2013 Mako Lens testing Albany Island

Story by Dominic Wiseman

Last December Mako embarked on the first of, we hope many annual trips, this time up to Cape York with the team at CY Fishing Charters located on Albany Island. Along for the trip, we had Cape York newbies, Ian, Tom and Wayne, as well as not quite veterans, Jim Harwell from Fishing World, photog Nick Wood and myself.

The purpose of the trip was to test a variety of new lenses for the 2014/15 season in one of the harshest environments on earth. Based on extensive feedback from our team of Australia wide field testers, Tom, responsible for the final lens combinations in Mako's polarised range, had assembled a multitude of grey, copper and brown base lenses with a variety of mirror finishes which would cover every fishing option available to us. In addition he had also packed the new yellow photo chromic lens we have been working towards for a while as a result of feedback from anglers who often fish very early morning or late evening. Each lens came with a checklist and notes form for each angler to fill out while we were out in the field.

"The Mako brown and copper base lenses were finely balanced

and allowed us to sight cast to fish on flats areas with ease."

As expected the fishing on some days was red hot with extraordinary number of queenfish as well as trevally, mackerel, GTs and a host of other not quite as desirables and a single lonely chinaman. We were able to fish in a wide range of situations which truly enabled a quality test period. The Mako brown and copper base lenses were finely balanced and allowed us to sight cast to fish on flats areas with ease. When flats fishing, it is imperative you have clear glare free vision and the copper and brown lenses provided exceptional contrast. For the wearer, this means that while they reduce glare and reflections, they also allow quality yellow, orange and red light reach your eye and reduce blue and green light, meaning they’re brighter; cut out more water reflection than other tints, so you see more fish (generally not blue or green) and substrate and at a greater distance than you would see with a grey lens base.

When we were fishing offshore in deeper water, many of us opted for the grey lenses. The grey was excellent in these conditions where light was abundant as they cut down the most light of any lens base colour resulting in a more comfortable view for the wearer. This means they’re cutting down more of the light entering your eye than other coloured lenses. They also are the truest colour reproduction to the eye without sunglasses on.

Finally at dawn and dusk we got to try the photo chromic yellow lenses. Yellow lenses are only ever suitable for low light conditions and they provided excellent contrasts. The yellow lenses clearly let in the most light of any test lens and were invaluable for sight fishing on early mornings. Being photo chromic, the lens also darkened meaning a slightly longer wear window than a true yellow lens.

After days of testing and jumping from lens to lens, we compared notes and gave our thoughts on further refinements ahead of the actual models coming in later this year around August 2014. Check for the new lenses with local stockists as we head towards the new season.