Fish Vision and Extreme Glow Fishing Lures
Why Today's Glowing Lures Are So Effective At Catching Fish - Big Ones!
Glowing Lures Then
Seems like good things
come in cycles, doesn't? I remember listening to my dad talk about using
glow in the dark fishing lures back in the 1950's. He loved them and said
that they worked great but you had to charge them up every five minutes to
keep them glowing. Back then glowing lures and products were created from
zinc-based additives. These zinc glow products suffered from several
problems when used in luminous fishing lures. While they would charge
quickly they would also quickly lose their glow. You made the zinc products
glow by exposing them to ultraviolet light (UV light) but the UV rays tended
to wear out the zinc glow such that it would glow less and less over time.
And, for the longest time yellow-green was the only glow color you could get
in a glow in the dark product.
Extreme Glowing Lures Now
My how things
have changed. Today's high-tech glow additives allow fishing lure
manufacturers to create luminous or glowing lures with a full spectrum of
glow colors, and the glows are much brighter and last longer than the glow
lures of the past. Today's glow material, like those in the past, is still
energized or charged after being exposed to UV light. Today's glow material
doesn't wear out after exposure to UV rays and can glow just as bright as
new years later. Any source of UV light will do to charge your lures
sunlight, a black light, or a fluorescent light. After an initial charging
of 2-5 minutes your glow lure will glow for up to 8 hours in total darkness.
When fishing in sunlight, you don't have to do anything special to keep your
lure charged. Every time you retrieve your lure to make a cast you will
charge your lure for 5-10 seconds plenty of time to keep it glowing all
day long. Plus, your lure can get UV rays even when it is several feet under
water more on that later.
Why Are Glowing Lures So Good At Catching Fish?
why should you be fishing glowing lures? Well, for one thing anybody who has
fished them has learned that they just plain catch fish. That's usually a
good enough reason for most of us but curious minds want to know why are
glowing lures so good at catching lots of fish in so many different
situations? To understand the catching power of today's glowing lures we
need a little more technical information about how light travels through
water, fish vision, and what it takes to make the total glowing lure
Light and Water
The first part of the glowing lure
secret is light. Light travels through water very differently than it does
through the air. For one thing, different colors of light travel farther
through water better than others do. Reds and oranges travel the least
distance in water before turning to shades of grey with greens next, and
finally blues traveling the greatest distance. So, your lure that looks
bright red in the boat will appear some shade of grey when it is being
fished in 10-15 feet of water. Also if we remember our high school science
class, we will recall that much of the light that hits the water's surface
is reflected back into the sky. Yes, at twelve noon with the sun directly
overhead, in the summer, sun light does a pretty good job of going down
several feet in the water. Move the sun backwards or forwards in the sky an
hour or two and much less of the sunlight hitting the water's surface
penetrates the water's surface.
Anybody who has done much walleye fishing
knows how walleyes will move into shallower water and begin actively feeding
when there is some wind on the surface of the water. That wind takes that
smooth surface of the water and turns it into a very irregular chop pattern
that greatly reduces the amount of light entering the water. Walleyes have
superior light gathering capabilities in their eyes and these reduced light
levels give them a big advantage over prey fish in these situations.
Here's an interesting little fact
about glowing lures. We've said that different colors of light travel better
in water than others. Well, ultraviolet light travels in water about as well
as green light does. If the sun is shining or even on a partially cloudy
day, the UV rays that are hitting your arm and giving you a suntan will also
travel through the water and make your lure glow under water. So even though
you can't see the glow in the boat because of the bright sunlight, at 8 feet
in the water, the UV rays will be causing your lure to instantly glow and
add flash and contrast to your lure to help it standout and attract
So, Why Are Glowing Fishing Lures So Effective?
Walleye fishermen have known for several years about the power of glowing
lures. The secrets out and bass fisherman are beginning to learn of the
benefits of adding glow effects to lures. Even crystal clear water can get
pretty dark pretty quick. When you are fishing in the 6-15 foot range, the
water has already turned shadowy. High-quality glowing lures only need a
slight shadow, not total darkness, to make their glow patterns visible to
the light seeking eyes of that big predator hiding near cover. Bass,
walleye, pike, salmon, trout, steelhead, and many other species of fish have
vision optimized for color selection. Color does make a difference. The
problem is most lures, without glow, look the same color grey when you
get down several feed in the water. Today's glowing lures bring a variety of
colors down to the depths where the fish are actively feeding. These colors
include an ever-increasing palette of violets, blues, greens, yellows,
oranges, and reds. Today's glow lures allow you to add flash, contrast, and
increased color to 8-25 feet, and deeper, fishing. These glow colors greatly
increase the contrast between the lure and its surroundings and allows for
easy locating, tracking, and attacking by predator fish always looking for
that bait fish that stands out from the crowd and looks like easy pickings.
Glow - One Part of Catching Fish
Don't make no green
glowing glob and call it a glowing lure. A luminous lure should always start
with a great color pattern and then add glow effects to make it a killer
pattern. Even if it didn't glow a glowing lure should catch fish just
because the starting color pattern is a known fish attractor. Glow turns a
good lure into a catching machine.
The glow lures that best help you turn fishing into catching use glow
patterns to enhance and add contrast to proven, classic fish catching color
patterns. How do glows enhance color patterns? Take a craw pattern for
example. A good use of glow would be to enhance the large dark scales on the
lure's side to make the lure stand out against the background. Another good
use of glow is to allow glow to come through the fish scales of a shad
pattern, or make the peach chest of a bass pattern standout, or make wounded
fish's eyes truly standout.
Predator fish are known to key in on the
eyes of prey fish. An outstanding use of glow in a lure is oversized glowing
eyes. The predator first locates the eyes so that she will know which way
the prey is swimming and then she pounces. Quality glowing eyes are proven
to enhance a lure's fish catching ability.
The Author - Reid Wender and Photon Lures
Wender, President of Photon Lures,
www.photonlures.com , is an expert in image processing and vision
applications. He has spent the last several years applying that know-how to
creating fishing lures optimized for a fish to see and attack. Photon Lures,
a world-leader in luminous fishing equipment, has gone through the research
and development to create the ideal glowing lure. We are developing an
ever-expanding selection of crankbaits, deep diving cranks, ultra-light
lures, and soft plastics They All Glow! As we've already told you, we
start with proven color patterns and add high-quality glow effects and glow
patterns but we don't stop there. In addition to our great colors and glows,
we have hard plastic body styles with wide wobbles that create the
turbulence and vibration of wounded baitfish along with internal rattles to
completely stimulate the lateral line of Mr. Lunker. Add to these features
huge, oversized, bulging 3D glow eyes and you have a lure that fish can't
and don't ignore.
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