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When using plastic baits (worms, lizards, centipedes, tubes, senkos) when fishing on the bottom, I've had success with, or had people swear by, the following colors:

- Green
- Brown
- Black
- Red Shad
- June Bug
- Cotton Candy (a translucent pink)

Of the above colors, I've had success with green, june bug, and cotton candy in clear water. Brown and black seem to work better in stained water, but black will also work in clear water, and brown seems to work pretty well in clearer reservoirs with a brownish tint to the water. I don't throw red shad lures, but one of the fisherman in my local club swears by this color, and he does pretty well. I used to use puple some, but have gotten away from throwing that color much in recent years.

Are there other colors I should consider using? What colors do you like to use when fishing plastic lures on the bottom?
 

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Try a white tube with silver sparkle in the spring time.
 

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Hey Craig........


SSSSSHHHHHHHHH! LOL

That Black Neon is also a great color.

And now that your giving away ALL of little secrets why dont you just publish a list of my honey holes too! LOL:D
 

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Witty: I have seen countless colors that are successful in Bass fishing.....all of the ones you mentioned, certainly, all of the tubes that Craig posted up on here.....

endless.....
 

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The other thing about color is that there are days that you would swear that the only color working is the one that you are throwing, but, more often than not, there are others guys who would swear that the different color they are throwing is the only one that is drawing strikes.

Confidence in a color is probably more important than the color itself . . . well . . . to a point :D
 

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lure colors? match the hatch!

When I decide on a color, the first thing I ask myself is "Do I need visibility, or to be natural?" Sometimes, when fish are very active, the very visible colors are great. But 90% of the time the bass are inactive, or at least nuetral. Because I do a ton of sight-fishing, I see every strike, and every refusal. Therefore, I choose (or make) lures and flies that immitate the forage fish. For instance, all my spinnerbaits for shallow water immitate bluegills, pumpkinseeds, crappies, small bass, etc. (you can custom make skirts from M & N Custom Fishing tackle (507-367-4584). Most of my soft plastics are customs from Snakebite Custom Fishing Tacke, in Idaho. Sometimes I will combine immitative and attractive aspects into one lure (for instance, a jig and grub combo in Black/white/silver, but with a bright red tail on the grub similar to gill colors). I have always done well keeping my mind on what is in the water, and off what the crowd is doing.
 
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