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    3 Color Combinations That Drive Fish Wild and Can Help You to Catch Your Limit
    by Larry M. Lynch

    The most successful fishing lures seem to imitate natural forage either in size, color, action, sounds or a combination of these. Some color schemes may also promote visibility by providing contrast to existing visual conditions that the fish (not you) have. This may help explain why seemingly “strange” or “unorthodox” color combinations catch fish. We don’t see what the fish see. The lure presentation must entice them or there’s no interest on their (and later our) part.

    Color Combination 1: Red Head with a solid white body

    To a fish this may appear to be a bleeding wounded baitfish. The white body is clearly visible at a distance and the red head also accentuates the large white eye. The effect is even more pronounced if the lure has a “wobbling” action imposed on it. If the trolling speed or retrieve is erratic and the lure passes within striking distance of any predator – Look out! Why should sharks have all the fun?

    Color Combination 2:
    Green Head with a yellow body and green vertical stripes

    Many salt water baitfish follow this color pattern of a variegated body when viewed underwater. If you scuba then you know what I mean. Some examples include Mackerel, Tuna, Tiger Shad (Sabalo) and many baitfish seen in cover. If the size (from 3” to 5” in length) is imitative of the regional forage and your lure passes through the predator’s “feeding depth” as it shimmies by “ole saw-tooth”, you’ll have a fight on your hands before you can say, “Cahuna en la luna” three times.

    Color Combination 3:
    Blue Head with a blue back and a silver belly

    This is another color pattern that visibly imitates a number of baitfish and adult species. The effect is even more exaggerated if you use large white eyes on your lure. The silvered belly also reflects light from below with every movement of the lure and provides contrast which helps the larger predator fish to see it. Especially a greater depths where light is much dimmer, contrast and reflection are even more important.
    By the way, don’t worry about retrieving your lure “too fast”. Not only can most predatory species can swim faster than you can reel, but some like Tuna, Wahoo, Mackerel and Barracuda, can swim faster than your boat for short distances!

    Make your own lures

    If you make your own lures, it’ll be much easier and much more economical to maintain an extensive variety of lure selections. You’ll also tend not to have heart failure if you lose a lure as it’s replaceable at minimal cost. For some lure styles and color combinations you find that work well, you’ll of course, make up a half a dozen or more so there’s always a supply of your “old faithful” on hand. It's not all that difficult to do. You can get a line on the basics by reading "Dynamite Salt Water Lures: Make Your Own for 75 Cents or Less Each with These Easy Steps" online at: http://EzineArticles.com/?id=79278

    Don’t just copy

    Don’t just copy commercial lures either. Try out new, different and “unusual” color combinations and styles on each of your fishing trips. Make note of successes (like I have to tell you that) as to site, species and conditions. Make more of that model, a little larger, a little smaller, a bit heavier, etc., to have available for testing in the field. Lure manufacturers sponsor the “pros” to do this on tour. But if you “stumble” onto something that’s irresistible you can patent, sell or market your exclusive design. That’s essentially what an elderly Norse fisherman named Rapala did. Ever hear of him?
    Prof Larry M. Lynch is a bi-lingual copywriter, expert author and photographer specializing in business, travel, food and education-related writing in South America. His work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, South American Explorer, Escape From America, Mexico News and Brazil magazines. He lives in Cali, Colombia, fishes the South American Pacific coast, Amazon and Orinoco River basins for exotic salt water and fresh water game and food fish. For no-obligation information on how to get original, exclusive Exotic fishing stories, fishing technique articles, fishing-action photography and one-of-a-kind content for your fishing-related newsletter, blog or website contact him today at: [email protected] for a free action photo-packed, South American fishing adventure article.

    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Larry_M._Lynch
    Larry M. Lynch
    Tags: color, lures

Replies to Article: 3 Color Combinations That Drive Fish Wild and Can Help You to Catch Your Limit
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    Mar 2005


    Without a doubt--- Larry M Lynch is my kind of fisherman -- Especially the part under making your own lures-- he must have been raised as thrifty or as poor I was. GREAT ARTICLE!


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