Do Glow In The Dark Lures Work?

Mark Johnson
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Can you catch more fish with fluorescent lures?

Let’s discuss the use of fluorescent coloured baits in the water.

The first step in fishing is to find your target.

As previously mentioned, there are two types of light-sensitive cells in a fish’s eyes. Photoreception helps a fish avoid light and detect movement. The second type of light cell is opsins and they are capable of detecting ultraviolet light.

Lets tackle the ultraviolet light first.

The wavelength of the fluorescent light source depends on the material used in the attractor. Visible light can have wavelengths that range from 400 to 700 nanometers and ultraviolet light is outside that scale. The ideal source of visible light for most baitfish would be the range of the red light spectrum, roughly from 640 to 660 nanometers. The Q-Pellets of 5.8mm emit a red glow that is much closer than the competing products that emit a blue or green glow.

Ultraviolet light is light that humans can’t see, so that may not be a consideration for us. Visible is another story and if you want to condition your fish into feeding in the daytime, you can certainly use a differently colored bait.

Anglers who fish warm waters often use fluorescent lures. Catching fish that are attracted to ultraviolet light is possible if that light isn’t blocked.

Why are glow lures effective?

Very simply, if it’s glowing under the water, then it’s reflecting light from the surface or glowing light from the underside. You can see why this would attract fish. Glow in the dark lures work because they attract fish using the same methods as pitch black lures.

So the question is: if they don’t glow, how do they work?

The fact is that they do glow. When they glow, it’s not really enough to attract fish. It’s more of a matter of perception. If something is glowing, then it becomes a more interesting object. It’s tactile, and the fish want to investigate it.

If the fish takes a bite, it’s going to be more excited about the soft plastic material. One thing that the fish will do though, is move the bait around because it’s formed into a fish shape.

That’s the key question: will the glow in the dark material move in the water in the same way that a natural bait would move? One test would be to take a glow in the dark lure and drop it from a bridge.

Excellent for ice fishing

But I don’t think it is possible in the water we have over here.

In ice fishing, some fishermen use paint that glows in the dark to paint their fishing lure.

Can I use these paints to paint my fishing lures for other kind of fishing?

I do a lot of fishing and as Charlie said, I don’t think it is possible to use those paints.

In ice fishing, we use it to color the fishing lines and the fishing bait and it has been very useful.

The best material to use is at least three coats of the paint and the best combination is with silver paint on the fishing lures and the fishing line.

As you know, fishing lures are painted to help them attract the fish.

Fishing lures for ice fishing are painted in much the same way as the ones used in other forms of fishing.

You can use the glow in the dark paint and I guess it will attract more fish than before.

I have tried different methods to paint the fishing lure.

How do you make a glowing lure?

Heat from the sun breaks down a chemical in glow-sticks and in the process releases a light that appears to be coming from the glow-stick. Because the light isn’t any different from incandescent light or sunlight, you have to get the glow-stick in the water to see if it attracts fish. Since fish don’t see colors red as we do, you can bet that if a glow-stick signals danger to us, then it’s going to attract fish.

If you have a child or teenager who has a dark sense of humor, this is a great way to get a laugh and save money. It works if you want to attract walleye, bass, pike, and panfish of all kinds.

Which color is best for fluorescent lures?

A common question that many anglers are asking about the night fishing is: “Do glow in the dark lures really work?”. The answer is yes, fluorescence performs. Fluorescent colors cast different colors at each level of your fishing. The short wavelengths of light are reflected back from the lure, and the longer wavelengths are absorbed by cellular pigments and converted into longer-wave fluorescence.

The human eyes can’t see this, but underwater fish see the colors that makes up fluorescent colors. More importantly, this is a proven that fluorescent colors have a distinct advantage at night fishing.

The night fishing is where fluorescence shines the best. Fluorescent colors can allow you to keep fish in sight under the dark conditions. Fluorescent color is much better than any other color you can use.

Not only will fluorescent colors allow you to see your lure under the dark conditions better than any other colors, but you can also learn the movement of fish potential easily. If you’re a beginner, you will be able to learn many things from watching the fluorescence of a lure. Fluorescent colors can make fish visible for long distances under the dark conditions.

Wrapping Up

What better way to wrap things up than with a little anecdote?

Got married in a small town. We were invited to a dance and all of the men, including me—were wearing suits and ties. My bride looked beautiful in her evening gown.

My mother-in-law (who thinks I’m a bum, by the way) and I had a long talk during the evening. She said, “It’s a good thing your wife wasn’t carrying at the wedding. All the pictures would have been ruined.”

“Why is that?” I asked.

“Oh sure,” she said, “she was walking back down the aisle with the best man and if she had stumbled, you know how she’d be in all the pictures…showing the world her glo‘ ry hole!”

I don’t think she understood that I haven’t danced since 1985.