Tip on bait color

Discussion in 'Bass Fishing' started by catman529, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I am a big fan of soft baits, especially craws & grubs. I have discovered over a couple years of bass fishing that in clear water, the bait & fish are darker - bass have darker markings, and crawdads are usually a very dark green. But when water gets muddy, the fish lighten. I used a light-colored soft bait in dirty water conditions recently to catch 3 bass, one after the other. When the water is less muddy, a green pumkin works better. I fish a stream and this is the usual pattern. Anybody notice this?
     
  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Jon a god rule of thumb to follow on color is this
    Muddy Water-----Black/Blue
    Stained Water----Green Pumpkin
    Clear to Stained---Watermellon Green
    Clear Water--------Whites, Silvers, Pinks

    There are several varations you can add like chart. Red, orange to the tails.
    I hope this might be of some help. Good Fishing
     

  3. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I know that's the standard, like the most visible or whatever, but I was trying to "match the hatch" and what I was using seems to work ok.
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with match the hatch. It's the best way to go. The fish will normaly react to the food they are use to first. Use what works for you and what you have the most confidence in. Good Fishing.