UV BLAST! Fishing Lure Paint Overcoat

Frequently asked questions about UV Blast!

What is it?

UV Blast is a chemical coating that reflects ultraviolet light. This coating’s special formulation has the effect of “lighting up” lures. CS Coatings manufacturers a variety of odor free clear coats with UV Blast. We also have pigmented dies for lures and soft plastics which contain the UV Blast formulation.

What is UV light?

UV light is short wavelength, high frequency energy from sun and stars, invisible to us, but visible to a variety of the fish species scientists have tested so far.

Why target UV light?

About 60% of sunlight that cuts through the water’s surface is UV light. UV light penetrates clear water far deeper than human-visible light. Oceanographers have found UV light 700’ deep.

The scales of many prey fish reflect UV light. Bluegills are an example. Zooplankton, shrimp, squid, and many aquatic insects also reflect UV light. This silhouettes them against their blue-green background, making these creatures more visible to their predators.

UV light also polarizes, especially early and late in the day. Diverse gamefish detect polarized light.

How does UV Blast work?

In clear water UV light reflects further off UV-Blast coated baits than regular light does. UV light even brightens fluorescent lures. Fish find baits that reflect UV light faster than those without.

What fish will respond best to UV Blast?

Many fish that eat zooplankton see UV light. In saltwater, biologists have found that pink, chum, coho, sockeye, and masu salmon detect UV light. Weakfish and flounder also detect UV light.

In freshwater, biologists found that brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, yellow perch, white suckers, carp, bluegill, and pumpkinseed sunfish detect UV light. Largemouth and smallmouth bass – members of the sunfish family – may also see UV light. Many fish species have yet to be tested to determine if they detect UV light.

When will UV Blast attract fish?

UV paints are effective in any daylight. But early and late in the day, UV light penetrates the water’s surface much better than human-visible light. UV also penetrates fog and clouds. At these times, UV light is by far the greatest amount of light in water. Moonlight and starlight also contain energy from the UV spectrum.

Where does UV Blast work best?

UV light makes up nearly all the light in deep, clear water. Mud, algal blooms, and glacial till absorb and scatter UV light decreasing the depth which it penetrates. Long wavelength, low frequency, non-UV light – red and infrared – will cut through murkier water better.

How does UV Blast differ from glow paint?

UV Blast differs from glow paint like the moon differs from the sun. UV Blast reflects light. As long as there’s sunlight, UV Blast brightens baits. Glow baits give off their own light. They store light energy above water, then release it underwater. Eventually the glow is used up. The bait fades and you need a bright light to recharge it. Direct sun burns glow paints, but not UV Blast. It needs no recharging. It does not fade.

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following products:
UV Blast! Powder Paint
UV Blast! Ultraviolet Lure Spray
UV Blast! Ultraviolet Clear Seal Coat
UV Blast! Ultraviolet Worm Dip