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Does Lure Color ACTUALLY Matter?

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In my experience, no, color does not matter.  Some colors might have a slight edge if the Bass are keyed in on a certain bait, but those are pretty rare times and that color will undoubtedly be in the truck anyway!!  ;)


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I don't know what the fish thinks, but I thought violet/blue will disappear first because of their low wave length. Ultra violet has less penetration capability than visible light and even glass will block some amount of UV rays. Red on the other hand I thought has more penetration capability. Hence the use of infra red rays to expand blood vessels in some medical devices or in fog lights. Can someone give some more info on this?

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Many of us have experienced a time when color seemingly matters. A buddy slays the fish with a certain color but others are less successful. It's hard to tell what's truly at play here - is it the color or something about the presentation? I tend to think that it's not just the color.

 

My take, it matters to an extent - light VS dark VS contrasting patterns(dark back with lighter belly). White and yellow in white are basically the same. Black and blurple - ditto. I really only fish at night though so ymmv.

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Best color is black. Offers contrast against any viewing angle and against any bottom or surface. Even at 1000 ft it still is discernible against what's down there, although, I prefer to drop glow there. White would be next and yellow/lime green/chartreuse when the water is dirty.

 

It's only in crystal clear water with slow presentations where being realistic might help but you can probably still get away with black or white.

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Sometimes

 

First choice silver flash, I've startled fish and onlyknew they were there by the flash.

 

Pink for weakies and fluke in the back water.

 

Yellow in the surf.

 

White or glow in deep water.

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When the article says "color disappears" it seems to me to be saying that the lure looks dark or black from that point down. So I would think based on this article that you would want to choose the color that works in the top of the water column and not worry about it when the lure goes deep.

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The way for you personally to settle this debate is the next time your into steady fish, with let's say a blue mackerel colored plug, remove the plug and put on the same style plug in yellow and see what happens. I suspect that when the fish are actively feeding, lure size, shape and action are what pulls their triggers. When the fish are very picky, color may add an incentive for them to strike but maybe not.

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