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TOPIC: Trimmed color selection, thanks senkosam

Trimmed color selection, thanks senkosam 2 years 7 months ago #2793

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Hey Senko, our recent discussions and a desire to see the results :

First off the only hard baits I use are Jitterbugs , fun when I was a kid even more fun now
ALL I USE ARE SOFT PLASTICS; and different things to get them to various places in the water column; Crig, Trig, Jigs and swim bait hooks
Now I keep it basic: Curly Tails Worms, Straight Tail Worms, Tubes, Brush Hogs,Grubs and Toads
MY COLOR ASSORTMENT FOR THESE:
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin
Its what I use by choice any way, some have some lighter greens and purples mixed in but Primary color is GREEN PUMPKIN

I have a Few different colors all greens in Sticko's
and I have an assortment of browns and greens for craw fish WHICH IS THE ONLY CLASS OF BAIT THAT FOR ME COLOR AFFECTS BITE
and also a few different shades of Paddle tails for the Sacramento and American River m Delta fishing
My tackle bag weighed 48 lbs when I started this out it now weighs 23 lbs
I bet my success goes up as I will stay what the single most successful color I have used I a 65 years old, my first bag of worms was purple many many years ago then I got my first Green Pumpkin in 1992, and more and more my most successful choice, so why carry any others'
I am a mook fisherman , who fishes for fun, company in the boat being just as important as the action in the water
I catch enough fish to make me happy and I am no pro, expert or You Tube/ Forum product pusher
It's fishing, if it gets more involved than that, I will take up napping
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Trimmed color selection, thanks senkosam 2 years 7 months ago #2797

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Thanks BTW.
When it comes to color choices, they fall way down on the list when it comes to lure design/type/action. Again just my opinion, but color can enhance a baits effectiveness depending on what I believe is the current irritability factor fish are experiencing the day or even hour we cast lures to them. For example, is it the skirt color of a spinnerbait that matters most or the flash of the blade(s) - or both?

About ten years ago I fished a smallie river in fall and discovered a shoreline that held many bass. Pretty much most lures worked: j & p, shallow plugs, soft plastics, etc. Seeing as how the fish were easy to provoke into striking most lure types, I brought along eight or more spinner baits with willow leaf blades but different color skirts. All got hit! Flash, color or both? Color was obviously not the important variable in the equation. I've repeated this experiment using different jig skirt colors - some pretty wacky looking - and caught bass.

Most days pretty much most colors work though some other not as well or not at all, which again has to in my opinion with using colors that enhance a lure's action/ profile/and size specific to what fish find most irritating. As I've suggested many times before, the angler doesn't cast lures to convince a fish that a lure is prey, but that lures are chosen that 1.stimulate its senses and 2. provoke an aggressive response. Off all the lures Bass Pro sells, so few accomplish that simple achievement most times of year and do so in just a few colors. If one experiments with different colors on a day fish are easier to provoke, one finds this to be absolutely the case - I have!

When I report having caught over 50 fish on one outing, included in that number are dinks. Fish are fish regardless of size and age and older fish aren't necessarily wiser fish - just more selective at times of baits that prompt an attack from an inactive state. Topwater lures work far less of the time than say soft plastics and skirted jigs with trailers. Large baits much of the time don't work as well as medium size lures. Both are lure factors that address irritability and the degree fish can be provoked to striking unknown objects just passing through at that right moment.

Lure action, size and shape take precedence over color/ flash, but like the combination of a lock, some work far better than others some or most of the time. Catching fish on what works for you is proof the experiment worked, keeping in mind the equation: fish location(s) + the right lure(s) + the right presentation = fish in the net ! - color being a lure variable that might contribute.
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I am also of the opinion they bite out of hunger, and it really dont make a difference as long as they bite. I am no expert, and like you as long as I am catching fish I am happy, sometimes I dont even need to catch fish, depends on the company in the boat ! See ya around

ps everyone once in a while I catch something bigger, they go back in just like the rest, I dont even own a tape measure or a scale, that BS is not important to me
It's fishing, if it gets more involved than that, I will take up napping
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Case in point. Today started out slow under an overcast sky and in water that had dropped a few degrees since last time I fished this body of water and was as smooth as glass. 40 fish later (five species), I pretty much confirmed the initial post about lure color vs. lure design. Bright opaque chartreuse worked as did more subdued colors with metal flakes. A few fish bit curl tails, but the majority of fish were caught on different straight tail designs and one grub that always does good has four flat sides.

An important discovery involved the use of a fine steel wire leader I attach directly to the jighead line tie. Pickerel have been reducing my inventory of jigs and I don't like using steel leaders with clips. First fish caught was a sunny! Next was a bass and then a perch. Picks stayed away - probably knew there was no chance they would break my line and run off with my lure. I'll fish this rig tomorrow on another lake just to see what bites with the wire in place.
Today started out slow under an overcast sky and in water that had dropped a few degrees since last time I fished this body of water and was as smooth as glass. 40 fish later (five species), I pretty much confirmed my theory about lure color vs. lure design. Bright opaque chartreuse worked as did more subdued colors with metal flakes. A few fish bit curl tails, but the majority of fish were caught on different straight tail designs - even on one four flat sided grub that always does good.
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