For a number of years, I've noticed that the packaging for quite a few salmon lures contained stickers with "Glow" or "UV Glow" or similar.
And, when running our lures out of Westport, Sekiu, and Puget Sound, have experimented with identical lures--one painted with UV-reflective paint and another with a non-UV reflective finish. The results of those tests have shown the UV-reflective paint to be far more effective at attracting the fish.
I've been curious as to the science behind what's happening. And, finally stumbled across an article that helped. Here's a link.
We just had a great question about glow-paint. And, as I'd explained, we use UV reflective paint on all of our salmon lures (from the white base coat to the additional over coats).
That said, sometimes pictures illustrate a point far better than text. So, I'm posting two photos below.
The first picture shows a box of the fluoro-green OG2s taken with ambient room light. In that second photo, you're looking at the same box of lures under a blacklight (which highlights the UV spectrum):
Just in time for the winter Blackmouth season, we're introducing a new OG2 in fluoro-green/chartreuse. (Because the 5" and 3.9" versions of this color-combination had been so effective, we decided to offer it in the 2.8" size which mimics the Pacific Sandlance.)
Rick Denham, of Holy Moly Outdoors, just published a great video for folks getting ready to target Blackmouth in the Puget Sound this winter:
Several charter-boat skippers in New Zealand are interested in targeting local species with the OG1 and OG2. (These are the 5" version of both lures.)
They're rigged with 135lb stainless leaders and terminal tackle rated at 160lbs or better. (Owner 3/0 stinger hooks.)
Looking forward to hearing how they fish!
Just received another report and photo from Heath K. in Cordova, Alaska who is fishing the winter kings in Prince William Sound:
"Same lure, same results. Landed three, kept this big buck. Very pleased with OG so far."
Heath! Many thanks for the report, and, for putting the OG2 to work up there! (The lure in the photo is a 3.9" OG2 in fluoro-white with black scales.)
Received the below report and picture from Heath K. in Cordova, Alaska who was out fishing the salt for salmon this week with the 3.9" OG2 in fluoro-white with black scales:
"Finally back on the water. Landed four today on the 3.9 ... Remembered to snap a pic at the last minute."
Heath: Thanks for putting the OG2 to work up there! (And, thanks for the report and photo!!)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.