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Glow Lures & UV Activated Lures
Above is an image showing the average absorption of colors in water as the lures go deeper. This chart is an average, with water conditions slightly changing the depths at which some colors will be eliminated. In cleaner water, some colors will be seen deeper than what is shown above. In darker water, some colors may be eliminated sooner than shown. This is a general guide that can be used as a "rule of thumb", so to say.
Glow Lures and UV Activated Lures play a much larger role in fishing than most fishermen realize. While these two terms may sound alike, they actually describe two very different properties found in fishing lures.
Glow Lures, often called "Glow in The Dark Lures", have been around for many years. These lures have been catching fish for decades in both freshwater and saltwater. The term "glow in the dark" refers to a lure that is charged by sunlight, artificial light such as a lamp or ceiling light in your home, that causes the lure to glow in low light conditions and dark water conditions. It is no secret that certain species of fish are attracted to these "Glow Lures" , making them very popular and available in many sizes, styles and brands.
The second type of lure mentioned, "UV Activated Lures" may sound similar, but they are totally different in performance! UV Activated or UV Reflective Lures may also have glow in the dark properties, but they have an added feature in their ability to reflect Ultraviolet Rays, creating a natural glowing area around the lure that man can not see, but certain fish can not resist! This type of glow is the same natural glowing that fish see in their natural bait fish present in their environment.
Here at Jersey Tackle, we have been testing and experimenting with different colors at different depths, to see how much of a difference there really is between the two types of "Glow Lures", ( Regular Glow Lures & UV Glow Lures). Our findings have been overwhelming, in support of the scientific facts that can be found on the internet with a quick search. We have no doubt, that the addition of UV Glow / UV Reflective Paints, do in fact get more attention from fish! Not all fish are receptive to the UV Spectrum, but almost all tuna, striped bass, fluke/flounder and some sharks have shown a much better response to these lures treated with UV Glow. Please understand that we are not scientists, biologists or any type of professional in this field, but we have been testing and experimenting for almost 5 years now in our local waters with overwhelming results! For us, the results are enough to convince us that our findings are pretty accurate. Accurate enough that we have been working with several of our vendors to add these features to their products!
Glow in The Dark Lures:
We have found that regular Glow in The Dark Lures draw more bites, compared to identical lures in other colors, when fishing in darker water, low light conditions or when fishing in water deeper than 60' locally.
Bottom fishing, trolling deep lures and jigging with Glow In The Dark products has shown on average, a 2-1 ratio in favor of the glow lures in the above low light or dark water conditions.
Many lures have shown to become more effective with the addition of glow in the dark paints, resins and epoxies. Everything from trolling during the day with surface lures, to heavy jigs made for deep water jigging, the glow in the dark feature has made a big difference for us and our regular customers!
UV Glow / UV Activated Lures:
Once understanding the difference between the two types of glow lures, we have been working very hard at finding out exactly when & how the UV Spectrum will effect fishing. As with the regular glow lures, our findings have been overwhelmingly consistent with the science behind this. In fact, we have found that the UV Glow theory is even more effective than regular glow lures!
Unlike the findings with regular glow lures and the difference in depths depending on the water conditions and light conditions, we have found that UV Glow Lures are very consistent, no matter what the water or light conditions may be! Dirty water, clean water, night or day, we have found that UV Glow Lures have out fished regular glow and non glow lures by a ratio of at least 6 to 1! The best part of our findings is that this has held true for all depths, from trolling on the surface, to bottom fishing in 100' of water!
We as humans, can not see the ultraviolet spectrum, so we tend to believe it does not exist or matter much. While many animals and fish can in fact see it, giving them many advantages in hunting for their pray! Just because we can't see it, does not mean it does not exist!
We have secretly added both regular glow and UV Glow to many lures & jigs over the years. We have asked both recreational and local charter fishermen to test these products for us. None of them have ever known which product their lures were treated with, in fact to this day, most of them still do not know that they were part of the testing! They just thought we were nice guys, giving them some free lures. We feared telling someone would effect their honesty and results. We were on a mission to see just how much it mattered and we feel that we have our answers.
After 5 seasons of testing, we fully support UV Glow Products over any other type of products for results! The combination of both Glow & UV Glow have proven to be the most effective products, both deep and along the surface and in shallow waters. Since we work with several small companies, we have shared this information with some of them, creating products that will perform better than the average product will.
One of our most interesting findings over the years is that Aqua Glow works better than Green Glow in saltwater! We started making our own line of Aqua Glow Lures this season with some very good results. The human eye can detect the difference when looking for the two colors, but many fishermen will not notice it unless it is pointed out. We believe it has to do with the natural colors of micro organisms and species found naturally in saltwater environments, but again, we are NOT scientists or biologists and this only our belief. There is plenty of information on the internet for rainy day reading that will give you all of the information you need to make your own decisions on why it works so well.
When purchasing lures & jigs, keep in mind that some species of fish do not respond to Ultraviolet Colors. Depending on the target species, you may be wasting your time using UV Glow products. But, for the species that do react to it, you will notice an increase in action.