How To Choose The Best Lure Colors | Bass Fishing

Keri: What are your three tips for choosing
color?Greg Hackney: You know, always number one
for picking. . . the number one choice for pickingcolor would be what the forage species is. You know, are those fish eating crawfish,
are they eating bluegill, are they eatingshad?That’s always number one. Number two is always water color. You know, if the water’s. . . I typically pick
my baits, you know, if it’s darker water,I like darker colors and lighter water vice
versa, lighter colors. And last would be weather, you know, because
the deal is a green pumpkin may be the bestchoice when it’s sunny and slick, but on a
day that it’s cloudy and rainy, black andblue may be a better choice. Brent Ehrler: Yeah, green pumpkin when the
water’s clear, green pumpkin when the water’smedium, and black and blue when it’s dirty. So you really only need two colors. The only exception is Roboworms. When I get into a Roboworm it’s gonna be several
different colors, whether it’s a Red Crawleror a Morning Dawn, you know, some sort of
a green Aaron’s Magic. That’s the only one I’ll change things up. When it comes to Yamamoto, there’s only two
colors: green pumpkin, black and blue. Just a straight black with a blue flake. That’s all you need, just keep it simple. You don’t need all the different colors out
there. Believe me, there’s plenty of colors that
work amazing and if you like something, useit. It comes down to confidence. If you have confidence in it, that’s what
you’re gonna catch the fish on, within reason. You just keep it simple and go with the greens
or the blacks and the natural colors, you’regonna catch them. Keri: Perfect. Now tell us your top three tips for color. Jacob Wheeler: Colors. Now see, you know, traveling all over the
country I feel like it’s something that weconstantly are trying to get an advantage
and trying to throw something that maybe ourother competitor is not. And, you know, I try to keep it very simple,
I really do. I have a few of my little sneaky colors that
I don’t talk a whole lot about, but for themost part I’m really on three. You know, soft plastic colors, I’m blacks,
I’m black blue, black sapphire. I’m either black, black blue black, black
blue sapphire, green pumpkin, and then I throwsomething with a little flake in it like a
sooner or a watermelonred. Those are the majority of my three. Another color that Gene Larew makes it’s called
Minnesota Flash. For clear water, it’s a real dark watermelon
with a little blue tint in it, thoseare pretty much the four that I’m gonna throw
the majority of the time. Now if they’re really keyed in on something,
I might mess around with some dye, but thoseare those four that I’m definitely gonna utilize
the majority of the time. You can throw other colors, you can throw
something different, but at the end of theday if you find the fish, and finding the
fish is more important sometimes than catchingbecause once you go back there in the tournament,
using those colors they’re probably gonnabite it, but if they’re eating on a bluegill
or something, you can adjust it according. Ott DeFoe: I’ve mentioned it two or three
times, you know, bait colors for me, whetherit’s hard baits, jigs, soft baits, I carry
five or six colors and I make it work allacross the country. For me, I feel like action is most important. Size and profile is extremely important. Color matters, and I’ve seen times where I
made a color change and it. . . I mean I startedcatching a lot more fish or stopped getting
short strikes and got more fish to committo the bait. So color does matter, don’t think that it
doesn’t, but you don’t have to count the flakesin your worm. The general hue, the general color definitely
can matter, but, you know, as long as youcarry some greens, some browns, some black
and blue, you’re gonna have the basics coveredwith that kind of stuff. Brandon Palaniuk: Yup. And picking colors for me is really about
water clarity, and a lot of people think thatbecause you have dirty water that you wanna
throw these great big bright colors, you know,white, chartreuse, and we do that with spinnerbaits
and chatterbaits a lot because you’re gettingsomething that has a lot of vibration, and
so it’s all meshing together. But if you’re flipping a jig like I talked
about earlier, and you’ve got that kind ofmilky, dirty water, you actually need something
that’s gonna contrast against that, and thenI’m gonna throw a lot of black, black and
blue, black and purple, those kind of colors,that are gonna contrast well with that lighter
color water. And as you get into the cleaner water, you
want your green pumpkins, watermelons, thingsthat are gonna blend and look more natural. Keri: Sure. Thank you very much, Brandon. Edwin Evers: Okay, color. You guys gotta remember we’re imitating 3
things 99% of the time: shad, bluegills andcrawdads, so always think about that when
you’re choosing colors. I don’t care if a bass is in South Carolina,
California, Texas, Minnesota, those are the3 things that a bass eats 90% of the time. So really you can give me green pumpkin and
black and blue and I could compete out hereday in, day out. Yes, obviously there’s some other hues off
both of those that become important, but forme, the lighter. . . the clearer the water, the
more transparent I want the bait to be. The darker, the muddier the water, the more
solid the color I want it to be. Keri: How do you choose lure color?Skeet Reese: How do I choose lure color?Oh wow. It’s based on water color, water temperature,
season, but for the most part, if you lookat all my boxes of Berkely baits, I simplify. I’m a 6 to 10 color guy. So as far as water color, how does the water
color determine choosing a color?Well there. . . so here’s. . . there’s one rule
of thumb I’ll give you, there is no rightand there is no wrong. Well, I shouldn’t say there is no right, but
there is no wrong color, so there’s a lotof times that even fishing really muddy water
where I catch them on green pumpkin, whichblends with the water more than you say a
black and blue, which would be a very commonlyused color. But you get in a high pressure, post-front
bluebird skies where that black and blue isjust too bold, where you go to green pumpkin. So I can’t tell you which color for which
situation because there is no. . . there’s nowrong color for any situation, it’s just a
matter of going through maybe trying a fewdifferent colors in the situation you’re in. Keri: Thank you, those are great tips. Everybody Keri May with BassResource. com. Come visit us!

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