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Date: 7/25/09
Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Tightlines
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: We caught up with Tightlines, the creator of lures with what the company calls “Ultimate Vision” through Nano-Infused Polymerization (NIP) Technology.  This design is based on the premise that bass see things differently due to the lack of UV filters like those found in a human eye.


Tightlines lures may look like normal baits to anglers but they are designed to appeal to what bass, not anglers, can see


There is a lot of science behind the Tightlines series of lures. We met with Shawn Collins at the Tightlines booth at ICAST who explained that bass don’t have the UV filters like that of the human eye, which is one of the reasons why they prefer darkness to bright sunlight.  “Ultimate Vision” is an ultraviolet (UV) vision enhancer that that Tightlines uses in their lures and is focused on the wavelength of light that bass use the most to search out their prey, but is transparent to fishermen’s eyes.


At the show it was difficult to replicate natural light so Tightlines used a black light to demonstrate the difference in their lures. On the left the lures are not under black lighting while on the right they are. Notice how the stickbait towards the back has no change, this is because it does not feature the company's "Ultimate Vision" technology


So just how do Tightline’s “Ultimate Vision” Contrast-Baits work? Research suggests that a fish eye, as well as that of other select animals and birds, is significantly different in composition to that of the human eye. Humans only see “visible light” whereas other creatures see well into the UV light spectrum that is “invisible” to all humans. 


Fishermen see colors above 400 nm while bass see below 400 nm, which is "UV" light


Tightlines goes on to explain that one can readily distinguish those creatures that see into the UV spectrum by observing their natural tendencies on a sunny day.  It is a well-known and documented fact that largemouth bass prefer darkness to bright sunlight. The scientific reasoning is that their eyes do not have UV filters like that of the human eye.  Therefore, the only way they can protect their eyes from UV degradation is by retreating to shady areas (stumps, submerged logs and vegetation, floating lily-pads, etc).


The lures are sold two per pack for $5.99


Tightlines’ new Nano-Infused Polymerization (NIP) Technology strategically manipulates the covalent bond angle typically found in all plastisol-based soft baits on the market today. Thus Tightlines went out to create a product that would increase fish response, the bottom line...to draw more strikes.


The lure on the left has "Ultimate Vision" while the others do not


The homogenous infusion of nanoparticulate causes the Tightline’s “Ultimate Vision” Contrast-Bait to exhibit a distinctive spectral phase shift when subjected to the simultaneous combination of water and light. This patent-pending spectral shift is induced as UV rays propagate through the water and reflect off the outer surface of the bait. With competitive baits absorbing 100% of the visual and UV light as it hits them, Tightlines’ has the only soft baits that reflect UV light as it hits the surface of the lure. 


Comparing two flukes, it is pretty obvious which one makes use of the company's process 


The resultant UV light reflection increases the “contrast-ratio” between the bait and other submerged vegetation and structure, therefore enabling the infamous predator and ambush response associated with all small and largemouth bass. This “contrast-ratio” is nothing new and is the same metric that humans use when viewing a picture, computer screen or TV.  The higher the contrast-ratio, the higher the likelihood for increased visual detail and object clarity. Tightline’s “Ultimate Vision” Contrast-Baits are designed to work because fish are many times more likely to see them.


Tightlines has a wide range of lures coming including swimbaits


The Tightlines lures imitate the natural prey that fish feed on, and the UV light reflection intensity imitates what crawfish, worms, shad, minnows produce.  In addition, Tightlines’ NIP Technology works on sunny and cloudy days, still or windy days, clear and stained water. As long as there is light the lures are designed to work.


Shawn Collins shows us the unique Tightlines "Ultimate Vision" lures


Conclusion: At the show Tightline’s introduced “UV” Colors for fresh and saltwater fishing including UV Green, UV Blue, UV Craw, and UV Purple. The company offers a number of baits making use of the technology including stickbaits, a lizard, a variety of worms, and flukes. These lures really stood out under the blacklights which were used as a simulation. The lures come in a variety of sizes and retail for $5.99 with two lures per pack, making them one of the more expensive plastics out there. Does improved response triggered by how bass perceive the Tightlines lures justify the cost? The bass will really have to be the judge of that, but there is no doubt that there is plenty of science behind the unique design of the Tightlines “Ultimate Vision” offering.  









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