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ICAST Coverage (Innovations) - Everything from clever new storage to transforming watercrafts (continued)

Live Eyewear Vistana: Live Eyewear, the makers of Cocoons, the sunglasses that fit over your prescription glasses, have introduced the Vistana. The Vistana is what I would call the next-generation Cocoons sunglasses. This new pair of polarized sunglasses is much more stylish and has features that greatly increase your peripheral vision.


Kristin Young and Jim Beckman of Cocoons


Live Eyewear makes use of proprietary Dynamic Base Lens Technology (DBT) which is applied to the Polare lens system to provide maximum peripheral vision, and at the same time protect anglers’ eyes from all angles without having independent side shields.


The Vistana ups the style factor for Cocoons as well as the ease of use

In additional the Vistana features polarized UV400 lenses that are also scratch resistant, Flex2Fit temples, case and lens cloth, and Live Eyewear’s lifetime warranty.

Maximum peripheral vision, none of those side shield windows

The Vistana sunglasses are available now and have a MSRP of $49.95. Also on hand were tournament pros Mike Iaconelli and Ish Monroe, both of which sported the newest Cocoons sunglasses.


Pros Mike Iaconelli and Ish Monroe highlight the latest Cocoons


Net ‘N’ Buddy: Each year at ICAST we always see something new and innovative. This time we ran into B&P Innovations, makers of Net ‘N’ Buddy, a simple yet handy product that makes netting fish much easier. The Net ‘N’ Buddy comes in two parts, one side is attached to handle and the other at the tip of the mesh. To connect the two simply put the two pieces together and it’ll hold securely via magnets. Now that it’s in place you can go about netting a fish without having the mesh of the net drag in the water.


Close up of the innovative Net 'N' Buddy


Previously when I net a salmon with my large Lininger salmon net I would use one hand to hold the net up against the handle, then release it as I scooped down. With the Net ‘N’ Buddy this step should be eliminated, and I can have both hands on the handle at all times and controlling the net as it is time to bring the fish onboard.


The Net 'N' Buddy holds netting in place until the fish is landed


Not just for saltwater fishing, when fly fishing one hand is always on the rod controlling the fish while the other on the net. Many times if your net is being dragged by the river current it can make netting more difficult. The Net ‘N’ Buddy should address this problem for anglers.


Robert Piatt shows off the Net 'N' Buddy 


The Net ‘N’ Buddy comes in three different magnetic strengths so all anglers can apply the tool to their big or small nets; 1X, 2X, and 3X. Retail price will be $9.99.


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