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Tugaloo
04-06-2005, 03:20 PM
What colors do you guys recommend for clear water. I'm thinking mostly of Panfish Assassins and Squirmin' Squirts tube tails. Also, I need to add some curly tails or triple ripple type things to my arsenal. Any recommendations of brands and colors. Again, mostly clear water. Going to BPS tomorrow.

Also, has anyone used the "Standard Trailer Dolly" that BPS has in the catalog? It has a handle, two double wheels & a ball for the trailer hitch. You hitch up the trailer to it & it's supposed to make moving the boat around a lot easier.

Tugaloo

crappster
04-06-2005, 03:31 PM
As I posted a couple days ago......Khalins Blue n' Silver curly tail. You can't go wrong in clear water with this. It WILL catch crappie. Also the Tennessee Shad color works well in clear water. I've used it for over five years now.

olelucky
04-06-2005, 03:38 PM
Blue & white works great also!

Barnacle Bill
04-06-2005, 03:41 PM
Those dollys work pretty good with a light boat. We used to move a 16ft alum Starcraft around with one. Still got it somewhere and don't need it. Too bad you are not closer.

TAE73
04-06-2005, 03:46 PM
What he said --------------->

Khalins Blue n' Silver curly tail.
Even the blue and silver skirts work good too.

Indy-Travis
04-06-2005, 03:58 PM
My favorite color for clear water (reletively shallow fishing) is red glitter pearl leg tubes, and white/pearl curly tails. I also like blue and white, pink and white, and blue with clear glitter leg tubes. It might just be the particular lake, but if the fish are hitting in the top 6 foot or so of the water column at any depth, the red/pearl leg tubes seem to out fish the rest. if Light penetration lessens (clouds or evening) and the red tails off, I switch to pink, then blue in succession.

ribit
04-06-2005, 04:21 PM
Water color and Weather. Depends on water color and how much sunlight. Lure color and presentation. High, clear skies and clear water dictate smaller lures. As water muddies larger lures. As water color increases,use more flurescent colors. Stained only see 1'-2' fish look for shape and color that is out of the norm. As water color clears go to lighter more natural, more translucent, more metal flake. As water color gets more stained, go to brighter colors such as whites, yellows and oranges. When you reach the point of 2'-4' of visiblity, try brighter flourecents, such as high-visibility blues, pinks, chartreuse or lime green. Muddy or black 1'-2' visibility, opaqueness takes over, black, brown, very dark blue and dark red are like silhouettes in mud. Stained dark green or brown water use multi-color tube jigs. Black-and-chartreuse or pink-and-yellow. Use a little glitter in real dark water. Muddy water try pink with silver, pink-and-white or spotted minnow. Chartreuse or pink in weedy areas. Bottom color, use pumkin on sandy bottom and chartreuse with rocky or dark bottom. East, spotted minnow. Midwest and South, charteuse-and-pink with silver do well.
This came out a mag. I read in the past. It is a place to start. I use a translucent charteuse with red and silver flecks with pretty good success in fairly clear water 2'-5'. lol

Kokanee King
04-06-2005, 04:41 PM
If there is one thing that I have learned from bass fishing it is that when the water is dark use dark colors if the water is clear use light colors. Works every time.

callshy
04-07-2005, 09:34 AM
Water color and Weather. Depends on water color and how much sunlight. Lure color and presentation. High, clear skies and clear water dictate smaller lures. As water muddies larger lures. As water color increases,use more flurescent colors. Stained only see 1'-2' fish look for shape and color that is out of the norm. As water color clears go to lighter more natural, more translucent, more metal flake. As water color gets more stained, go to brighter colors such as whites, yellows and oranges. When you reach the point of 2'-4' of visiblity, try brighter flourecents, such as high-visibility blues, pinks, chartreuse or lime green. Muddy or black 1'-2' visibility, opaqueness takes over, black, brown, very dark blue and dark red are like silhouettes in mud. Stained dark green or brown water use multi-color tube jigs. Black-and-chartreuse or pink-and-yellow. Use a little glitter in real dark water. Muddy water try pink with silver, pink-and-white or spotted minnow. Chartreuse or pink in weedy areas. Bottom color, use pumkin on sandy bottom and chartreuse with rocky or dark bottom. East, spotted minnow. Midwest and South, charteuse-and-pink with silver do well.
This came out a mag. I read in the past. It is a place to start. I use a translucent charteuse with red and silver flecks with pretty good success in fairly clear water 2'-5'. lol

I will have to agree with the above. I have certain colors I like to fish in clearer water (chartreuse, pink, red/white, blue/white, and white) but sometimes this is not what the fish want. A couple weeks ago we fished a Friday and caught the majority of our fish on a white Riverside curly tail. The next day, with no change in water conditions, we could not catch a fish on white. We changed to a black/blue and a black/chartruese and wore them out. Point is, you have to show them what they want.
As far as brand or type, I like the Yum curly tail (1.5") and tube (2"). The fish seem to hold on to these baits well.

scrap
04-07-2005, 10:30 AM
panfish assassins - shad w/ chartruse bellies

TAE73
04-07-2005, 10:37 AM
From what I have learned over the years of fishing. Its all a learning curve, I dont care what one person said they where biting on yesterday may not work today. You have to invest amounts of time and money to learn the colors for the situation. I care 4 of the plano 3700 boxes each box is full of different types of jigs and colors. After the time learning what they want on certain days with using the varibles of weather and water color. Before you hit the water for that day, you should have it narrrowed down to what color they want.

I do know one day I was fishing a spot, throwing a white/chart jig in dirty water. When the sun was out I would get a bites on it. But once the sun went behind a cloud no bites, and then when it came back out I start to get bites back. So I had 2 rods rigged up, and would switch depending on if the sun was out or not.

Best tool for fishing is right between your ears!

crappieseeker
04-08-2005, 03:51 PM
I fish mostly in 4 different bodies of water. Tims ford, Woods Reservoir, Normandy, and Guntersville which consists of many different areas of the Tennessee river and its tributaries. The first three are usually real clear bodies of water. Guntersville is very dingy in some areas and fairly clear in some areas. Every clear body of water I fish, I catch them on the crystal shad bass assassin and a smoke colored twister grub. They have never failed me here when I find the fish. This is southern middle Tennessee and northeast Alabama. It may be a little different in your area. I'd say if you found the right color for your area, it would work for you consistantly every time your in clear water and within a certain area close to each other, like the bodies of water I fish only being an hour apart from the furthest one away.

putor 2001
04-08-2005, 06:40 PM
Wife & I had the best luck, all last year, with "smoked" twister tails........
Stained, clear, semi-stained, all waters.......... Smoked.