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#12551248 - 12/25/17 02:47 PM Tilapia color soft plastics
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Tilapia are mostly dull pearl with grayish stripes

Tilapia colored soft plastics are a dark green pumpkin with blue and black flake

Is this just an example of marketing a color to fishermen?

Or is there green pumpkin and blue in tilapia, and I’m just not seeing it?
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#12551447 - 12/25/17 07:51 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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With over 100 varieties in the Tilapia family it's going to be hard to find consistency unless custom painted to represent local varieties. The more mass marketed a color the more likely to see variations.

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#12551511 - 12/25/17 08:56 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Thanks KD. My daughter has convinced me now that tilapia colored soft plastics are more gray than green



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#12554218 - 12/28/17 09:40 AM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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The tilapia I've seen in Perky and Martin Creek are either very light green(females) almost invisible to almost solid black(males). I have seen a couple variants of those colors but that seems to be the norm.
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#12554480 - 12/28/17 01:42 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Just had this discussion last night with a friend of mine.
I like a light green (watermelon) with a touch of purple on it when I'm fishing waters with Tilapia in them.

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#12554924 - 12/28/17 07:15 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Thanks for the feedback. Very much appreciated. I’ve been puzzled getting a good tilapia soft plastic color

I’m going to try light green mixed with a drop or two of black. Maybe some violet hi-light and some blue flake
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#12556540 - 12/29/17 11:04 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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I found three recipes for tilapia color; they all had green pumpkin and blue flake. Two had violet highlight and silver+gold flake. I added a couple drops of black. Another recipe had amber

Ended up doing Tilapia/420 laminate senkos, craws, and 10 inch worms

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#12562889 - 01/03/18 01:54 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Made some Tilapia colored skirts to go with the plastics


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#12563590 - 01/04/18 07:22 AM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Those skirts look good with the flash and all!
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#12563634 - 01/04/18 07:58 AM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Thanks, picked up the skirt material from Barlow's yesterday.
They had exactly what I was looking for--gray/silver/green
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#12577647 - 01/14/18 01:10 AM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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I kinda blended several tilapia subspecies into this one. If you could do something similar in a drop shot type worm I would sure buy some. White/silver with a hint of green, lavender, and pink.
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#12577727 - 01/14/18 07:01 AM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Those look awesome
As you can see, I make my own molds out of plaster of Paris and rtv silicone; so they won’t be machine perfect

I do have two different 7.5 inch finesse worm molds that I’ve made. They’ve worked well for me on drop shot and shaky (see pic below). At times, I do cut them to make them shorter
I owe you for a couple of jerkbaits any way; please pm your Mailing address)

I’ll pour some this week in a color scheme you suggested and ship them next weekend


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#12588579 - Yesterday at 02:17 PM Re: Tilapia color soft plastics [Re: collincountytx]
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Brad—send me a pm with your address if you’d like to try any

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