Best Topwater Color?
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:39 PM
made a swithwick devils horse type prop bait and was wanting some opinions on the best all around color. i'm thinking black. i think it would show up better ( from the fish view ). i have one for years that i painted black on the bottom and have had pretty good luck with it.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 07:36 PM
Years ago we use to throw allot of blacks and frog patterns with the DH The stuff on your site is truly amazing! You certainly are gifted.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 07:37 PM
Black is probably the best, But also White or Yellow would be good too. Frog colors, If your going for Musky then Duck colors are always good, I had some success with Gold and Purple too.
Has anyone ever noticed the big companies that sell top water frogs always paint the top of the lure but not the bottom? I think that is odd because the fish cant see the top, I think the only reason they do it is because they want the guy or girl buying the lure will think it looks good but not knowing that no matter how it's painted on top, its only the bottom that matters. is that just me that feels that way? =P
Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:11 AM
I make most of my topwaters in black color or at least with a good portion of black on them , ........but often also with a bright colored head portion(orange , neon yellow) or other bright spots , stripes , etc. , ......so that it is easier for me to locate the lure after casting and or whilst working it back in .
In my opinion black color just casts the best silhouette for the predators to see against the sky from down below .
greetz , Dieter
Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:41 AM
If you're throwing it post spawn, a bass scheme works well. The props make the lure look like the bass is chasing fry when they sputter and spit.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:30 AM
One of my best bait colors when bass are busting on shad was a clear bottom with the back and sides painted an off/white color with silver and blue glitter. This was on a "walk the dog" type lure which I believe the bass thought was an injured shad. Several friends also have good luck with a completely clear bait in the middle of summer when there's not a cloud in the sky. Believe a lot depends on the water conditions as to what color is "best".
Edited by RayburnGuy, 05 June 2010 - 07:30 AM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:52 AM
Well it's not that glamorous but year in and year out just about everywhere I've fished it's bone.
Posted 08 June 2010 - 12:40 PM
The best topwater color is the one your catching fish on! Sorry couldnt resist JOHN!
I vote for Black!
Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:34 PM
i agree with stryker & diemai, black seems to work best for me.....a few months back i posted a pic of a "tweety-Plaster of Paris" yellow head with black body ...had the opportunity to use it at the california delta the first week in June.....worked great and as diemai states the yellow head allowed a visual strike indicator on the more subtle strikes, though they were fewer than the explosive bustin' water hits. here' a link to that post http://www.tackleund...605-tweety-pop/
Edited by surfk9, 17 June 2010 - 11:36 PM.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:44 PM
I think the reason for the dark top/light bottom schemes is the contrast when the lures roll as they're walked.
I do clear lures with irridescent backs and shoulders, and they catch fish. Probably because they are hard to see well, but the commotion they create when they're retrieved attracts the bass, and they have no negative cues from the paint scheme.
Posted 18 June 2010 - 01:34 AM
Well hard to say, might depend on the fish you are fishing for and region you live. Overall for 'prop' baits I would have to say white or 'light' colors when I lived in Omaha and smallmouth bass and other toothy critters were involved, and now in the Carolinas, man I'd have to say orange belly for that bluegill/bream/sunfish thing in the summertime, but barring that scenario, white/light colors.
Posted 18 June 2010 - 07:26 PM
White Belly, sunshine yellow sides... medium brown top= death to smoochie! never went wrong with this color on top.