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#12716705 - 04/14/18 02:36 PM Soft Plastic - Color Questions
Klinker Offline

Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 107
I suppose I am like most other guys, I have a gozillion colors in my bag that I never use.....try to thin-down and donate. My questions:

Is Junebug a productive color? What clarity conditions?

Is there really a difference between Watermelon and Green Pumpkin - for water clarity purposes?

Can it be narrowed down to 3 or 4 "main" colors to address various water clarity conditions (matching forage a seperate consideration)?

I know there is no "right" and "wrong" answer, but I do like to hear other's opinions and confidence levels. Thanks!

#12716713 - 04/14/18 02:52 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
Workfishngolf37 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 593
You can do one of two things. Email zoom and ask them if it makes a difference or watch lunkerville videos until you find the episode that will clear up your question.

#12716714 - 04/14/18 02:52 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
JCBfromTHF Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 6132
No doubt you can narrow it down to 3-4 colors and catch just as many fish. But that aint no fun!

#12716743 - 04/14/18 03:22 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: JCBfromTHF]
Dosser Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/15/10
Posts: 2343
I went from boat fishing to kayak fishing so i really had to trim down what I took with me. Found these 6 colors work for me in every condition

Green pumpkin
Junebug red
Red shad
Watermelon red

#12716748 - 04/14/18 03:25 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 6041
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
You only need two colors. Green pumpkin and watermelon/red.
Eat. Sleep. Fish.

#12716877 - 04/14/18 05:40 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
northdallasfisherman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 1342
Loc: north texas
im so guilty of this. everytime i go to bass pro academy or any tackle shop. I always scan the worm section and go oh man a new color and i buy like 4 or 5 bags. then when i go fishing i always end up throwing the green pumpkin or watermelon red or blue fleck or black n blue..never fails. i have so many that are unused...
My double digit with Mark Pack
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#12717078 - 04/14/18 09:02 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
jcarring99 Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/15/05
Posts: 12671
Loc: Arlngton
^^^^^^so much truth to this. Blue fleck, green pumpkin and watermelon red and other variations is all i wind up throwing!

#12717129 - 04/14/18 09:51 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
lunkerloser Offline

Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 339
Loc: Burleson
When I'm in my boat I have access to 100's of different shapes and colors. When I go with someone else I carry one small box with only 8 selections. Catch rate is the same either way. Less is more in most cases.

#12717142 - 04/14/18 10:03 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
Eric Reeves Offline

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 462
Loc: Decatur, TX
I think it’s more about the profile of the bait than the color.

#12717182 - 04/14/18 10:46 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
bbassfishes Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/30/12
Posts: 599
Loc: Granbury, TX
Blue fleck, Green Pumpkin and Watermelon Red are all you need aside from the spawn. Then, hold a few pink and white baits. Anything else and you are wasting time.
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#12717188 - 04/14/18 10:52 PM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
TR176 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 4328
Loc: Little Elm
^^^ and some chartreuse spike-it.

#12717247 - 04/15/18 03:16 AM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
Dr. Hook Offline

Registered: 01/24/09
Posts: 115
Loc: Ray Roberts and Table Rock
June bug is a great color, I use it exclusively in the early spring if the water is heavy stained to muddy.
Dr. Hook

#12717356 - 04/15/18 08:20 AM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
collincountytx Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 16391
Loc: Dallas, TX
Plastics fished at the top of the water column—-Black, white, green
Plastics fished in the middle of the water column—shad color, blue gill color (blue gills can be different colors depending on their environment—some look almost all black if they live under lily pads all year)
Plastics fished on the bottom—green pumpkin, Black

With many presentations, the fish strike the lure on the fall and may have been watching the plastic even before it hits the water. Black and green tend to trigger strikes in all three water columns. This is part of the reason why I think black and green pumpkin are so versatile across every state in all water clarity conditions

There may be times when reds (brown orange red crawfish colors like Big Texan—dark purple red like Red shad or junebug and bright pink reds like methiolate) outperform, but day in and day out green pumpkin and black

This is why junebug is a productive color—it’s a hedge (a mix of dark red/purple with black dropped in and green flake added)

Green pumpkin itself is a hedge—it’s a greenish brown orange color usually with black flake mixed in


#12717364 - 04/15/18 08:28 AM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Ken A. Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 10155
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
You only need two colors. Green pumpkin and watermelon/red.

Agreed. thumb

Junebug is good but I can catch them just as good on one of these two colors. If the water clarity is 3+ feet use WM/red flake. If the water clarity is less than that I normally use GP. Always dip the tail in chartreuse no matter what.

These two colors of soft plastics will get you bit at 99% of the lakes in the country 99% of the time. Will another color occasionally get bit more, on a rare occasion yes, but if you want to streamline your selection of plastics, this'll do it.

Edited by Ken A. (04/15/18 08:36 AM)

#12717375 - 04/15/18 08:34 AM Re: Soft Plastic - Color Questions [Re: Klinker]
Bruce Allen Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/11/06
Posts: 2306
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
so if any of you want to really cut back on the number of worms you carry why not donate the rest to us to re-distribute them to high school anglers?

The Lake Fork Sportsman's Association has a program where we refurbish (if needed) fishing tackle and give it to high school fishing teams.
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Lake Fork Sportsman's Association

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Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Contact me to schedule the LFSA Live Release Boat for your Lake Fork tournaments.

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