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Try Bright Baits When Sight-Fishing Bass

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October 19, 2014
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While pink isn’t a common underwater color, these fising lures and baits can trigger aggressive bites.

From season opener to autumn, I sight fish for bass whenever conditions allow. Although many smallmouth and largemouth bass are deep at this point in autumn, there are still shallow, sight-fishing opportunities. I find this most pronounced during unseasonably warm, sunny days. One trick I’ve learned is that using a brightly colored lure can help you catch more fish when sight fishing.

Bright Baits – Score One for Visibility

I use bright baits because I can easily see them, especially when wearing polarized sunglasses. For example, I can see a hot pink jerkbait much sooner into the retrieve than I can a naturally colored lure. Knowing the position of the lure is useful. It lets me adjust the retrieve to position the lure near cover and structure where bass may lurk. Or I can steer the bait away from snags.

Trigger Bites With Bright Baits

Another advantage of being able to see a bright bait is you can also watch behind the lure for following bass. The sooner you know a fish is in pursuit, the sooner you can adjust the retrieve to trigger a bite. Depending on the mood of the fish, I may speed up, twitch, or pause a lure - all have their time and place for instigating a hit.

Chartreuse, hot pink, and clown are common palettes in my tackle box. These colors don’t resemble much in nature, but a loud paint pattern can trigger bass to bite some days.

Try using a brightly colored lure the next time you’re sight-fishing. It’ll help you position the lure in prime water and trigger following bass to attack

For more sight-fishing tips for bass, visit Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass or Sight Fishing Smallmouth Tips at Bsss Pro Shops 1Source.

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Tim Allard

Tim Allard hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He's a full-time outdoor journalist and author and photographer of the multi-award winning book, "Ice Fishing - The Ultimate Guide" (2010), which is also available in French under the title, "Pêche sur glace". Tim regularly contributes to numerous North American print and online publications. For more information visit

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