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Recently, I realized that there’s a boom in zebra glow jigs in Japan. It was probably started by Majorcraft as their jigs have proven to attract fish of various species both onshore and offshore in countless Youtube videos. This season, many tackle manufacturers have infused zebra glow into their range, also to target Beltfish / Largehead Hairtail. In this article, I’d like to cover other colors and how they appear at different depths of the sea.
Going back to basics, the spectrum consists of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. Red has the longest wavelength, and violet has the shortest. In the sea, red wavelengths do not penetrate deep because it gets absorbed first. Therefore, if you watch the Youtube video here, you’ll realize how red, orange and yellow jigs work better in shallow water or clear weather conditions:
Deeper areas from 50m or more would mean you’d probably increase the appeal factor with green, blue or violet jigs. Red, orange and yellow jigs appear grey and therefore almost like a silhouette when there isn’t much light in the water. On cloudy days or murky water, these colors would also be less visible to fish, compared to fluorescent colors which will reflect the strong UV rays on cloudy days. On sunny days, reflective colors like silver and gold will also attract fish due to the near-blinding radiance from its movement.
As for the ideal weight, in shallow waters of up to 10 meters, jigs up to 40g should suffice. However, if undercurrents or winds are strong, it’d be advisable to go up 1 or 2 notches – 50g to 80g in order to allow your jig to reach the seabed quickly and attract fish from the seabed up to the surface.
In deep oceans, depending on your target, larger weights of up to 200g will also work for offshore, game or tuna fishing. These of course, can vary by size depending on the type of lure you use. Lastly, don’t forget to match the appearance of bait fish by choosing a lure that resembles them, and consider the feeding habits of your target when you decide to buy lures.
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