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Punching/flipping hydrilla #13693876 09/08/20 12:09 AM
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Trying to figure out a way to word this and make sense. Do you guys find certain colors to work better or does color matter in you opinion? I fish a lake that’s really thick with hydrilla, matted up to the surface and miles of it. I would think any color of bait should work the same, but I swear it seems that I get more bites on the old standby watermelon seed. Simple answer, right...only throw watermelon seed....Well I have a billion other colors that I want to use up; but I can’t seem to get bit when I use them.


So, does color matter or not?

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Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: grout-scout] #13693877 09/08/20 12:14 AM
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Some will say yes absolutely color matters. Others will say absolutely not, that’s it’s just a reaction bite. Personally I flip, cast, pitch PUNCH....with the same colors that I feel work for me(have confidence in). No disrespect meant but sounds like you have already answered the question as it pertains to you!

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Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: grout-scout] #13693880 09/08/20 12:20 AM
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If it helps/matters, random was emphasized by that person at the ramp. Didn’t sound like it was lights out by any means. I wouldn’t think color matters on a reaction technique like punching but......wth do I know....

Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: grout-scout] #13693884 09/08/20 12:23 AM
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The best color for me for punching has been watermelon/red. I have seen too many times that color DOES matter to the fish so I will experiment to see which gets bit the most that day and go with that. I have about 5 go to colors depending on water clarity, weather, sunny or cloudy and what has worked in the past on the lake I am fishing.

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Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: Minner Bucket] #13693944 09/08/20 01:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Minner Bucket
If it helps/matters, random was emphasized by that person at the ramp. Didn’t sound like it was lights out by any means. I wouldn’t think color matters on a reaction technique like punching but......wth do I know....



I was launching Sunday morning at the same time as that person, I saw where he went to, kind of surprised me.

Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: grout-scout] #13693991 09/08/20 02:46 AM
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I do not fish the matted areas much. It is always the deepest grass just under the surface. I use the Heavy Drop Shot technique. The Hoo Daddy Junior in Watermelon Seed Neon is the best color. It looks just like the Watermelon Red; but there is a great difference when it comes to catching.


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Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: grout-scout] #13694119 09/08/20 11:33 AM
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Depends.. are they eating it on the initial drop or after you stroke it a few times? If in the initial drop I would say color doesn’t matter as that’s typically a reaction strike. If your having to stroke it or hold it suspended under the mat to get the fish to come to it color probably matters a little more. Figure out what color the crayfish are right now In the grass on that lake and your in good shape either way.


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Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: ezbassin] #13694135 09/08/20 12:03 PM
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From my experience, watermelon red is difficult to beat for thick hydrilla.

There’s a small lake with the thickest pads I’ve ever seen. In the summer time, half the lake is covered in a blanket of pads. I’ve thrown the usual watermelons, blacks, and pumpkins ; and it’s the crazy looking old YUM crawdad color that does best (pumpkin back with a weird orange belly). The crawfish In this small lake do look almost exactly like that most of the year.


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I definitely think color matters at times. I never really thought that until I fished Falcon and the Mexican lakes. For some reason Watermelon Red outshines them all down there almost to the point I don't take any other color. There is something about the way that color you are using contrasts the hydrilla that the fish like.

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Originally Posted by SAKS
I definitely think color matters at times. I never really thought that until I fished Falcon and the Mexican lakes. For some reason Watermelon Red outshines them all down there almost to the point I don't take any other color. There is something about the way that color you are using contrasts the hydrilla that the fish like.



This is what I’m thinking too, I thought black would be a great color in hydrilla due to it being easy to see, I can’t get a bite on it.



Thanks for the comments guys, I do like the hoo daddy’s, just aren’t easy to find anymore.

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Bluegill colors

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sprayed grass my number 1 for clear water or summer craw. If i'm imitating blue gill I like to have some chartreuse on the tails. If the water is dirty I like the bruiser flash color with some chartreuse on the tail as well. D-bomb is my creature bait of choice followed by the rage bug.

Re: Punching/flipping hydrilla [Re: grout-scout] #13694809 09/08/20 11:51 PM
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color matters 100%. But certain bodies of water a certain color just works better. My favorite 2 punching colors used to be “green goby” and “magic craw blue swirl” that reaction makes in the sweet beaver. And I literally have every color sweet beaver ever made


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