The number of color options are enormous. There are few fundamentals for choosing the right color. Most anglers think they need lots of color combinations to consistently catch fish. There are very few times that a lot of these exotic colors really consistently catch tons of fish. There are occasions that they will work, but far less than some basic colors. You can follow some simple general guidelines. Your color selection will be determined by the water conditions and weather conditions.
- On clear bright days you should be using lighter colors like silver, white, chartreuse, chrome etc.
- On cloudy dark days you should be using black, dark gray, gold etc.
- For clear water, use colors of the bait fish that are in that clear water. If there are scaled sardines (whitebait) in the clear water, use natural colors closest to the scaled sardine. Remember: in clear water the fish can see your bait better, so if it is not natural looking they will be more skeptical about eating it.
- For dark, stained and dirty water, colors like orange, red, blue work well.
My favorite saying of all is "There are no rules in fishing."
So very importantly make sure you also think out of the box when the colors your using are not working. You will be surprised a few times at what color the fish choose in what conditions.
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