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Spotlight: Angler Joe Longoria

Who is Joe Longoria?

Joe is a Florida Angler with saltwater in his veins and a love for freshwater that runs deep.

"There's just something about having a rod in my hand that makes life click into place for me. The thrill of the adventure and the challenge of coaxing a catch from the water – that's the stuff that gets my heart racing," - Joe Longoria.

But it's not just about the fish. It's about the memories he makes along the way. Every cast holds the potential for a new story, a new experience. Whether it's the quiet calm of freshwater lakes or the wild dance of the ocean waves, each trip is a unique journey for him.

Don't sleep on the opportunities that fishing brings, either, as it's not just the excitement of a screaming drag; to Joe, it's more about connecting with nature, unwinding and finding a sense of peace in the midst of life's hustle.

We were able to catch up with Joe and learn a little more about his experience with Island Optics and what frames he chose!

IO: Hey Joe! Thanks for taking time out of your day for this. We appreciate you and can't wait to learn more about your experience! But, first, tell us a little more about you... How long have you been fishing, and what got you into it?

JL: I've been casting lines since I could walk – we're talking over 30 years of fishing adventures! It all started with my old man, who had this Sunday ritual of waking me up at the crack of dawn. You know, the whole father-son bonding thing.

Every Sunday morning was a fishing expedition, and those early wake-up calls were like a fishing boot camp. But you know what? I wouldn't have had it any other way. Dad, me, and the quiet anticipation of what the day's catch might be – that's where my love affair with fishing kicked off.

So, you could say the fishing bug bit me early, and it's been a lifelong journey ever since. There's something magical about those early mornings on the water, and I owe it all to my pops for starting me on this wild, wonderful ride.

IO: Amazing! Sounds like you were born for a life on the water! What frames did you choose and what made you gravitate towards them?

JL: Choosing the Angler Frames from Island Optics was a no-brainer for me – I mean, it's right there in the name, and I'm all about that angler life! But let me tell you, it's not just about the cool factor; these frames are my go-to for a reason.

First off, the fit is like a snug hug for my face. You know how some frames can squeeze your temples and give you a killer headache? Not these bad boys. The Angler Frames manage to be secure without feeling like a vice grip on my head.

And here's the game-changer – I can wear them all day. I'm talking a full-day fishing trip, easily over 8 hours straight, and it's like they're not even there. No sliding down my nose, no discomfort – just me, my Angler Frames, and a whole lot of fishing goodness.

So, yeah, it's not just about style; it's about comfort and durability for those long days on the water. Island Optics nailed it with these frames, and I wouldn't trade 'em for anything.

IO: That's great to hear that we could have that big of a positive impact on your fishing experience! We assume you've used other sunglasses prior to trying Island Optics; how do these compare?

JL: I've dabbled with a few other sunglasses in my fishing escapades, but let me tell you, Island Optics takes the crown, no questions asked. These shades have completely revolutionized my fishing game.

The OX2 Polarized lenses? Pure magic. Seriously, they're like the high-definition of eyewear. The clarity is unmatched, helping me spot fish faster than ever before. It's like getting a backstage pass to the underwater world.

And can we talk about the Gator Grip on the frames? It's like they're giving my face a warm, secure hug. No slipping, no sliding – just a snug fit that stays put, even in the wildest conditions.

Now, here's the kicker – the price. Island Optics doesn't just bring the A-game in performance; they do it without breaking the bank. These bad boys are over half the cost of other sunglasses I've tried, and I can confidently say they outshine the competition without burning a hole in your pocket.

So, yeah, tried others, but Island Optics? They've got my vote, hook, line, and sinker.

IO: That's amazing! We're glad to have bumped into you and grateful that you've given us a shot! You mentioned the Gator Grip feature on your Angler frames; does anything else stand out to you?

JL: The specific features that make these frames a comfort kingpin for me are the Gator Grip anti-slip technology and the Lightweight TR-90 Nylon Composite.

First off, let's talk about that Gator Grip magic – it's like velcro for your face, minus the annoyance. These frames stay put, no matter what acrobatics I'm pulling off on the boat. It's a game-changer, especially when you're battling the elements.

Now, the Lightweight TR-90 Nylon Composite is the unsung hero. These frames are so feather-light; it's like they defy gravity. I've worn sunglasses in the past that felt like I had bricks on my face – not these. Whether I'm casting for hours or just enjoying a lazy afternoon by the water, the lightweight design ensures that I barely notice they're there.

So yeah, kudos to Island Optics for nailing the comfort game with these features. They've turned my fishing experience into a comfort haven.

IO: Thanks, Joe! That means a lot! The real question I've wanted to ask someone who is out on the water as much as you: How does the polarization of these sunglasses impact your ability to see while fishing?

JL: The polarization of these sunglasses is a game-changer in my outdoor world. It's like upgrading from standard to high-definition.

Cutting through the glare? Check. These lenses are like my secret weapon against the sun's antics reflecting off the water. No more squinting or awkwardly angling my head to see. It's crystal clear, and I can keep my eyes on the prize – the fish.

And underwater visibility? Don't even get me started. It's like having x-ray vision for the aquatic world. The details, the movement, everything just pops. I can fish more effectively and efficiently, thanks to these lenses revealing the underwater wonders.

So, yeah, Island Optics' polarization isn't just a feature; it's an experience enhancer. They've turned my outdoor adventures into a spectacle, quite literally.

IO: Wow! We're glad you love that OX2 Polarization! Here at Island Optics, we've got over 100 years of experience as a 5th-generation optics specialized family dedicated to bringing the bets of the best to the sunglass world. We're stoked to hear your feedback, Joe!

JL:  I've got to shout it from the rooftops – these Island Optics frames with the OX2 lenses are a game-changer!

In all my years of fishing, these are hands down the best pair of sunglasses I've ever owned. They've given me a secret weapon on the water. I'm seeing and catching fish that others aren't, and it's like having a fishing superpower. So, if you want to up your fishing game and have that extra edge over fellow anglers, Island Optics is where it's at. These frames are more than just sunglasses; they're my key to a whole new level of fishing success.


When you're gearing up for your next fishing expedition, remember these essential features as you choose the perfect pair of fishing sunglasses. Whether you're an experienced angler or new to fishing, Island Optics offers the ideal sunglasses to ensure a fruitful day out on the water.