April 26, 2010

Product Review: Tightlines UV Baits

I have been fishing with some new baits in the last few weeks.  These lures have scientific research that suggests they will outperform regular soft plastics.  They are made by a company called Tightlines UV.  Basically they are built using a process called “"Ultimate Vision”  which "is an ultraviolet  (UV) vision enhancer that is focused on the wavelength of light that bass use the most to search out their prey, but is transparent to fishermen’s eyes."  Sounds pretty technical, huh?  It goes even deeper when they say "The homogenous infusion of nanoparticulate causes the bait to exhibit a unique spectral phase shift when subjected to the simultaneous combination of water and light."
So what does this all mean?  Fisherman just want results.  I believe that any edge you can have against the fish and against other competitors can't hurt.  It also goes along with my feeling that scent is good, but that the confidence it brings to the angler by having it applied is worth more than just the application. That being said, these baits work!  They come in all the traditional favorites, the soft stickbait, the trick worm, the fluke, the tube, the beaver, and the lizard.  These are tried and true baits and having the addition of the UV to them makes them even more appealing.  I have done quite a bit of research on these baits and have been looking at what people think of the idea on the internet forums.  One thing I have to clear up is the misconception that people are making; these baits don't "glow".  It's not a glow-in-the-dark lure, they are built to the way bass see, which they claim is in UV.

I like these baits and feel they have a great idea.  We'll see if they replace traditional plastics.  They do work, there is no doubt in my mind.  The biggest downfall with the baits and the process is the cost.  They retail for $5.99 a pack, and they come two in a pack.  On the positive side, the baits are much tougher than ordinary baits and seem to last much longer.  The company claims they last 5x longer than other plastics.  I guess with a technology this new and time consuming(it takes a day to make each batch), it will cost a little more.  If your up to trying new things, give them a try.
Another thing to note about this cutting edge company is how they might really be on to something, as their pro-staffers are all on fire since signing with the company.  Byron Velvick, Bill Lowen and Brent Chapman are all doing well, one could even say better than ever.  Could the addition of these baits to their arsenal have put them over the top? Only time will tell.
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