UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

Review: Graph Glass

Review: Graph Glass
Graph Glass

This spring, I installed a sheet of Graph Glass on a new 10-inch graph at the console of my boat. Six months later, it’s going strong, and I’m happy to have it every day I fish.

Graph Glass is a tempered screen protector that you can self-install on the most popular models of fishing electronics. For about $45 to $60 per unit, it protects the screen from flying tungsten or other projectiles, and there are other benefits as well. As far as I can tell, it’s a real winner of a product.

 

Solid protection

Graph Glass is the brainchild of FLW Tour pro John Hunter, and he’s been using it or prototypes of it on his Lowrance units for about two years now. According to Graph Glass, the product is “explosion proof” and tested to be very resistant to scratches. It’s also touch friendly, just like a screen protector on a phone, so it’ll work on all the touch screens that come on most every Lowrance unit.

Previously, I hadn’t thought much about screen protectors for my graphs. I’ve seen my share of busted screens, but they have always been on someone else’s boat. I haven’t gone out and taken a hammer to my graph to test it, but based on the existing market for screen protectors and everything I can tell about Graph Glass, it seems like a product that’s almost essential on larger, more expensive units. I know for sure that it’s given me a lot more confidence to trailer down dirt roads, and taken the fear out of missed hooksets on the back deck.

 

The visuals

There are standard and anti-glare models available, and both are easy to see through. Off the screen, the anti-glare versions have a frosted or matte finish, but once you turn the screen on it’s not noticeable. Hunter says the anti-glare models have been a huge hit, and that, although you lose a little transparency, the amount of glare you get on bright days is dramatically less than you’d get on a unit without Graph Glass or with the standard version.

With the standard model, the screen is definitely slightly dimmer on really bright days, but I don’t think you’re missing out on much, especially when you get used to it. I know that I’ve spent plenty of summertime hours idling around with my eyes trained to my graph, and I haven’t once thought about taking the Graph Glass off.

 

My favorite perk

It’s not the main point of the product, but my favorite thing about Graph Glass might be the oleophobic coating on it. That coating is oil resistant and essentially means that any smudge you do get on the screen will wipe right off. Compared to my older unit next to it, I can get the screen with Graph Glass significantly cleaner, and it starts out cleaner as well. It’s really night and day, and once you get used to screens that are actually clean it’s hard to go back.

 

The install

Like a screen protector for a cell phone, Graph Glass sticks right on the screen of your graph. It comes with a wipe and a microfiber towel in the package to prep the screen, and the instructions to install it are clear and easy. I’m terrible at putting stickers on things, so I was a little concerned, but after cleaning the screen thoroughly and sticking it on carefully, I believe my install was a success. Because Graph Glass is rigid, it’s fairly easy to line up and make sure you get it on how you want it. With more than six months use, I haven’t seen it even begin to come off.

John Hunter install video

 

The verdict

I’m all-in on Graph Glass. There isn’t a size for every unit on the market, but they cover most of the more popular ones. I think especially if you have a graph with a really big screen it’s an add-on that you should consider. The price seems pretty fair to me as well, especially when you consider the amount of money at stake. Beyond the initial purchase price of a modern 10-inch electronics unit, it can cost upward of $300 to get a new screen installed, and on top of that you’re without the unit while it’s off getting fixed.

 

Details

Company: Graph Glass  

Product: Graph Glass

Models: Sizes for most current Lowrance and other units

Price: $42.99 to $59.99

Tags: product-review  bass-fishing  depth-finder  lowrance  jody-white  tech-tackle-reviews 

Northern Division Heads to Sandusky

Northern Division Heads to Sandusky

Swiftly rescheduled due to New York’s recently announced travel restrictions, the Toyota Series Northern Division is now kicking off on Lake Erie, launching out of Sandusky, Ohio, July 9-11. The event is the first of three in the division, with the others scheduled for August on Lake Champlain and on the Detroit River in September. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

Though Jacob Wheeler won the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga in grand style, his win didn’t impact the Angler of the Year standings. Only the original Pro Circuit anglers were competing for AOY points. That means the AOY focus is still on Ron Nelson, who slipped off his blazing pace a bit, but still holds the lead heading into the final two regular-season events in July and August on the Mississippi River and the Detroit River, respectively. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Chickamauga

Top 10 Baits from Chickamauga

When so many anglers are throwing similar baits and running similar patterns, doing something a little different can be quite the advantage. Sure enough, the pros who made the top 10 at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga all had techniques or tactics of their own to set themselves apart. READ MORE »

Shenandoah Div. Restarts on the Potomac

Shenandoah Div. Restarts on the Potomac

Competition in the Shenandoah Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine will restart at the Potomac River on June 27. With the river’s bass fully into the postspawn now, the event should be a classic summertime Potomac derby. READ MORE »

Previewing Chick: Can Other Lakes Play?

Previewing Chick: Can Other Lakes Play?

When the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit picks back up next week with the Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga, the famous lake isn’t the only reservoir available to pros in the event. If they want, pros will be able to run and lock up into Watts Bar Lake or down into Nickajack Lake. READ MORE »

48-Pound Limit Weighed at FLW Zimbabwe Event

48-Pound Limit Weighed at FLW Zimbabwe Event

From the moment registration opened for the second year of FLW Zimbabwe competition, it was obvious that FLW was here to stay. With Zimbabweans Roger Cousens and Denis Todd winning the International Division titles at the Toyota Series Championship on Lake Cumberland in November 2019, and Roger having been awarded a pro berth to compete on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit in the USA in 2021, every aspiring angler was out to be the next in line. READ MORE »

Review: Berkley PowerBait The Deal

Review: Berkley PowerBait The Deal

Designed by Major League Fishing pro Skeet Reese, the Berkley PowerBait The Deal is a unique twin-tailed trailer that’s right at home on the back of a vibrating jig or a swim jig. The Deal comes in 3 1/2- and 4 1/2-inch versions (I tested the 4 1/2), all the standard colors and has already seen tournament success. READ MORE »

Review: Abu Garcia Revo EXD

Review: Abu Garcia Revo EXD

Sleek-looking with purple accents, the Abu Garcia Revo EXD looks like it should be something special. After slinging a lot of jerkbaits and topwaters with it and using it to put a bunch of fish in the boat, I think it lives up to its looks. READ MORE »

Livingston’s Cooper and West Liberty’s Adkins Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Dale Hollow Lake

Livingston’s Cooper and West Liberty’s Adkins Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Dale Hollow Lake

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Byrdstown with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Dale Hollow Lake events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic... READ MORE »

Lexington’s Thomas Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on High Rock Lake, Earns Lucrative PHOENIX Bonus

Lexington’s Thomas Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on High Rock Lake, Earns Lucrative PHOENIX Bonus

SALISBURY, N.C. – Boater Jason Thomas of Lexington, North Carolina, earned the win Saturday at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at High Rock Lake after bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 17 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Thomas earned a total of $11,794... READ MORE »

McAlester’s Eldridge and Bokchito’s Burkett Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Eufaula Lake

McAlester’s Eldridge and Bokchito’s Burkett Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Eufaula Lake

EUFAULA, Okla. – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Eufaula with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Eufaula Lake events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization... READ MORE »

Huntsville’s Barnett Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Indian Lake

Huntsville’s Barnett Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Indian Lake

LAKEVIEW, Ohio – Boater John Barnett of Huntsville, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds even to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Indian Lake in Lakeview, Ohio. For his victory, Barnett earned a total of $4,872... READ MORE »

Big Bags Expected at Eufaula

Big Bags Expected at Eufaula

Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine competition in the Bulldog Division picks up again with a weekend doubleheader June 20 and 21. READ MORE »

The Top 5 Limits of All Time

The Top 5 Limits of All Time

Catching 25 pounds in a single tournament day is a pretty rare feat, and catching five bass for 30 pounds in a tournament has been done fewer than 200 times in FLW history. Knowing just how special those giant limits are, we decided to dig into some of the top bags from years past. READ MORE »

Kentucky’s Kelly Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on South Holston Reservoir

Kentucky’s Kelly Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on South Holston Reservoir

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Boater Danger Kelly of Somerset, Kentucky, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on South Holston Reservoir in Bristol, Tennessee. For his victory, Kelly earned a total of $3,021... READ MORE »

6 Super Tournament Story Lines

6 Super Tournament Story Lines

The expanded field list for the new Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournaments brings with it some very fun matchups and the potential for some record chases to reignite. Because many of the newly added Major League Fishing anglers have had longer careers than those at the top of the Pro Circuit, they’re in a unique position to chase down some records that otherwise may not have been touched this year. In other cases, it’s simply going to be a pleasure to watch the best of the best duel on some epic bodies of water. READ MORE »

Pickwick Will Produce in a Big Way

Pickwick Will Produce in a Big Way

The second stop of the Toyota Series Central Division ought to be a really good one. Set for Pickwick Lake in late May, the offshore bite ought to be in full swing, with plenty of shallow fish as well. READ MORE »

Anglers React to Super Tournaments

Anglers React to Super Tournaments

When the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season picks back up, it will be with a new schedule, some new anglers and a lot more money in the pot than originally planned. READ MORE »

Pros’ Favorite Baits for May

Pros’ Favorite Baits for May

Across the country, May is a great time for fishing, with tons of bass in and around the spawn and a lot of baitfish species spawning as well. With warming water, it’s a great chance to throw a topwater for the first time, or really to do just about whatever you want in some parts of the country. READ MORE »

How to Make a Buzzbait Squeak

How to Make a Buzzbait Squeak

One of the key aspects of buzzbait fishing is the sound, and Bradley Dortch modifies his with a file and some pliers to get the most squeak he can. READ MORE »