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dustin 05-31-2016 10:48 AM

Hot colours have they changed?
I've been reviewing photos I took of lures in use aboard various boats I fished on over the last ten or more years. It made me wonder to what extent "hot" colours have changed in the different fishing areas over the last 10 to 15 years. One manufacturer of my acquaintance has a lure colour combo in his current range named after a boat he formerly crewed on, yet in the last few years fishing with that boat and operation, I have never seen a lure with that colour combo in use. Have colour preferences changed or evolved in your fishing area and if so, what do you think were the reasons for it - different types of bait, superior skirt combos being introduced by the manufacturers, etc?

bmoody 05-31-2016 02:44 PM

Re: Hot colours have they changed?
Two quick thoughts on this:
I think the plastics industry has advanced over the years, allowing more combinations, fades, glitters, and the like. While my experience is more with freshwater soft plastics (bass worms etc.), I have to believe the industrial side of it has similar advances and pressures.

Capt. Miller has made comments around here about the need to catch anglers and offer multiple colors to stay competitive, even though he mentions personally fishing with only limited colors. I think I recall seeing similar comments from Peter Pakula here too.

YKnot 11-15-2016 03:13 PM

Re: Hot colours have they changed?
Colors (sp. LOL) matter...a lot. So does action, unless we are talking about fully lit fish that want to eat regardless. We have yet to fully unveil natures secrets in this respect. Continued trials will help optimize skirt colors. They keep evolving and will and we need a open mind. It also helps keep the tackle shops in business ;)

UKChris 12-06-2016 07:40 AM

Re: Hot colours have they changed?
All things being equal (and of course they never are), I remember a skipper who said you should have one of every colour you fancy, but just the one. These can be arranged neatly in your tackle box and displayed proudly to friends, but for fishing you want a dozen, all in black.

But I have had days when hot pink, bright orange or luminous green were the hot colours, and translucent red or mackerel coloured have had their day too. So, I really don't know!

snuggles 09-24-2017 08:06 PM

Re: Hot colours have they changed?

I think the colors have changed. More we have a larger range of skirt colors we didnt have back 20 years ago. But alot of colors are geared to catching fishermen rather than fish :)

Due to the net we are also sharing more. The days of everyone hiding the colors they use has gone to some extent.

The colors seem to depend upon the local baitfish.

I have also had days where we got the odd fish on pink blue then we put out all pink n blue and couldnt keep up. Likewise days where the most disgusting color green and black lure took all the fish.

I could be wrong but
colors like pink white, pink blue, pink blue silver seem to take fish.
also the floro greens (when mahi are about)
blue silver, gold green

whats everyone think the new colors are ?

It also depend on the time of day as you know and the weather.

bmoody 10-15-2017 02:13 PM

Re: Hot colours have they changed?
I think a new one that is really worth trying, even if I haven't yet, is what Capt. Miller is selling as "Silver Ghost". It is solid silver flake that fades to solid black at the tail of the skirt. To my eye, that is something that real fish look like when observing them. However, is how fish appear to me, out of the water looking into it, how they appear to another fish?

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