Why do people dye their baits red and use red wool to whip the bait to the trace?
Dear Paul O’Callaghan,
I have been pike fishing for a few years now and recently have been wondering why people dye their baits red and use red wool to whip the bait to the trace? From my sea fishing experience the colour red is meant to be the first colour in the spectrum to disappear when submerged in water – I think after 3/4ft – If this is true then why dye baits red? Would this not make the bait virtually invisible?
Thanking you in advance for your time & help.
Sam Savage, Lisburn
Thanks for your interesting letter. I am more than happy to try and shed some "light" on this phenomenon. You are indeed correct by stating that red is the 1st colour in the light spectrum to disappear underwater, but at what exact depth is the debateable question. I believe this is dependent on the water quality and to be more precise, the depth at which the sunlight rays start to decline. I think this subject has to be approached