Fishing is a fun, challenging hobby that many people enjoy. Even if you don’t make a great catch or have to catch and release, you can still enjoy fishing in your local area and beyond. One way to improve your fishing is to use glow-in-the-dark fishing lures. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of these lures and how to make them yourself.
Glowing Lures Stand Out
What makes a fish bite on your lure? Hunger and curiosity are often the biggest factors, but to pique that hunger and curiosity, your lure needs to stand out from the surrounding water. The best way to make your lure stand out is to paint it with a glow-in-the-dark finish. This will make your lure pop if you go fishing at night and can even make it more visible during the day, especially in deep or murky water. Once you’ve caught a fish’s attention, you’ve almost caught the fish.
Glowing Lures Attract Predator Fish
Different lures work better for different kinds of fish. If you’re hoping to attract predator fish such as bass or salmon, use glowing lures. Many types of predator fish have optimized vision for color selection so they can better detect their prey. When the prey you want them to notice is your lure, you can use glowing colors to take advantage of that color selection and turn those predators into your prey.
Making Your Own Glowing Lures
While electronic lures that light up are illegal in many areas, lures that glow from the effects of paint or similar products are legal. You can buy premade lures and paint them with your glowing product, or you can make them from scratch. Many people find it easiest to build a lure mold to make soft plastic lures, but others prefer to carve their own lures out of wood. Either method will work depending on the type of fish you’re trying to catch.
Once you’ve bought or made your lure, you need to find the right glow-in-the-dark pigments. You can buy colorful glowing pigment powder to mix into paint or glue or buy glow-in-the-dark paint. Paint at least two layers onto your lure to ensure it will glow well. If there are many details in your lure, use a small brush and a stand so that you can paint every crevice and guarantee a decent glow from all angles.
The benefits of glow-in-the-dark fishing lures are that these lures stand out in the water and help you catch specific fish. Making your own allows you to customize your lures for the exact fishing experience you want. Eye Candy Pigments is happy to provide glowing pigments and any other pigments you need for this and other projects.