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kyron4
01-24-2009, 08:19 PM
Is there any "scientific" explantion why Crappies are so attracted to loud bright contrasting colors like hot pink/chart., blaze orange/lime/chart., etc. None of these colors or patterns are found in the minnows they eat. Just curious and somewhat bored. ;)

slabbandit
01-24-2009, 08:38 PM
I have no idea...these colors don't look anything like the bait fish. Lime/Chart. out produced everything else that I tried today below the spillway.

CrappieKillerJigs
01-24-2009, 08:41 PM
its like you...if you see somthing diff. you dont see every day then you are going to have to take a closer look at it...well this is what i think about it....just my .02

slabbandit
01-24-2009, 08:55 PM
You're probably right CJ! Today Lime/Chart. beat out Red/Chart., Orange/Chart. and even a Tenn. Shad lookin' Bass Assassin with Glitter. This was when I was using 2 different color jigs under a bobber.

fish_4_all
01-24-2009, 09:24 PM
Glossy fluorescent colors keep their contrast better and show up better in the water. Muted colors get dulled down when wet and glossy bright colors reflect more light.

Best guestimanation I can think of.

CrappiePappy
01-25-2009, 01:54 AM
Is there any "scientific" explantion why Crappies are so attracted to loud bright contrasting colors like hot pink/chart., blaze orange/lime/chart., etc. None of these colors or patterns are found in the minnows they eat. Just curious and somewhat bored. ;)


... when you mentioned "contrasting colors". Crappie are sight feeders ... the more visible the bait, the more likely they are to see it. Contrasting colors show up better against the darker background of their underwater world. They are curious fish, too ... so, seeing something "different" can sometimes pique their interest, and they might just decide to take a taste to see if it's edible or not. :p

I disagree with the concept that "none of these colors or patterns are found in the minnows they eat". They eat more than just "minnows", or Shad. They also consume the fry and young of various other species of fish ... like Bass, Sunfish, etc. Those fish have a variety of colors in their pigmentation ... greens, blues, reds, oranges, purples, and so on. Not everything a Crappie eats is black/white or silver in color. ;)

.. cp :cool:

fish_4_all
01-25-2009, 02:19 AM
Don't forget too that a minnow will shine with almost every color I have ever seen in the right light conditions. Underwater I know that the colors of a minnow can be very brilliant and in a small school they can cause some really interesting light effects.

Not to mention that in the numbers I hear and see everyone on here catching them they are going to eat anything that moves so that their buddy can't have it.

Flat Foot
01-25-2009, 09:44 AM
They were golfers in a previous life????????????????

macon123
01-25-2009, 10:33 AM
As far as multi colors, they work well with walleye and smallmouth bass as well. There are very good answers on this thread. Good fishing, Mac

Nightprowler
01-25-2009, 03:05 PM
The shad I've seen, reflect every color of the rainbow! I think that light position and strength (dim or bright) can explain some of the reason certain colors work sometime and not others. If you keep a log of what colors works for you, in time you will see the light.

shipahoy41
01-25-2009, 03:14 PM
It is because they left their hearing aids at home! All I know is that Black and chartreuse do a pretty good job of imitating a perch baitfish and red is the color of blood which is a natural attractant to all predatory fish. White and blue as a combination underwater gives a pretty good impression of a minnow and it is a known fact that big fish eat little fish.


Now Pink will make you think! I have no earthly idea why the crappies love that as a fashion statement on a jig other than a faint resemblence to the blood family. All I know is that it works as an attractant. Perhaps they can see pink hues and chartreuse hues in stained water. If they can see it....then they will eat it. 99% of the time I am using two different colors on my jigs just to attract those with poor eyesite.

Now, when I get to heaven I'll ask the good Lord. In the meantime I am old school and fish what works. If it doesn't work, I change something until they tell me what they want that day.

Cane Pole
01-25-2009, 05:02 PM
Put a loud colored short skirt on anything, some male will go for it...MOAO

SpeckWick
01-25-2009, 06:55 PM
I think it all goes to what shows up the best in the water/light conditions. Crappie will hit the pinks, reds, bright oranges and whatnot in stained water and low light because it shows up more and they can see it. In clear water, you just don't catch many on those bright colors because they can see better and hit more natural looking colors. Of course, everyone has experienced exceptions to this idea, so....WHO KNOWS.