERFECT Fishing Kit & Casting Game

Best of Category – Tackle Management – Tak Logic Lure Lock
Product:  Lure Locker

Best of Category – Terminal Tackle – Rapala
Product: VMC NEKO Skirt

Best of Category – Freshwater Hard Lure – Westin
Product:  Freddy the Frog

Best of Category – Saltwater Hard Lure – 13 Fishing
Product: Octopi

Best of Category – Freshwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product:  LIVETARGET Hollow Body Crawfish

Best of Category – Saltwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product:  LIVETARGET Fleeing Shrimp

Best of Category – Fly Reel – SEiGLER Reels
Product: Seigler MF Fly Reel

Best of Category – Freshwater Reel – Shimano American Corporation
Product:  Curado DC Baitcasting Reel

Best of Category – Saltwater Reel – Shimano American Corporation
Product: Tekota 500 Levelwind Reel

Best of Category – Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing
Product:  Team Lew’s® Custom Black LFS Combo

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product:  Mojo Trout

Best of Category – Freshwater Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product:  Legend Glass

Best of Category – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product:  Mojo Yak