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    Well……. I took my friend fishing on Wednesday. He catches tons more fish than I do and he wanted to watch what I was doing so we could make changes. Corrections as needed. He saw very little wrong though. In fact he liked several of my innovations and we talked a lot as we went along because the fish were very uncooperative.

    It was 40 degrees when we headed out across the lake. Man that was brisk. Felt like an August day when I stopped. I sat him up front with six rods, and I wandered around on the boat and fished just four rods. I handled the fish for the most part and did all the detangling operations. He had to steer using the hand controlled TM.

    His recommendations were good and I was grateful to receive them.

    We decided that I should alter two of the six rod holders up front, and instead of fishing those rods on sinkers straight off the side of the boat, adjust and then fish 6 long lines from the front. 16’ - 11’ - 6’. Next eliminate two of the rods in the back of the boat, and fish the other two using trolling sinkers for down riggers right in close to the back. 10’.

    I made the changes yesterday while waiting for family to arrive for Thanksgiving.

    We talked about jigs, and he suggested that I was too reliant on a combo of colors that catch fish for me, but not as many fish as his catch. He said he uses four colors and likes to offer all four while fishing. I looked at the four he was mentioning. One was indeed the one I am so fond of. Three curly tail grubs and one paddle tail. I saw the jig heads and they were store bought plain old things, but all of them were the same color. I asked if that color head was anything special or did he just have some of these lying around. He smiled. I am gonna make some new heads soon. LOL

    I don’t wish to blab away all of his secrets and such what he shared, but if you follow some of the other threads of mine I am sure you will notice some changes in what I will be making. I have had time to think about what I learned. How he swapped out one of my jigs for one of his and started to catch fish. I saw that. No really I watched him do that and then this morning saw where this old thread was back and folks were interested in colors, and stories about colors, and decided to add this drivel about colors.

    I surmise it all has to do with the quality of the water. The fish must grow up in it, learn to hunt in it, and if successful at that, mature. The eyeballs of the fish are the same whether the water is clear or cloudy, but a fish from clear water probably wouldn’t live long in cloudy, and vice versa. Starve to death as they would be at a disadvantage with the minnows that……grew up in that water.

    I have read that dark baits are more easily seen in stained water, but his baits were not dark at all. Brightly colored. The jig head was brightly colored. I am thinking that in my lakes the fish key in on lightly colored jigs much better. The color combo that I discovered to be so successful for me was only one key to the lock. Now I have three other keys, and that might make the difference for me going forward. This man has won tournaments, and wins consistently, and has crappie fished for fifty years…..IN THESE EXACT SAME LAKES !!!!

    I would say that makes him an expert, and me a fool if I don’t surrender and just join in. So I will be making some new jig heads, and ordering some new plastic baits. I also plan to tie up some bucktail jigs using these color combinations, even if they will not be a perfect match. He let me take a picture of his open jig box for reference.

    Because I make my own lures and such, I hope to best his performance. Tall order I know. I saw that he uses a few jig heads, and adds plastic baits as needed. Well what a pain that was. Every fish they were pulled down and even after reeling in no fish on they were pulled down. I mentioned that I glued my baits to the heads and he seemed curious an d said so all your baits have jigs on them already, and I said yes. I plan to keep doing this because it really bugs me when I see a jig spinning, twirling, because the bait has slid down.

    I also mentioned to him about the new rig I will be using very soon. He had heard of such a thing but had never seen one. We discussed it a little and decided they would be best fished on the two rods in the back with sinkers on them for depth control. I think they will do just fine and might nab me a trophy.



    So in conclusion, I have formulated some facts. Number one is be ready to adapt. Next up, try to limit your selections to just a few colors, the ones that work best for your lake. Try to figure this out as he has done. Finally, whatever you think you know for certain is actually open for change at the same rate as the fish teach. HAH !!!! That is right, be flexible because they are a fickle lot.
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    Good stuff. For me I found out years ago color don’t matter nearly as much as presentation. I use to pour a whole lot and took a lot of tackle with me. Now a days I have one small bin of plastics, one small tackle bag of hand ties as well as drop shot and weight stuff and then lastly a compartment tray of size 1/16-1/4oz jigheads. Doesn’t matter the lake, clarity or weather I just tie on what I feel like at that time and I’ll fish it until I lose it or have to downsize. I have several rods tied up with either plastics or handties and will alternate between them. Most of what I tie on has three colors and usually bright. Head one color, body another and then tail the last color. When I do tone it done it’s usually a grey ghost color or just a pearl body of come sorts. I also don’t beg them to bite. I’m constantly moving to find active fish. I have one friend that will go with me and we won’t be in a spot but a few minutes and I’m pulling up trolling motor. Throws him for a loop when I do. Lol.

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    Well I couldn’t stand it and was weak and did fail. Yup, visited Slabanator.com again.

    Ordered some of his BootyThumpers. I was very impressed with the quality of the plastic and the brightness of the colors. They are durable and offer a great swimming motion as well. I can see my rod tips wiggling as they swim.

    Got four colors that are a close match to what I saw in his lure box. I think these will serve me very well going forward. My plan is to use just these new baits on the new jig heads I will make when mold arrives, painted in the color the man was using. Well as close as I can get anyways.

    I just trust that the guy wasn’t snookering me about it all, and I watched him change off my very carefully selected jig for one of his and BAM. The fish definitely preferred his jigs.

    So old Slabanator got me yet again.
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    Some good observations and tips here, Micanopy and dr nip. Thanks!
    Bob

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