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

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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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Old 13-06-2018, 08:10 AM
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So unless you are fishing on the full moon at night - or below 30ft in crystal blue water during the day - you better hope your target species is carrying a UV light
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Old 13-06-2018, 03:54 PM
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Scam or not, I'm a believer in UV lures. I've had too much success with them not to be.
For me, it's not about how I see the lure, but how my target species does.
I also think that not all UV specified lures are equal. Some seem better than others.
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Old 13-06-2018, 05:12 PM
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Another believer here. Simply caught to many fish on them for a scam. Charged with one of the uv lights gives a much brighter and longer lasting glow rather than simple natural light or torch. Two species of fish that seem attracted to UV in my opinion are Snapper and Jew.
Having said all of that i see a generation of UV lures becoming common and i have no idea if they work or not. There will always some manufactures eager to jump on the bandwagon for a quick profit.
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Old 13-06-2018, 06:46 PM
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Fish are more capable of seeing into the UV light spectrum than we are. What you see your lure doing when you shine a UV light on it is irrelevant. The "logic" behind those original statements is entirely flawed.
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Old 13-06-2018, 08:25 PM
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Definitely makes a difference in my opinion. Winter bream and perch love those black blades with small hints of UV orange which make all the difference, and just recently I've been having a huge amount of success on trout using a fairly bland looking colour, which glows like nothing else under UV light. Whether others reckon it makes a difference or not doesn't bother me, I'm a big believer.
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Thanks for the replies fellas - I havent done alot of research in this area so its heartening to hear they may be something in this UV phenomena.

Does anyone have a list of the fish that see uv light or bait fish that are illuminated by it.
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Would these UV lures work any better if you used an ultraviolet torch light on them immediately before use? Regards, HBt.
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i like em because i believe they work and thats half the battle.
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I left some lures in the bedroom ready to use next day, Woke up in the middle if the night to see a light on the table. Glowing lures, Got My attention.
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Would these UV lures work any better if you used an ultraviolet torch light on them immediately before use? Regards, HBt.
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Old 15-06-2018, 06:15 AM
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There's UV reactive and there's glow.

One of the most popular and effective lure currently in the Bream Scene is the Zman Motoroil grub its UV reactive and its a killer day or night.

So for me at least, like Nereus, I believe it works.
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One of the most popular and effective lure currently in the Bream Scene is the Zman Motoroil grub its UV reactive and its a killer day or night.

So for me at least, like Nereus, I believe it works.
Yes, it works
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Probably doesn't make a huge difference for EVERY fish species, but certainly seems to work on a few - including searun brown trout:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkZAoXtqhaY

Go to 10:59 for their discussion on UV reactive tying materials.
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I have drunk to Kool-Aid and am a believer in the UV. It may or may not work but I feel more confident if I am throwing a lure that I know has UV in it.

Bought a UV torch a few years ago and went over my many trays of lures. Seeing the lures that had noticeable UV in them were my go to colours told me something.

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