Making Lures Glow
By Troy Myers
Making glow-in-the-dark lures is easy, very fun and could be a profitable hobby. It has long been known by anglers that a huge attraction getter for fish it the use of light. Whether that be the color of the lure or the spinner it has attached, light triggers a reflex in the fish that makes them hit it. Often anglers are faced with the task of overcoming dark or murky, muddy water to catch the smart little critters. One way many anglers are turning to overcome this issue is glow-in-the-dark lures.
I am not going to go into great detail about what is glow in the dark powder and why does it glow. What I will discuss is how easy it is to make these.
Glow in the dark paint and powder can be purchased from many retailers off the net. You can buy the paint pre-made or make it yourself.
If you are going to spray paint your lures such as plastic hard body minnows or chubs, mix one ounce of glow-in-the-dark powder to three ounces of your clear paint. Then spray with a air brush. Use the fine mesh powder. Stir often and use the widest #5 air brush needle you have to help slow down the clotting. You will have to clean the air brush good after each use. The green or blue glow powders work best here. They are the brightest and longest glowing. Green around 13 hours and Blue around 4 hours.
If you are going make plastic worms, use any soft worm plastic and mix the glow powder into it while it is melted. Stir and pour. I suggest letting it cool slightly, not too much, and stir just before pouring. The glow powder needs to be suspended in the plastic. If you want to add color, add it just before the powder. Go light on the color so the glow comes through.
It takes UV light to activate the powder, sunlight being the best. What if the sun is not out, will your lures still glow. Yes they will! If it is overcast, UV light is shining down it will take a little longer for the powder to activate, but it will glow. Some people who ice fish use a small handheld black light. Cheap to buy and works great.
Other fishing items this stuff is good for is to paint the tip of your fishing rod for night catfishing. Also floats or bobbers are made to glow by painting them.
I hope these ideas help in your quest to land the big one. Just maybe glow-in-the-dark paint or powder will help.