Tuesday, May 16, 2023

What color Jig to use for deep sea fishing


Do you know why the ocean looks blue? When you take a cup of sea water it is colorless. But why does is it appear blue. Water is 800 times thicker or denser than air. It has different light absorbing properties. Only 20% of the light penetrates below 20 meters water. Below 50 meters it is 1% of light. It is .002 % light below 100 meters. The ocean is blue because water absorbs colors in the red part of the light spectrum. Like a filter, this leaves behind colors in the blue part of the light spectrum for us to see

So does color matter ? All colors get absorbed by the ocean at different depth. Red, orange, and yellow get absorbed in less than 20 meters and appear like black. Green is visible until 100 meters- remember the light is only .002% so it is almost dark, and color may not be visible. Blue is visible slightly over 200 meters.

If you see all very Deepwater creatures, they are red or other lighter color. Red and other lighter colors are not visible in deep waters. The fish camouflage to prevent it from being eaten or to get some food for itself. Therefore, fishes have developed to listen to movements than see. While jigging we intentionally want to jig to be visible to the targeted fish. To make it visible only way is to add some luminescence to the jig.

Although I use all colors of jig orange color with zebra pattern is my favorite. Orange color disappears in much lesser depth and appears like black with zebra pattern looks like a real fish. If you see most of juvenile fish have zebra pattern. Below picture of barracuda shows how a zebra pattern is even in large fishes. 

If we are jigging over 50 meters color is not important. But because it so darks out there Luminesce jigs work better. Get the super glow jigs.

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