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Red? #12641047
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I've caught tons of fish over the years on crawdad colored cranks, jigs, and worms. Mostly brown, orange, green. I've always had red baits and just can't remember ever catching anything on a red bait. I know prespawn would be a good time for red. Any other times? Any advice? My red baits are feeling left out. :-)

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Red causes a reaction bite just about anytime. If the fish aren’t eating the baitfish patterns I will go to red just to try to get them to see the bait.

Re: Red? [Re: bigdiastema] #12641083
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Slayed them last weekend at Toledo Bend on this lure. I watched a YouTube video of some College guys fishing the Bassmaster's there a couple weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Fish below went 6.10lbs in 3' of water on a flat close to a drop off. I will tell you red is deadly on spawning fish. Red lizard on bedding fish will get lots of bites.

I think a lot depends on whether the lake you fish has crawfish a primary forage source. I've caught them at all times of the year




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Originally Posted By: WylieWalker
Slayed them last weekend at Toledo Bend on this lure. I watched a YouTube video of some College guys fishing the Bassmaster's there a couple weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Fish below went 6.10lbs in 3' of water on a flat close to a drop off. I will tell you red is deadly on spawning fish. Red lizard on bedding fish will get lots of bites.

I think a lot depends on whether the lake you fish has crawfish a primary forage source. I've caught them at all times of the year





Thanks. I was thinking lipless crank. I don't have one in red.

Re: Red? [Re: bigdiastema] #12641190
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I feel like the color red does 2 things to bass: causes a reaction strike and mimics bright red crawfish. Use those 2 things accordingly and you'll likely have success. But then again, if I remember correctly, red is the first color that disappears to bass' eyes. Or maybe it's the opposite... I don't know. I don't pay too much attention to that stuff. Red is just a confidence color to me. It's just hard to go wrong with a red squarebill or lipless crankbait this time of year.


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I think red disappears in depth. Seen an article and chart on it once. Don't know if it was BS or not. Had something to do with red hooks is why I was reading it.

Re: Red? [Re: bigdiastema] #12641359
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In 3’ to 5’ of water red is red after that it starts to get darker until it is black. In clear water I think I would throw a dark red in dirty water bright red. Just my thoughts

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I throw red crank baits this time of year and do well with them. I throw red finesse worms on a drop shot all the time and it works all year long and as deep as 30ft so the fish can still see it even in deep water.

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Added 2 red Lipless cranks (One is the crank recommended above), a solid red rage blade, and some black and red chatterbaits. Can't wait to give them a try.

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It's more about the presentation and spot than color imo..

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I would have agreed with you up until two weeks ago. Was on Falcon and those fish would not hit anything that was not watermelon red. We tried changing color and went zero. Went back to watermelon red and game on. Sometimes color is significant.

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Stike King promoted its Bleeding Bait series of baits as having red that triggers fish to bite. At the same time Cajun line was promoting their line as better because it was red and became invisible in the water. Go figure.

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Fishing couple weeks ago only fish that were caught on red craw squarebill. Color matters at least every once in a while.

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We've been throwing a bright red Rattletrap for pre=spawn bass at Fork since 1987.

Bill Lewis sold a Zillion of these over the years. This is the one we used.

Then as they came out with variations we tried them all.




When the crawfish come out of their winter hibernation they are this color.


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craws change colors. red or blue depending on what they are eating. I had to go back and do some searching online. red comes after the molt. the color seems to be absorbed from the nutrients/minerals in their habitat. they will turn blue from eating the brine/freshwater shrimp found in vegetation. lots of articles from many pro's online. Senko9s probably knows a wealth of information about this topic.

https://www.bassmaster.com/understanding-bass-forage-crawfish

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