Materials and design
Fishing lures emitting light have become interesting to anglers due to their ability to improve performance during dark hours, including early morning and late evening, as well as fishing in dark waters. While also effective in freshwater basins, the glowing material is primarily selected to simulate the bioluminescence typical for many sea creatures, thus approaching the most natural look. Mostly, plastic resins are utilized, the types that can be blow-molded, injection-molded or extruded. Hard-bodied lures often come made from plastisol, styrenics, thermoplastic rubber, and polyolefin. Jelly-bodied lures, as a rule, use silicone and flexible rubbers.
The end product’s quality depends on a valid combination of plastic ingredients and accurate molding/extruding. In view of this, it’s the manufacturing procedure that matters rather than the material itself; the plastic body of a lure tend to be durable when nicely made. Generally, well-recognized fishing gear brands employ better technologies to bring you baits that endure multiple re-uses.
Furthermore, look for the quality of fluorescent paint and varnishing. Your bait shouldn’t shed paint, as well as its varnishing, shouldn’t have chips/cracks and come off when you, say, rub it with a sleeve. Many modern models also have realistic convex 3D-eyes on them, which should be glued on firmly. Your bait rig may also feature a rattle chamber for acoustic extra attraction.
Chargeable bait rigs
There are two types of chargeable lures. On one hand, older anglers have seen the evolution of glow additives that get charged or energized after being exposed to UV light. On the other hand, today’s favorites are battery-powered lures.
Luminous baits from the past were less bright, less wear-resistant and not so good at holding the charge. The modern fishing gear market offers lots of high-tech solutions with a wide spectrum of glow colors (read below on how the color matters). Most sources of UV light, including sunlight, fluorescent light, or a black light, will help you charge these models. 2-5 minutes are enough for the lure to keep glowing for up to 8 hours in complete darkness. At the same time, your lure will absorb energy on itself when you’re chasing fish in sunlight. It simply gets enough UV rays for those 10-15 seconds you have it in higher water layers and outside when retrieving.
The duration of the luminescent effect varies, depending mostly on the content of the luminous pigment (phosphor). To achieve the best effect, manufacturers paint the glowing substance over the white substrate of the lure body. In this way, the highly reflective white surface increases the resulting brightness of the transparent paint/varnish.
Battery-powered bait rigs contain either a proprietary lithium-ion or a standard AA; you can charge these with a brand battery charger (if included), via USB or a lighter socket adapter. Usually, these models last for 3-4 hours, going up to 12 hours with 150 minutes of charging in the case of Truscend. In addition to LED-lights, they have a motion-generating module allowing them to twitch, vibrate, and buzz. Some models also can even emit sounds (clicking, rattling or chugging). Their water-sensing switch turns the power on/off automatically when the lure sinks or comes out of the water.
Manually operated magnetic latches give the angler a chance to turn the light/motion module on and off externally. While providing a fisherman with an effective tool for both shore and boat fishing, the bait’s internal circuits need to be watertight to function. Check if the rubber plug on your model’s charging port sits nicely in and is flush with the surface to not end up torn off by a predator’s teeth.
Wobblers and trolling rigs can have different colors, as well as containing various amount of paint. In fact, there is no need for the entire bait to glow as too much brightness may only scare the game off. That is why you’ll often see nothing more than just luminescent strips and points painted on the imitation. The color itself determines how far your rig/wobbler can be seen underwater. Blue travels farthest of all, with green, yellow, orange, and red following it in a decreasing order. Silver or golden flash elements are also very effective for fast-moving, wobbling baits.
UV-charged lures provide the optimal performance for surface saltwater fishing. If you don’t plan to go deeper than 25 feet, you might expect coho and sockeye to be your frequent guests. The latter refers to dine, mostly, on crustaceans and krill – and that’s exactly where the Sabiki Shrimps may come in handy.
Green glow in the dark lures are the most widespread as they allegedly provide the best bite. While green luminescence, indeed, occurs in aquatic creatures more often, this does not render other colors useless. Due to morphological diversity within fish species, each individual fish has its own glow perception, so there are no hard and fast rules here. One day, you can actually find out that red or blue models work better for your fishing place and style.
Types of glowing lures
Glow Ghost wobblers are recommended for use when you need a bait with the most contrast relative to the lake’s bottom and weeds. This type allows you to catch fish in complete darkness, especially pikeperch and bass. The wobblers feature convex eyes and float rather well due to the rattle chamber inside; their optimal working depth is up to 7 feet. In daylight, the ghost wobblers look like a glowing albino fish; in darker hours and muddy waters, an angler gets to appreciate the full benefit of luminescence.
Glow Soft worms/shrimps are ideal for jigging in the nighttime. They find use in both freshwater and saltwater. Normally, these rigs come in packages/kits. Their glow color varies from greenish to bluish hues; rarely get larger than 5 inches.
Glow Grubs are a finer version of glow soft worms that usually doesn’t exceed 2 inches. They, too, are sold in packages of 10. They will help you optimize your jigging technique for bass, pikeperch, and crappie. These models also suit finesse fishing.
Glow Spinning Jigs are made of steel or hard plastic. Their specific movement in the water occurs thanks to willowleaf spinner blades. The main bait body consists of softer plastic or silicone with glowing additives.
Many anglers prefer glowing lures due to their enticing power to pikeperch. This crepuscular species lies still on the bottom during the day and comes out en masse at night to forage in shallow waters. It especially fancies small fry, and glow in the dark lures attracts it more than anything else.
Using glowing fishing lures at night and in muddy waters also makes them more visible for pike, salmon, trout, and bass. The dark times are particularly good for trout and grayling. Being very cautious, these fish gives daylight anglers a hard time because they simply won’t buy it if there are slight insufficiencies in your bait’s camouflage.
Having a set of differently colored glow lures is helpful in case you don’t know the preferable depth of your prey. For instance, in the Lake Victoria waters, several species, such as coho, sockeye, and pink started feeding deeper, down to 110 feet. When any fish species changes its preferable depth, its glow/movement perception becomes influenced by the water column in a different way. Specifically in said case, with less light and a shifted spectrum, these high flyers start reacting much better to bait rigs with a red component.
Glow baits have found popular use in jiggling and fly-fishing. With imitations that range from butterflies, grasshoppers, flies, snails, shrimps, to green and white woodworms and baitfish, the angler gets an opportunity to attract finny predators with bright colors typical for the creatures of the area. Luminous paint has been known to increase catches for many years. Today’s night fishermen get an even greater edge thanks to the full-on audio and visual imitations. You indeed can take it to the maximum with quality glow in the dark lures!