Selecting Proper Lure Colors

how do you fish the “brown”tide or not so clear water? (i.e. lure selection)

Most Tournament Anglers agree that water clarity is THE most important consideration in selecting lure colors. The basic Rule-Of-Thumb seems to be that in clear water, you want to use lightly-colored and clear worms, shad -colored crank-baits, and light-colored spinnerbaits. In dirty, dingy or muddy water, you want to use plastic worms in black, brown, purple and chartruese, and dark-colored lures. All lure colors are not neatly fitted into the scheme of light and dark, however. There are many with dark heads and light bodies, and vice-versa. In this case, you would go by the color of the lures most prominant feature. Climatic conditions also play a part in color selection. For dark days, use a dark lure. On light days, use a light lure. The local forage colors and marking also play a part in color selection. You want to stay close to what the natural local food sources are, as far as shading and markings. Most of the time, a precise match is not necesary. But, sometimes, fish can become very color conscious, and will hit a particular color to the exclusion of all else, then without warning, switch to another color. This can be quite maddening at times! Be prepared to adapt and overcome. Another consideration for color selection is the depth at what you will be fishing at. For water upm to about 25′, it’s not much of a concern, but at deeper depths, the shorter light rays cannot penetrate, and you will lose that color. DIvers will tell you that deeper than 30 ft., blood flows green. At 100feet, everything is different shades of blue, and beyond 150 ft. the only light is what you bring with you. So a red and white lure fished at 40 feet will appear green and blue. At these depths, the markings are probably more important than the colors. Happy Fishing!

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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