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  • To glow or not to glow for halibut

    What are your thoughts on glow for halibut? i also am interested on your bait hooks if you add any glow squid to them or anything like that. Thanks for your response!

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    I think it's situationally dependent.<br/>I think the deeper you fish the more effect the glow has<br/>I also think on overcast days the glow has a bigger impact. On my personal jigs I like to use glow and a UV blast top coat. Since I make all of my own jigs I figure I might as well make them as good as I can. I don't think the glow or the UV is a deterrent to the fish at any time and since I'm making them myself I might as well put it on there. If there is a time where it gives me an advantage it's already on there and I don't have to switch to a jig that has it. The only thing I ever add directly to bait is some plain herring oil. But anymore I don't buy or use bait. <br/>If you have the right jigs and know how to use them bait is not necessary. But for the inexperienced it can be a good way for them to catch fish.<br/>There are also times wherr having some bait in the water or a Chum bomb or chum bucket can help draw the fish to your location where they are then hooked on The jig.<br/>
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    • #3
      Sort of on the same subject, in one of the Fish and Game education seminars they mentioned the color is also quite important depending on depth (mostly trolling for salmon). Searching google for color of lure vs depth or something similar for a chart I found this chart explains it well at https://www.fix.com/blog/view-from-b...es-underwater/. Different wavelengths of light penetrate water deeper than others. So a red colors fade by like 30 feet while a blue/UV lure may still pop in color. If you're fishing quite deep, the glow might be much more effective (dark color is more UV spectrum) as there is very little light penetrating anyways, but maybe it turns them off since their targets don't naturally glow? I'm guessing it's mostly smell and action that gets their attention below 100 feet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JEH97LX View Post
        Sort of on the same subject, in one of the Fish and Game education seminars they mentioned the color is also quite important depending on depth (mostly trolling for salmon). Searching google for color of lure vs depth or something similar for a chart I found this chart explains it well at https://www.fix.com/blog/view-from-b...es-underwater/. Different wavelengths of light penetrate water deeper than others. So a red colors fade by like 30 feet while a blue/UV lure may still pop in color. If you're fishing quite deep, the glow might be much more effective (dark color is more UV spectrum) as there is very little light penetrating anyways, but maybe it turns them off since their targets don't naturally glow? I'm guessing it's mostly smell and action that gets their attention below 100 feet.Click image for larger version

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        <br/>That's why I like to add a UV blast clear top coat to almost all of my saltwater jigs. It may not make a difference all of the time but, even if it's only that 5% or 10% of the time where it really makes a difference at least it's already there. I've never had a time where I felt glow was a deterrent.<br/>I would be curious to hear your and other people's experience on that.For instance was there ever a time where the glow jig was not getting hit while other non-glow jigs were?<br/>I remember a story told to me by a member here where his family was out on the boat with him.<br/>They had four rods in the water one with herring, one with squid, one with octopus and one with a plain jig. A jig that had glow-in-the-dark paint and a UV blast top coat. <br/>They left the rods in the water and sat down to eat lunch. While they were eating one of the rods went off with a halibut. Guess which one it was? If you guessed the unbated jig you are correct!<br/>The only motion given to the jig was that of the boat itself while it sat on anchor.<br/>I'm going to bet the glow and the UV made a difference there!<br/>I guess the only real deterrent I see to Glow is the cost.I can buy plain white powder paint as cheap as $7 a pound.<br/>But the glow that I use is $36 a pound and if I remember correctly so is the UV blast clear coat. <br/>Granted 1 lb does a lot of jigs but it does add up over time.
        "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

        "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"

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        • #5
          I use an 6" - 8" glow skirt. It helps some with attraction in the 200' of water I usually fish in when anchored up. The bare skirt will get bites too, so you are still fishing if you get your bait stripped. The guys on the boat that are jigging around all the soaking bait do significantly better with glow jigs. Glow seems to matter less in water under ~100' and not at all in water under 50'. There are a few shallow rockpiles surrounded by sand that I drift for rockfish/lings/halibut. Glow works fine there, but I can often do better with rootbeer or motor oil.

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          • #6
            In deeper, murky and low light go glow, it doesn't hurt, but get them charged up. Not all glows illuminate the same, Yam*****a makes some of the best. Charge them up and take them in a dark room to compare. If the sun is not shining use a high intensity LED flash light to charge them.

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            • #7
              I drop all my glow jigs/hoochies in a 5 gallon bucket, then put one of these over the top. It charges them super bright, and super quick

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