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Why Glowing Lures Are So Good At Catching Fish
by Reid Wender of Photon Lures

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 fish-
ing 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.

Glowing Lures - Now

My how things have changed. Today's high-tech glow additives 
allow fishing lure manufacturers to create luminous or glow-
ing 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 - sun-
light, 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?

So 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 solution.

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.

Walleye Chop

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.

Suntan Underwater?

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 predators. 

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, fish-
ing. 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

Don't make no green glowing glob and call it a glowing lure. 
A luminous lure should always start with a great color patt-
ern 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.

Glowing Eyes

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.

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