The Water Calls, Photo by Andrew Kirby

The great debate, on bait. It continues, the question remains, “If there are that many baits, or lures out there, than they all must work, right?”
In this weeks column we are talking about how important color is to your catching the fish you want to catch. Some guys choose color over action of the lure, and they do this regardless of water color. To me the action of the lure is as important as the color, and knowing which works sometimes will take a little trial and error. But once you’ve applied these common principles you should be able to cut down on your chances of catching great fish. So where do we start?


Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

These are at least the root of most all colors, unless they are white, or black.  According to most bass pro anglers, the more bright the colored lure, the dirtier the water. More subtle colors have a better effect in more clear, and slow moving water so more natural lures are a better choice. So a bass’s ability to see can be hampered by the dirt or stain of the water, therefor a bright yellow might be a better choice in dirty water, than a white or black color selection. If the water is active, and dirty at the same time then you might want to choose a spinner bait, or a loud rattle bait. Here you could be emulating what we call a locust, or cicada. Great time of year for this.

Here’s what Buzzacott says in his Complete Fisherman’s Guide and Anglers Manual or How to Catch Fish, booklet,”The question why fish take these bunches of colored silk, wood and feathers is unanswered, except that they imagine that alike the others that form a part of their menu, they are good and do not stop to realize their error or mistake.” Buzzacott goes on to say that there has been much written about many a bait, or flies is what he is discussing, however, these rules are great to follow is in following the conditions, weather, water temp etc. Buzzcott goes on to say, ” …to be guided by conditions as well as rules. It is a good rule to follow and use the flies that are in season at the time; yet there are times, plenty of them when a decidedly different fly will take better. It is conditions one must study, conditions of light, shadows, wind weather, and last but not least, the likes of the fish in the matter, changing as often as is necessary to secure one that the fish will strike at; one should use bright flies, on dark days, dark flies on bright days and gaudy flies when the fish refuse to rise to the surface for the planer ones.”

Its been great reading this little book, and I hope to share more. One more rule of thumb when fishing, if you have no luck, and you’ve changed colors, and types etc. go a size down, sometimes, a bait is too large, and this is a good rule to try before you abandon the area, and seek better waters.

Out on Lake Hawkins at the Working Man’s Bass Tournament, Nate reports:  For some reason the fish were hard to come by this week,(could be the slight change in the weather) But still there were those that were caught at the tournament. Darrin and Brandon pulled out 9.08 lbs to take first. Jeremy and Chase came in with  8.00 lbs to take second. There was no big bass, so the money will roll over till next time.. Randy, and Rachel had 6.12 lbs and Nate, and Jason had 4.12 lbs. We always look forward to the reports of local lakes, if you would like to send a report of your local fishing lake please do at attention 15 Casts. Thank you for reading see you on the water!