Is the color of the bait really important?

It all started a year ago when I tried to “get to the bottom” of the color preferences of anglers using the Internet. The course of my actions was as follows: conduct a survey among spinning players at our regional forum, try to systematize the data received from the respondents and draw appropriate conclusions based on them. A wide variety of anglers took part in the survey – from beginners to professionals in their field. In addition to the actual answers to the most “rated”, in my opinion, questions, the participants were required to comment on each of the points. The expediency of this, as well as many other surveys on the Internet, remains in question. On the one hand, this very truth, to which many so want to get to the bottom, is unfortunately not born in such polls and discussions. But on the other hand, the opinion of our fishing community must be reckoned with, and some questions still find their answers.

Color: how important is it?

Thirty years ago, the question of choosing the color scheme of the bait was solved very simply: they put either a white or yellow spoon. There was no more choice as such. Now, from all sorts of colors and even shades of spinning lures, eyes run up. We were “lucky” more than the spinning players of the old time, and sometimes we have to choose from hundreds of different colors. I wonder how a fisherman of the 70s would have behaved in our today’s environment … I think he would have been uncomfortable. Color can be hailed as one of the most important ingredients in successful fishing. And you can give color a tertiary meaning. But what you should definitely not do is reject its meaning completely. I could be convinced of this more than once. And among the respondents, there was not a single one who would believe that color does not matter.

I think everyone could give a few examples from their own practice, when color was one of the main factors. I have accumulated a whole baggage of such examples. Here is perhaps the most striking of them. In the summer, my friend and I fished for perch with wobblers. The baits are exactly the same, the wiring is the same. The perch was caught through the cast. And on the next wiring, there was a dead hook and a break – a thin lace, of course, burst. I was not particularly upset, as I found exactly the same wobbler in my storerooms, only of a different color. But the perch pecked at him much worse than the one that I tore off. Therefore, my friend quickly overtook me in the number of tails. Something similar happens on a fishing trip not once or twice, but much more often. And this already makes us take seriously the old question, like our fishing world: “Is color important?”

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Top rated question

Once, returning from the next fishing exhibition, we, as expected, began to consider our purchases and share our impressions of their work. And now the turn came to one wobbler. Nothing particularly remarkable minnow 8 cm long, which are full in the box of any advanced angler. One “but”: he was absolutely black, only a thin stripe on the abdomen was light. I remember the reaction of one acquaintance – a very competent spinning player: “I won’t catch, because it’s black …” Even though it was said with a certain amount of irony, the phrase remained in my head for a long time. On my first fishing trip, I caught a black wobbler, catching a medium-sized pike with it. On several subsequent fishing trips, he was also biting. In short, the badge of hopelessness was removed from the bait.

The attitude of anglers to black lures in general and to wobblers in particular is most often mistrustful. This is easy to notice when you come to any store: what colors of wobblers you can not find on the counter, but absolutely black – only a few. There is no demand for them, so there are almost no black wobblers in the supply. Where the legs of such a dislike for black grow from is hard to say. But nevertheless, a primitive analogy with a real fish played its detrimental role here. After all, not every day in our reservoirs you will meet a black fish, with the exception, perhaps, of a rotan-firebrand. Another thing is that it is hardly worth following the analogy with a real food object when choosing the color of the bait, which has been repeatedly tested in practice.

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Let’s go back to our survey. It is interesting to know how the forum participants answered the question “how do you feel about black?” More than 80% of the respondents, having weighed all the pros and cons, called black a common color in their everyday life (“color as a color”), 15% have prejudices towards black. There were even two who called black their favorite. All this somehow does not really fit with the above, does it? However, everyone cleared up the comments. As it turned out, such answers fully relate to soft silicone lures and jig fishing, where, as you know, the color of the bait, if it plays any role, is far from the primary one. As for wobblers, most anglers adhere to the classic scheme and prefer natural colors in normal water, and bright (acidic) in turbid water. I myself have no particular preferences in choosing the color of the wobbler, but all other things being equal, I would rather choose the brighter option (“banana” or “little red riding hood”). And not because it bites better on such, but from a purely pragmatic point of view: a bright wobbler is more convenient to carry and easier to follow it during posting. I will only note that we are talking about shallow wobblers with a depth of up to a meter.

You need to believe in color

Lately, I often catch perch with leash rigs. And here, as it turns out, color plays an important role. Perhaps, in such fishing, every angler has a favorite color of rubber. For me that color until last year was brown (as many call it, “machine oil”) with glitters, passing in catalogs as Pumpkin Pepper. It was with him that I began to fish on almost every fishing trip. Everything changed dramatically after the Kolchuginsky Perch-2008 competition, where my favorite shade was out of work. Best of all worked the bright acidic chartreuse twisters, which I caught all of my perches with. At the same time, purple rubber worked as the first number on other reservoirs. In other words, there is no one color that would work equally well in different situations. One or another shade of rubber should be chosen based on the initial conditions, the main of which is the reservoir. In our Vladimir region, in addition to the colors already mentioned, yellow, white and dark cherry with sparkles almost always work well (the packaging usually contains the words cherry seed) twisters. But besides the reservoir, there are several more less obvious factors.

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One of them is the belief in the bait, or rather, in its color. There are colors that you trust right away, and there are those whose performance remains in doubt to the last. For example, I have two absolutely identical wobblers from River2Sea. One is yellow with a light green head (“banana”), the other is a “fire tiger”. So the “banana” I always catch better than the “tiger”! Or my attitude to the scarlet twisters. Well, I don’t like this kind of rubber, I don’t believe in it! This is probably why the results with her are always very modest … All this is very strange, but only confirms the fact how important the color of the spinning lure is sometimes.

I will not go deeper into this problem, and is it worth it? The only thing I can advise to all beginners is to pay less attention to the color of the bait at first, working on the wiring technique and all the nuances associated with it. It will be easier to achieve the result, believe me. Well, when the result appears, the time will come for experiments with color.

Alexey KUDRYASHOV