Let it Glow

As a kid, some of my favorite toys possessed the magical ability to glow in the dark. Guess not much has changed.

Glow in the dark lures can be found in a variety of forms from soft plastics to spoons. One of my favorite methods to fish is to cast a glowing spoon just before sunrise at the mouth of a tributary of Lake Erie and brace for a steelhead to hammer it. It was 3 degrees this morning in Pennsylvania so it will not be long before I will be hunkered over a hole in the ice, jigging some tiny glow in the dark soft plastic grubs in the dark depths of a snow-covered lake.

eerie Spoon Jig

Here is a pointer if you want to try out these glow in the dark wonders: Try charging them with a flashlight. One angler I know uses the flash attachment from a camera for a quick, powerful charge. Tip: Look away and hit the lure with the light under your coat or fishing vest. You do not want to alarm the fish of your presence, or blind yourself for a couple of minutes.

For Christmas presents last year, I gave away a couple of the Rapala “Charge N Glows.” Bought one for myself too, you know, for “research purposes.” They are cases that charge your lures, and are about the shape of a case for sunglasses. Drop the lure inside, close the lid and push a button for a few seconds to get a solid charge all over. While standing in a dark, very cold lake, every 10 casts or so I would fire up the world’s smallest tanning bed. No bikini line. No farmer’s tan.

MingsTuna Night

Fishing in the dark can be challenging enough, casting by ear, relieved to hear a splash. However, it can yield some outstanding results. Fishing pressure is less in the dark. And, during the winter, a significant portion of a bite is a “reaction” bite. A little eerie glow fluttering by is one good way get a reaction.


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.