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#497670 - 10/18/18 10:04 PM Re: Amazing the variety of soft plastic fish attack [Re: SENKOSAM]
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Registered: 07/23/16
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Loc: New York
The only thing where color matters IMO is contrast to a background, whether sky, sideways in the water column or bottom.
I could show you many pictures of many fish caught on many colors in different waters - many on the same day and in the same water.

Today I poured clear mini-sticks and I guarantee they will catch fish especially now that the water is cooling and getting clearer. That's pretty much the minimum visual contrast needed for a fish to take interest and the lure's action does its stuff.

Each lure I make will work in just a few colors or one color and I don't need to carry more, but lure action and shape are priorities ; color may enhance both.


Edited by SENKOSAM (10/19/18 11:19 AM)

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#497689 - 10/19/18 12:12 PM Re: Amazing the variety of soft plastic fish attack [Re: SENKOSAM]
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mini-stick? clear?

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#497708 - 10/20/18 02:21 AM Re: Amazing the variety of soft plastic fish attack [Re: SENKOSAM]
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Originally Posted By: SENKOSAM
The only thing where color matters IMO is contrast to a background, whether sky, sideways in the water column or bottom.
I could show you many pictures of many fish caught on many colors in different waters - many on the same day and in the same water.

Today I poured clear mini-sticks and I guarantee they will catch fish especially now that the water is cooling and getting clearer. That's pretty much the minimum visual contrast needed for a fish to take interest and the lure's action does its stuff.

Each lure I make will work in just a few colors or one color and I don't need to carry more, but lure action and shape are priorities ; color may enhance both.


Clear lures in clear water makes good sense to me. The fish can sense movement via lateral line, but have a harder time seeing it. Thus, they are probably slower to identify it as a fake. Even if caught, they will likely not condition as rapidly to avoid a lure they never see clearly.


Edited by anthropic (10/20/18 02:22 AM)
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#497717 - 10/20/18 09:18 AM Re: Amazing the variety of soft plastic fish attack [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 07/23/16
Posts: 16
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: canyoncreek
mini-stick? clear?


When it comes to clear plastic lures, whether a clear plastic crankbait or soft plastic lure, there is no such thing as no color in water. It's not like looking through a pane of glass which is totally transparent, flat and thin.

Lures are thick, bent and curved resulting in whatever light passing through clear plastic to outline whatever background color is behind, beneath or above them resulting in a three-dimensional colored object fish easily see regardless water clarity. Here are two examples:



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they are probably slower to identify it as a fake.

As regards that statement, I have an opinion many may disagree with. I've caught fish casting pretty much ever lure design ever made and find more every year when I make lures of varied designs. Based on thousands of observations, here is my simple explanation of why fish strike lures:

Fish sense prey and lures. Both must be of a certain size for them to attack. The action of prey is natural and defined for that species; the action nor the appearance of lures need be natural or realistic copies of anything in nature.

But lures must meet certain requirements live prey don't (except size) in order to provoke a fish to strike.Convincing fish that a lure is a real animal is a human assumption why fish strike lures but with many glaring exceptions. Just the variety of lures presented above is enough proof fish don't think but simply react when certain lure parameters are in place.

Coincidental life imitations may happen, but fish simply react because lure size and action, as well as presentation are precise and within a range. When choosing lures, they are my only considerations.
This is a theory anyone can prove for themselves.


Edited by SENKOSAM (10/20/18 06:43 PM)

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#497718 - 10/20/18 10:03 AM Re: Amazing the variety of soft plastic fish attack [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 07/23/16
Posts: 16
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: canyoncreek
mini-stick? clear?


Normal size bass stick bait:


Mini-sticks:


I used the bottom stick rigged on a 1/32 oz jig under a float and caught panfish yesterday. The two above it also worked using 1/32, 1/24 and 1/16 oz jigs, cast & retrieved slowly at different depths around the boat. Water temperature dropped from 70 a week ago to 50 so I figured smaller and slower were in order. Lure size and action are what the fish ordered!

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