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#12818584 - 07/06/18 03:12 PM How do you know what colors to use ?
Ol'geezer Offline
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Registered: 07/15/14
Posts: 37
Loc: Sachse, Texas
When to a East Texas lake last weekend through the 4th ,had good clear water 8 ft visible. Started off with watermelon red fluke, noticed sunfish went to d d with purple side caught 2 nothing rest of day went to soft platics bright colors banana, bubblegum, plum, chartreuse and grape nothing. Next day tried motor oil, pumpkin, and tequila sunrise nothing. Finally talked to a local said try green pumpkin ended up catching 6 .
Was I on the right track or thinking was wrong?
Thanks Monte

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#12818586 - 07/06/18 03:13 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 6076
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
I always use green pumpkin......so I always know what color to use. Haha
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#12818608 - 07/06/18 03:30 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
Txduckhunter Offline
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Registered: 02/19/02
Posts: 1944
Loc: Lake Fork
Have to agree with Steez.
For 95% of my soft plastics - I'm throwing green. May be Watermelon,Green pumpkin or some other variant but green. Esp in clear water when I'm trying to match bream colors.

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#12818642 - 07/06/18 04:02 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
721Phoenix Offline
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Registered: 08/13/07
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Loc: Downtown Tomball, Texas
James Niggemeyer has a great video on the basic colors, watermelon red, green pumpkin, june bug, and black/blue. I have tried to cull down to these but some are just so purty I can't.

But at the end of the day it is hard to beat green pumpkin, dip the tail in chartreuse.
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#12818663 - 07/06/18 04:26 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: 721Phoenix]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 3788
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: 721Phoenix
James Niggemeyer has a great video on the basic colors, watermelon red, green pumpkin, june bug, and black/blue. I have tried to cull down to these but some are just so purty I can't.

But at the end of the day it is hard to beat green pumpkin, dip the tail in chartreuse.


What he said. Works just about everywhere except Atlantic ocean.
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#12818676 - 07/06/18 04:38 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
Kuhuna Offline
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Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 49
I use watermelon red almost exclusively.

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#12818715 - 07/06/18 05:22 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 53669
Loc: Highway 1
Keep it simple on soft plastics- green pumpkin, black and blue, white.

Hard baits/topwater-shad, gill, bright, dull.

Moving wire baits- white, green pumpkin

Jigs- see soft plastics list

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#12818727 - 07/06/18 05:35 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
Doug R. Offline
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Registered: 06/11/12
Posts: 9759
Loc: back in the day
I usually choose between 2, green pumpkin or green pumpkin laugh
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#12818813 - 07/06/18 06:44 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 13282
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
I have some go to colors that I have developed over the years.
Watermelon/red, watermelon slice, watermelon/candy red, green pumpkin
red bug, red bug shad, junebug, south africa special blue fleck, black/blue

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#12818916 - 07/06/18 07:55 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
Capt. Bryan Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/14/07
Posts: 63
Loc: Southeast Texas
My 4 go to colors:
Junebug
Watermelon red
Plum
Redbug

Sometimes throw California 420, black blue
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#12819110 - 07/06/18 10:36 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
mossyback75 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/17
Posts: 46
Junebug is pretty hard to beat

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#12819356 - 07/07/18 10:02 AM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
TOMCAT21 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 733
Loc: Keller, TX
Gary Yamamoto has a color that is green pumpkin/watermelon laminate - color 912. Believe it is one of his go-to colors in Senkos.

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#12819406 - 07/07/18 10:43 AM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
Nekro Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/05/16
Posts: 395
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Pretty much use watermelon red flake.
I keep my colors simple. Black/blue, Green pumpkin, and watermelon red flake.
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#12819457 - 07/07/18 11:49 AM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Ol'geezer]
JCHANDLER Online   content
Angler

Registered: 09/15/12
Posts: 282
Make it simple: Dark days, dark baits. Bright days, natural baits

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#12819706 - 07/07/18 04:42 PM Re: How do you know what colors to use ? [Re: Mark Perry]
Ken A. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 10166
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
Keep it simple on soft plastics- green pumpkin, black and blue, white.

Hard baits/topwater-shad, gill, bright, dull.

Moving wire baits- white, green pumpkin

Jigs- see soft plastics list


Good rules of thumb thumb

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