UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens Review

Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens Review
Costa Sunglasses

Costa Sunglasses makes a wide range of glasses and lenses targeted at about everyone – from folks who want to look cool at the beach to anglers looking for tarpon on the flats. The Sunrise Silver Mirror lens is probably the most bass-angler targeted lens yet, and I think it’s a real success.

 

Costa Sunglasses

The reason for the yellow

Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses are meant to be worn in low-light conditions – they’re essentially a yellow lens with a light mirroring on them. Costa says they allow for 30% light transmission, which is about three times as much light transmission as you’ll get with a more standard copper lens. They’re polarized to reduce glare, but because they let so much light through you can see in much darker conditions than usual – Costa says these lenses are ideal for cloudy or rainy days as well as the morning or evening, before the sun has really gotten up. Costa also says that because more light gets through, these are particularly good for spotting bedding bass.

Costa Sunglasses

I’ve worn them almost exclusively for about half a year now in bright Florida sun at high noon, cloudy April days on Kentucky Lake, chilly winter days on Candlewood Lake and many other conditions. Through it all, I believe the claim that they excel for sight-fishing is nearly 100 percent true. For one, plenty of the best sight-fishermen in the country have adopted them, from Todd Castledine to Scott Canterbury. Personally, I definitely think I’ve seen more bass with them, and I believe I’ve noticed a positive difference between my ability to spot bass and others not wearing the Sunrise Silver Mirrors in the same boat as me.

I’ve long been a believer in using more than one color lens, so the idea that a yellow lens would be good for sight-fishing and morning light isn’t surprising to me. What is surprising is just how versatile I’ve found them to be. I routinely wear the Sunrise Silver Mirrors all day long and that seems to be common practice for folks who own them. Because more light gets in, it’s just easier to see fish, which is the name of the game.

One worry I recently put to bed was how they would do for smallmouths. I figured that because smallmouths are brown and their beds don’t really look like a largemouth bed the glasses might not perform as well. Shayne McFarlin put that to bed in the Costa FLW Series on Champlain, and I got out afterwards and put my mind at ease as well. I think you can pretty safely say these lenses will be excellent on iffy days for smallmouth sight-fishing.

 

Costa Sunglasses

A few drawbacks

I’ve worn the Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses a ton lately, and though they are good in nearly all conditions I do think you should probably have a second pair of glasses with a darker lens. I’m sure it depends on your eyes, but there have been a few days when I’ve gotten off the water with a headache that I think might have at least a little something to do with wearing yellow lenses in a ton of sun. On that note, my eyes got pretty tired after a long day of idling in the strong summer sun on Kentucky Lake with these lenses – they’re versatile lenses no doubt, but I wouldn’t want them to be my only pair.

Currently, the Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses only come in polycarbonate, not glass. It’s a little less scratch-proof than glass and not quite as clear, but they’re still very good. I’d worn glass Costas a bunch before, and I honestly didn’t realize these weren’t until I looked it up after someone mentioned it to me. If glass is your jam, you may be out of luck. That said, if the Sunrise Silver Mirror continues to be as popular as they have been, Costa will probably try to fill that gap in the lineup.

Finally, they’re expensive. Obviously, you don’t expect Costa glasses to be cheap, but spending nearly $200 on a pair of glasses you may not want to wear all the time is quite a commitment. I think they’ll catch you more bass and make you a better sight-fisherman, but making the call on something that pricey is a personal decision, no matter how much value they’ll provide.

 

Costa Sunglasses

The verdict

I think if you get a pair of your favorite Costa frames with Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses you’ll be impressed. They’re great for sight-fishing, and also awesome for driving a boat in the rain, takeoff or at dusk.


Pros

  • Dynamite for sight-fishing
  • Good for nasty weather days
  • More versatile than you might think

Cons

  • You probably want some darker lenses to go with them
  • Not cheap
  • The yellow/silver is slightly goofy looking if fashion is a concern
  • Not available in some frame styles

Details

Company: Costa Del Mar

Lens: Sunrise Silver Mirror

Material: Polycarbonate

Price: $188 and up

Tags: costa  jody-white  tech-tackle-reviews 

Top 10 Baits from Lake Champlain

Top 10 Baits from Lake Champlain

As usual, the fishing on Lake Champlain was great. Pros and co-anglers alike loaded the boat with smallmouths and largemouths each day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event, and they did it with a wide array of techniques. If you’re wondering what to throw up north when there are green and brown fish on the table in the early summer, you could hardly go wrong with anything the pros in the top 10 used.  READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Champlain

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Champlain

Grueling wind on day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division opener on Lake Champlain didn’t do the field any favors, but otherwise, it was a heck of a tournament on the big northern fishery. The aftereffects of an odd spring with high water had things somewhat scrambled, putting some of the local participants on their off foot, but a variety of patterns proved to be successful. READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 3

Champlain Midday Update – Day 3

While day two was windy and rough, day three has pretty much been calm from the get-go. It has also been hot as blazes. It’s made fishing a little tougher than expected, with a lot of anglers reporting missed or lost fish and a generally slower bite. That said, a slow bite on Champlain is a great bite most everywhere else, so we’re still going to see plenty of bass. READ MORE »

McKee Takes Co-Angler Title

McKee Takes Co-Angler Title

Weighing in 16 pounds, 2 ounces on day three, Henry McKee beat out co-angler superstar Gary Haraguchi for the win in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division on Champlain. With a 47-8 total, McKee won a $1,050 and a brand-new Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower outboard. READ MORE »

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Taking the win in wire-to-wire fashion, Bryan Thrift tallied 18 pounds, 4 ounces on the final day for an even 57-pound total in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain. For the win, Thrift earned $44,200 and a new Ranger boat, and it’s his 11th win with FLW. The Northern Division is presented by Gajo Baits and the tournament was presented by Polaris.  READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

One of the windier tournament days in recent memory did a lot to reshape the leaderboard of the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. The run south to Ticonderoga was not impossible, but the wind up north kept a lot of pros from effectively fishing their best stuff. That made weights drop pretty much across the board on day two. READ MORE »

Thrift Still Ahead on Champlain

Thrift Still Ahead on Champlain

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Champlain featured a bunch of wind and a lot of turnover on the leaderboard. Though he struggled to replicate his massive day-one success, Bryan Thrift still managed 16 pounds, 6 ounces for a 38-12 total to retain the lead. Behind him, Scott Dobson rose from ninth to second with a robust bag of smallmouths worth 18-10 for a 37-14 total. READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 2

Champlain Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series event presented by Polaris on Lake Champlain is going to be quite a swing from day one. Typically turnover in the standings is common on Champlain because the weights stay so tight, but today’s turnover is going to have a lot to do with the weather. READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 1

Champlain Midday Update – Day 1

Takeoff was a little blustery, but overall, it’s been a perfect start to the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. The event is the kickoff of the Northern Division, which is presented by Gajo Baits, and the tournament itself is presented by Polaris. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Last year, every event in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division, which is presented by Gajo Baits, was won entirely with smallmouth bass. This season, the kickoff event on Champlain, which is presented by Polaris, looks destined to involve some largemouths. Everyone in the top five weighed green ones on day one, though somewhat surprisingly, the south end down by Ticonderoga didn’t play an overwhelming role, as only three of the top 10 anglers made the long run southward. READ MORE »

Go-Time Again on Champlain

Go-Time Again on Champlain

Each of the last three years have seen the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits kick off on Champlain. This tournament, which is presented by Polaris, should offer great fishing like usual, but the dominant pattern certainly won’t be spawning smallmouths. Instead, it could be a largemouth slugfest, as the fishing has continued to prove strong on the south end of the lake. READ MORE »

Thrift Takes Command on Champlain

Thrift Takes Command on Champlain

Less than three weeks removed from a third-place finish on Lake Champlain in the FLW Tour’s 2019 season finale, Bryan Thrift hauled 22 pounds, 6 ounces of green fish to the weigh-in stage to take the day one lead in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division opener, which is presented by Polaris. In second, Brandt Tumberg weighed 21-10, and Joe Wood is just an ounce behind him with 21-9 for third.  READ MORE »

Check-in Time: Brian Latimer 

Check-in Time: Brian Latimer 

From time to time, FLW checks in with its anglers to find out what they’ve been up to, what they’re listening to, who they’re following and where they’re heading while out on the tournament trail. This week, we caught up with Brian Latimer.  READ MORE »

Summertime on Champlain

Summertime on Champlain

For three years running now, the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits has kicked off on Lake Champlain. The tournament, which is presented by Polaris, should offer great fishing like usual, but it’s going to be far different than the last two FLW Series tilts on the big Northern lake. READ MORE »

TBF/FLW High School National Champions Speak with Outdoor Radio Veteran Jerry Kripp

TBF/FLW High School National Champions Speak with Outdoor Radio Veteran Jerry Kripp

The Northlake Christian School (Covington, La.) bass fishing duo of Sam Acosta, of Madisonville, La., and Christopher Capdeboscq, of Covington, spoke with longtime radio host Jerry Kripp Sunday, July 7, about their win... READ MORE »

Review: Strike King Thunder Cricket

Review: Strike King Thunder Cricket

Ever since Z-Man released the ChatterBait anglers haven’t really had the need to broaden their vibrating jig horizon – and not for lack of options, but simply because the ChatterBait is so good that you don’t really need anything else. With the launch of the Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer a few years ago and the instant buzz surrounding it, the bar was set high for any other vibrating jigs entering the market. READ MORE »

Nelson Wins ROY

Nelson Wins ROY

Ron Nelson blanked on the first day of his first FLW Tour event. Then he got things on track – so on track that he finished the season ninth overall in the standings and above every other rookie to earn the Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award. Winning ROY is typically a career-setting accomplishment, and to go with the hardware Nelson will also receive a Polaris Sportsman® 570 ATV. READ MORE »

Exploring Champlain with Strelic

Exploring Champlain with Strelic

Living about as far as possible from Champlain, Wade Strelic is looking to finish his rookie season strong at the FLW Tour finale. Hailing from Alpine, Calif., near San Diego, Strelic is sitting 28th in points and has made the check cut in three out of six events so far – another good derby will lock him in to the FLW Cup. READ MORE »

Nelson Wraps Champlain Practice

Nelson Wraps Champlain Practice

Ron Nelson is easily in the group of favorites in the event and a bonafide Northern expert, so I was eager to hop in the boat for a morning with the smallie snatcher. Champlain isn’t fishing quite like it was the years he won, but Nelson is still guaranteed to have a lot of eyes on him come day one. READ MORE »

Scouting for Smallies with Felix

Scouting for Smallies with Felix

Over the years, a lot of anglers have established impressive records on Lake Champlain, but few have done it as quickly and authoritatively as Austin Felix. READ MORE »