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Old 13-06-2018, 08:07 AM
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UV lures - Scam or real?

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07-22-2014, 08:38 PM
Being the person who developed the concept of UV pigment on fishing lures, I can give you my input. At night, the only time you are going to get luminescence, is on a clear moon-lit night. The glow from a full moon, or close to, is perfect! High in the blue-violet light spectrum. That's the only time I've ever seen a UV lure actually glow under any kind of NATURAL light. They look pretty under store lights, but that's not natural light. Anything other than a bright moon-lit night, you're getting no glow. Depth and water clarity are a huge factor also.

As far as day time fishing. Not much of an effect at all in most cases. For walleye fishermen, UV is useless during the day time. Where it excels, and how we knew it worked, is in crystal blue water, in depths definitely over 30 feet. Until the lure reaches those depths, there is too much other color "noise" drowning out the blue-violet spectrum, which makes the UV pigment glow. Once you reach probably 50 feet in crystal blue water, the only light penetrating that deep is the blue-violet part of the spectrum, and the lure will glow! GREAT idea for Great Lakes deep water trout and salmon fishermen, which is where the idea was born.

That being said, it's not a negative for walleye fishermen either. You can have a UV scheme that works great during the day, but the UV pigment has nothing to do with how well it's working. It's not glowing at all. It's the color scheme. BUT, when you do have those good moon-lit nights, if you have a UV lure, it's worth throwing it out there to see if the UV glow does make a difference that night!
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