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#11715988 - 07/10/16 10:37 PM Color of deep diving crank baits.
Bill Durham Offline
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Really curious as to the various opinions of you guys about color on deep diving cranks. I was talking to a guy that works for Strike King at the airport today and I asked him the question and he said that the general opinion of the Elite BASS anglers is color really doesn't make much difference down at 20'.. its the action and sound of the bait. He said that most of the colors that the deep diving baits come in are more designed to lure in the fisherman than the fish.
I am no guru on deep diving cranks.. have only caught 1 fish on one but I probably have 10 of them. What is your opinion on color and deep diving cranks?
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#11716011 - 07/10/16 10:54 PM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Most shad patterns look the same at 20ft. It's more about boat position and presentation

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#11716094 - 07/11/16 12:51 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad Offline
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Agree ^^^^

I usually throw a citrus or chartreuse blue back depending on water color, I think action and sound of the bait play a bigger impact on catch ratio at 20ft plus than colors.
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#11716100 - 07/11/16 01:21 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
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I guess if the water is Gin clear maybe it matter's more, but then you're probably not using a crank bait anyway. I don't think a detailed pattern matters much on cranks because of the speed at which most are fished. The deeper you go the less color matters as stated above.
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#11716209 - 07/11/16 07:29 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Stickchunker Offline
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I just read an article from Paul Elias, he says you need 3 colors, anything with Chartreuse to mimic Bluegill, Crawfish & Shad!
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#11716250 - 07/11/16 07:56 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
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I read an article years ago in bassmaster on color changes in different depths of water. It was done in Florida in gin clear water. After around 15' almost all colors turned brown or brownish.


Edited by Txduckhunter (07/11/16 07:57 AM)

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#11716396 - 07/11/16 09:19 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Bill Durham Offline
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I noticed that Van Dam was throwing a yellow 10XD on Toledo Bend that he had taken a sharpie and put lines on the side of it, because the bass were feeding on sand bass. Made sense..

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#11716469 - 07/11/16 09:52 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Fishingking Offline
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Most Texas lakes are not gin clear. There is no light penetration at 20ft. That's why it's best if you can bounce the bait off of something or make a lot of noise with the bait.

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#11716508 - 07/11/16 10:06 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
jippedgenes Offline
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citrus shad. also had good luck with a chartreuse and dark blue back and orange belly is the water is stained up. Don't know what they call that color.

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#11716624 - 07/11/16 10:52 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
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Loc: Hemphill,Texas, USA
Anyone who has scuba dived can tell you about light penetration and color change. And the color change varies with the clarity of the water. The first colors to turn gray or Reds, followed by purples, then greens and finally blues. Black will stay black until almost no light as it absorbs all light. But the color of gray will vary depending on what the original color was. Lighter colors will be lighter colors of gray. This is why the deep ocean will appear dark blue. This is also one reason Black and Blue will catch fish in just about any color of water.

As stated above in most Texas lakes at about 15 ft. (plus or minus a couple of feet) it will turn jet black. Since bass's eyes have more rods than cones they can see in these waters better than we can, but vibration and noise become the number one attractant.
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#11716654 - 07/11/16 11:01 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Stickchunker]
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Originally Posted By: Stickchunker
I just read an article from Paul Elias, he says you need 3 colors, anything with Chartreuse to mimic Bluegill, Crawfish & Shad!


Then it is solved. Mods, you can delete this thread! Paul Elias answered out question. Thanks!
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#11716735 - 07/11/16 11:37 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Stickchunker Offline
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Maybe i should have worded my post better, he was basically stating that you do not need to spend a lot of time worrying about all of the different color variations of the 3 main colors, it is more about boat position, and making contact with the deep structure!

For what it's worth, this article was about deep cranking!
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#11716769 - 07/11/16 11:54 AM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
361V Offline
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Loc: somervell county
Color-C-Lector can answer all your answers! laugh
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#11716935 - 07/11/16 01:04 PM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Bill Durham]
Fishingking Offline
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My Grand dad was the best Color-C-Lector I ever had. He could look at the water then tell you what color to throw. Used one one time to check behind him. He was spot on every time.

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#11717237 - 07/11/16 03:44 PM Re: Color of deep diving crank baits. [Re: Stickchunker]
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Originally Posted By: Stickchunker
Maybe i should have worded my post better, he was basically stating that you do not need to spend a lot of time worrying about all of the different color variations of the 3 main colors, it is more about boat position, and making contact with the deep structure!

For what it's worth, this article was about deep cranking!


I was just making a joke bud. FWIW, I would listen to Paul Elias before me haha!
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