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Get Glowing This Ice Season
Glow baits are not new to fishing and color patterns have improved these baits in recent years. I concentrated on using new-generation glow baits the last two ice seasons and have noticed an increase in my overall catch. Fish see these baits easier and I'm convinced the glow features of small baits have helped me coax negative or neutral mood fish to bite. The evidence of glow baits effectiveness is not hidden from anglers; the proof lines the shelves of tackle shops with more of these baits coming out each season. If you have yet to stock your ice fishing tackle with glow baits, you're limiting your ice fishing catches.
Let's look at two examples of how glow paint increases the pattern options available to ice anglers. Many swimming jigs are available in a glow perch pattern. The finish features yellow, green and orange glow colours, with a barred pattern over the glow paint. On one hand, this pattern gives the bait the attractiveness of a glow presentation. On the other hand, it also gives the bait contrast, created by the non-glow paint applied in vertical bars, mimicking a perch's natural patterning. Another good pattern found on spoons is only covering one side of the lure with glow paint. In so doing, the bait maintains the attractive flash of a silver or gold on the non-painted side, with the illuminating appeal of glow paint on the other side. In both examples, glow paint adds another dimension to bait colour and contrasting patterns, which in turn increases your chance of presenting a pattern of interest to fish.
When To Use Glow Baits?
When jigging in deep or stained water, glow baits are more visible to anglers watching the movement of their baits to ensure they are imparting the right action on their lure. It also helps one detect faint hits when the bait is easily seen. These two traits can be particularly helpful to individuals not using electronics and sight fishing from a shelter. It also pays to experiment with glow colours as you would with other baits. Sometimes the glow of blue or red will entice hits better than a yellow or green.
Holding a Charge:
Another trick to help baits stay charged is carrying your glow baits in a clear, plastic case. Leave them exposed to the sunlight when fishing instead of hidden in a dark tackle bag. This way, when you change tackle, your glow baits have already been charging and after a zap from a LED light they're at a maximum charge.
Glow baits are deeply rooted in the ice fishing tackle market, and savvy anglers will welcome the fish-catching properties of these baits. Their glowing-hue attracts fish. Also, enhanced colour patterns and painting techniques make baits more sophisticated than earlier generation lures. Incorporate glow baits in your ice-fishing arsenal this winter, and you'll catch more fish.
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