Keri: What are your three tips for choosingcolor?Greg Hackney: You know, always number onefor 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 pickmy baits, you know, if it’s darker water,I like darker colors and lighter water viceversa, lighter colors. And last would be weather, you know, becausethe deal is a green pumpkin may be the bestchoice when it’s sunny and slick, but on aday that it’s cloudy and rainy, black andblue may be a better choice. Brent Ehrler: Yeah, green pumpkin when thewater’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 severaldifferent colors, whether it’s a Red Crawleror a Morning Dawn, you know, some sort ofa green Aaron’s Magic. That’s the only one I’ll change things up. When it comes to Yamamoto, there’s only twocolors: 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 outthere. Believe me, there’s plenty of colors thatwork amazing and if you like something, useit. It comes down to confidence. If you have confidence in it, that’s whatyou’re gonna catch the fish on, within reason. You just keep it simple and go with the greensor 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 thecountry I feel like it’s something that weconstantly are trying to get an advantageand 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 thatI 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, blackblue sapphire, green pumpkin, and then I throwsomething with a little flake in it like asooner or a watermelonred. Those are the majority of my three. Another color that Gene Larew makes it’s calledMinnesota Flash. For clear water, it’s a real dark watermelonwith a little blue tint in it, thoseare pretty much the four that I’m gonna throwthe 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 utilizethe majority of the time. You can throw other colors, you can throwsomething different, but at the end of theday if you find the fish, and finding thefish 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 bluegillor something, you can adjust it according. Ott DeFoe: I’ve mentioned it two or threetimes, you know, bait colors for me, whetherit’s hard baits, jigs, soft baits, I carryfive 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 Imade a color change and it. . . I mean I startedcatching a lot more fish or stopped gettingshort strikes and got more fish to committo the bait. So color does matter, don’t think that itdoesn’t, but you don’t have to count the flakesin your worm. The general hue, the general color definitelycan matter, but, you know, as long as youcarry some greens, some browns, some blackand blue, you’re gonna have the basics coveredwith that kind of stuff. Brandon Palaniuk: Yup. And picking colors for me is really aboutwater clarity, and a lot of people think thatbecause you have dirty water that you wannathrow these great big bright colors, you know,white, chartreuse, and we do that with spinnerbaitsand chatterbaits a lot because you’re gettingsomething that has a lot of vibration, andso it’s all meshing together. But if you’re flipping a jig like I talkedabout earlier, and you’ve got that kind ofmilky, dirty water, you actually need somethingthat’s gonna contrast against that, and thenI’m gonna throw a lot of black, black andblue, black and purple, those kind of colors,that are gonna contrast well with that lightercolor water. And as you get into the cleaner water, youwant 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 3things 99% of the time: shad, bluegills andcrawdads, so always think about that whenyou’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 andblack and blue and I could compete out hereday in, day out. Yes, obviously there’s some other hues offboth of those that become important, but forme, the lighter. . . the clearer the water, themore transparent I want the bait to be. The darker, the muddier the water, the moresolid 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 watercolor determine choosing a color?Well there. . . so here’s. . . there’s one ruleof thumb I’ll give you, there is no rightand there is no wrong. Well, I shouldn’t say there is no right, butthere is no wrong color, so there’s a lotof times that even fishing really muddy waterwhere I catch them on green pumpkin, whichblends with the water more than you say ablack and blue, which would be a very commonlyused color. But you get in a high pressure, post-frontbluebird skies where that black and blue isjust too bold, where you go to green pumpkin. So I can’t tell you which color for whichsituation because there is no. . . there’s nowrong color for any situation, it’s just amatter 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!