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#11439898 - 02/25/16 08:00 PM Jig color and water-Bardwell
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Trying to up my game this year. I've been reading and watching videos of people talking about jig color and water color. I can accept that it matters but I can't understand why a darkish jig works better in water that is hard to see in. Why?

I usually use minnows. I've used jigs in the past but not with much success. I usually fish Navarro Mills but I'm going to Bardwell and the marina there. What colors would work best in their water?
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#11439923 - 02/25/16 08:06 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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Blue and white are good spawn colors
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#11440185 - 02/25/16 09:35 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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The dark jig provides a contrast to the dingy water.
The conventional wisdom doesn't always play out for jig colors with crappie. Crappie can be so picky at times that you need to experiment. But I'd say the basic recommendation of bright or dark colors in dingy water and natural colors in clearer water will work the majority of the time.
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#11440724 - 02/26/16 07:57 AM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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I fished Bardwell almost exclusively last summer into fall. 99% of the crappie I caught were on the Crappie Magnet, in the salt & pepper color. All came off of brush piles. I have never fished the marina, so no help there. Check out some of my posts from Bardwell. I posted a pic of the jig I use, in one of them. Good Luck
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#11441625 - 02/26/16 01:07 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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Originally Posted By: HOTFishing
Trying to up my game this year. I've been reading and watching videos of people talking about jig color and water color. I can accept that it matters but I can't understand why a darkish jig works better in water that is hard to see in. Why?

I usually use minnows. I've used jigs in the past but not with much success. I usually fish Navarro Mills but I'm going to Bardwell and the marina there. What colors would work best in their water?


Those marina folks are very helpful over there...just ask them...they know the specifics on that lake and will tell you what you need to know, when you get there...Incidentally, Gaby gave a great answer to your question...Salt and pepper, interesting color...

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#11441915 - 02/26/16 03:11 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
natebzy Offline
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Have had good luck with monkey milk , black/ chartruese, Cajun cricket ... And they have a line of jigs made from someone local called bardwell special ..red head with white/brown body .
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#11441917 - 02/26/16 03:12 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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Have you been out lately rods454?
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#11442181 - 02/26/16 05:01 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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I have not. Want to go tomorrow, but don't feel like fighting the wind they are predicting. How bout you natebzy?
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#11442244 - 02/26/16 05:39 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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Thanks guys. Called the marina this afternoon and asked how they were biting. They said it was picking up. Taking the family and a friend of my daughter. I'll be sure and pick up some more jigs while I'm there. I think I've got the Cajun cricket in my tackle box. How often should I change jigs?
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#11442342 - 02/26/16 06:50 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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I would put something different on each pole and see what they will bite. JMHO. Good luck!
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#11442484 - 02/26/16 07:58 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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Thanks I'll do that. I'm ready to get my fish on fish
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#11443143 - 02/27/16 08:34 AM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
Alfster Offline
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Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 21
Loc: Venus, Texas
Black/char, Black gum, and Blue Thunder have all served me well at the Marina. If people are catching fish ask them what they are using, Most people their are friendly and will disclose what they are using.
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#11443441 - 02/27/16 12:43 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
TVB Offline
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Registered: 04/12/07
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Loc: Grand Prairie
I went yesterday. Things were really slow for everyone. Most of the fish yesterday were caught on "suicide" made by Lilypad jigs. They sell them in the store or you can go to lilypadjigs.com. That color works good out there often. Some others that work good there are cotton candy, thump me, sea monkey, candylicious and he also makes a Bardwell special.

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#11444175 - 02/27/16 09:05 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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No sir rods454 .. Haven't had a chance to take the boat out .. I did have a chance to get to the creek for a lil bit and catch some sandies .. But this was last weekend .. May try in the morning .


Edited by natebzy (02/27/16 09:05 PM)
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#11444178 - 02/27/16 09:06 PM Re: Jig color and water-Bardwell [Re: HOTFishing]
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No sir rods454 .. Haven't had a chance to take the boat out .. I did have a chance to get to the creek for a lil bit and catch some sandies .. But this was last weekend .. May try in the morning .


Edited by natebzy (02/27/16 09:06 PM)
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