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From now until the end of April all I am going to fish with is Black or White Baits. At the swap meet yesterday JD and I were talking about color and when everything becomes just a silhouette and then i read an article in Bass Master and it got me thinking so I'm going to try it and keep a record of everything. I'm also going to use three colors of 6# test red,camo and clear. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on this please feel free to post them for me. Thanks Pat
 

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I'm not too convinced of the color thing either. Last summer with senkos I found that the black and the white/green ones produced more consistently than anything else. Also found that with spinners, either black or white worked depending on the conditions. I for one would be very interested in your report!
 

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There's a particular pattern I've come across on the WI river...(I fish it 6-8times a year)... th smallmouth bass love a red /orange/black crankbait.... we can throw same bait in silver, green, or perch and no fish.... switch to the orange and bam, fish on.....just my two cents.....butplease continue your research and post your findings I'm still curious to see if this is just a fluke!!
 

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I was never a big color guy either.Marketing at it's best. Simple natural colors.

Bass is hungry he will eat what looks like forage
Bass 'react' to motion..'get that noise thing out of my area..they will remove it with their mouth'

I read the artical also Pat and will also give it a go.
 

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I'm also not too hot on a jillion colors.
This past winter I read an article quoting Kevin VanDam.

He basically used 3 colors virtually anywhere.
His primary focus was on presentation and location.

These are 2 things more important than matching the hatch...
Color might get more or bigger but its location first....

i.e.,
Maybe a slow, eratic or fast retrieve with hops?
Above the drop off adjacent to the creek inlet..

Then color..

Also, its confidence in what you are using.
That will show in knowing how to fish & react to your baits.
 

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I'm very interested to see what you discover Pat!

Water clarity has a lot to do with how well a particular color works for me. Certain colors apear to be different shades depending on how cloudy or clear the water is.

The most important thing to remember is to go with what works. It helps to fish with more people at a time. Have everyone tie on a different color (even if it is all black vs white) and see who gets more fish! Then switch and see if it is the better color or the better fisherman who catches more!
 

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For line.
I used Cajun red for a year as a test.
Awesome stuff, I'm hooked now.

I spool baitcasters with 10# cajin and a spinning rod with 6#.

Green was my go-to, so now I have green & red..
 

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I liked the cajun line too, but cant be sure if there's any difference. I'm skeptical. I believe its presentation related to conditions. And how you handle the bait while it's in the water.
 

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I tried the Cajun red line and didn't like it on my spinning tackle so I gave up on it. I found it tangled too easily. Now I use either high-end mono or fluoro. As far as colors go, I tend to agree. For darker waters a bighter color lure is better. For clear water a more natural color works better IMHO.
 

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For me the jury is still out on color, I agree with the location and usually only use natural colors. The line thing is another issue. I got fish w/10 lb powerpro, in gin clear water 90 degree temps and not a cloud in the sky before.
 

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MrB 10 lb PowerPro is only 2 lb diameter. Size probably is playing a role with that. I also think that it depends on the body of water that you are fishing and how the fish are reacting.
 

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i like all natural looking colors too. i mean, what forage fish would evolve into a predator attracting "look, here i am" chartruese color. green pumkin is my favorite.

isn't cajun red only really effective below 12 feet?
 

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Actually, the only color I really add to natural might be a red trailer feather or something. LAst year I went through the assorted lines...ended up convinced that the thinnest mono was the best. then switched to 10lb powerpro :lol: and have been happy with the results in overall conditions. I probably change my mind again :lol: This year i think i need to try rat-l-traps and crankbaits more, but haven't had much luck with either in the past.
 

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RnR fisherman said:
There's a particular pattern I've come across on the WI river...(I fish it 6-8times a year)... th smallmouth bass love a red /orange/black crankbait.... we can throw same bait in silver, green, or perch and no fish.... switch to the orange and bam, fish on.....just my two cents.....butplease continue your research and post your findings I'm still curious to see if this is just a fluke!!
I agree with you 100% that smallies love hot colors. Last year I was throwing husky jerks in a natural shad pattern and put a hurting on the largies. My brother-in-law throws on a chartruse Thunderstick and starts nailing smallies left and right.....from the back of the boat. We covered probably 500 yards of water, and he kept killing them on the chartruse, with none for me on the shad. I have seen this type of selectiveness on a few occassions. I have a white X-Rap that won't catch a fish on Delavan for nothing. Couldn't tell you why.......
 

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Thanks for all the replys guys its just a thing I want to try to both ;earn something and to force myself to catch fish with what I am fishing with.
 
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