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Your Favorite Or Go To Crankbait Color
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 09:52 AM
Just wondering what is your favorite crankbait color for ALL conditions? I know I know....But pretend there is one!
Let’s say you’re going on a trip and hitting clear deep water, shallow muddy water and everything in between..... If you can only bring one color what would it be? Since this is a custom forum lets have the production color and if you want your version of that color. You don’t have to give up any secrets here and I am not looking for recipes but if you want to add that to your reply please feel free.
The reason I ask is that I am going to participate in the lure swap and want to know what is the favored color amongst anglers. Then my 10 cranks will be a version of that color.
I fish mainly shallow stained to muddy waters and my favorite colors are craw and bluegill patterns. I would have to guess I am in the minority here though. I think Shad patterns will probably win. Lets hear what you think will be the favorite.
Thanks for the replies!
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:27 AM
I know you said we could only have one favorite, but for many years there were two colors I always relied on. Those were Norman's professional edge baits in either the Bumblebee or Tennessee Shad patterns.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:01 AM
I know you might not have even heard of this bait, but i have caught a ton of fish on it in all kinds of conditions. It's made by Bandit Lure's and it's called a......Mistake. It's red with black stripes on one side and green with black stripes on the other. I use the 200 series most of the time....If you have $4.00 bucks burning a hole in you pocket you should buy one....Or better yet paint the color on your favorite style crank......
Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:01 AM
Deep Little N in Lavender Shad color for bass and Crappy colored Shallow Invader for Musky. Musky Glenn
Posted 28 June 2011 - 01:33 PM
For bass fishing, hands down, without a doubt day in day out will catch fish is a baby bass pattern with a nicely black tipped tail feather and a nicely visible broken lateral line. Somedays a gill or a craw or a shad pattern are definitely better, but no matter what in any area where bass are baby bass are trying to grow up and move in. A baby bass will catch fish any time of year in any area. Sure if there are a ton of postage stamp size gills around bass may key on them better, but if there are no gills they aren't going to hit a gill pattern as well as they will a baby bass. If they are busting on shad a shad pattern or any shiny lure really will outfish anything else, but the outrunners and fish not actively chasing will still hit the baby bass, and the ones that stay in the area after the shad leave aren't going to be looking to chase shad that aren't there.
Edited by Bob La Londe, 28 June 2011 - 01:42 PM.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 05:51 PM
Great info guys keep it coming.... I know everyone has a favorite color and with all those views we should have a lot more replies!!!!
Posted 28 June 2011 - 07:00 PM
I have caught some really nice fish on a chatreuse with blue back crank, in dingy water conditions. Shad color cranks, I have caught some nice ones also from clear to stained water. I think I own every color crank there is in my boat, but I throw those two more than any.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 07:39 PM
Although I really like the looks of some the new patterns, just give me the old standard: silver foil sides, black back, white belly.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:31 PM
Gene,You're right! Give me a silver and black lure any day.Clear to muddy water it will catch fish.But my favorite right now is a craw pattern that I paint.It has a orange belly,chartreuse sides and a dark brown shell pattern.After those two give me a bluegill pattern,they live everywhere and bass eat them more than people think.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:27 PM
Keep it coming? I posted my choice and why. Now you want more?
Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:05 AM
Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:06 AM
Bandit 200 chartreuse with blue back and orange belly. Caught them from Florida to Canada.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:14 PM
Picking only one is tough. I live on the columbia river in WA and fish for Smallmouth primarily so my answers will be a bit different than most. Instead of shad, we have smolt so I always like a chrome blue back or chrome black back shallow water bait. If I want something a little deeper, I'll use a deep lil N in spring craw. If I have to choose only one though, gold black back is pretty tough to beat.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:53 PM
The color that no one has mentioned that catches a ton of fish is.....firetiger!! Firetiger and shad color account for most of the fish caught here in Indiana.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 07:19 PM
If it was down to ony one color crankbait, I would take the shad colors over the rest!! They catch fish in all types of waters, as stated above.
Edited by Big Bass Man, 01 July 2011 - 07:19 PM.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:26 PM
Red head and white body or clown have been working on the smallies and northerns around here. I have not got to a largemouth bass lately but I have always had really good luck on white cranks and swim jigs on those.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:17 PM
my go to lure has always been a norman lures middle n inthe spring crawdad color - it has worked for me in muddy waters like my local lakes on the coosa (weiss, neely henry, logan martin) as well as on clearer lakes such as guntersville and especially in eufaula - my last trip to eufaula i was either throwing it or a shakey tail jig - for 4 days of fishing
Posted 02 July 2011 - 11:53 AM
Well put me in the boat with a silver foil, black back, white belly crank and I'll get by. Looks like a shad / shinner but passes for a open water small blue gill too.
Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:31 PM
Red craw all day long that stinkin bomber has caught more fish for me than anything else
Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:38 PM
Chrome sides blue back any lake and time of year.
Shad patterns, ahhhhhhhhhhh. The only shad I know are 2 to 5 pounds and swim in the Delaware river. Imagine matching that size bait fish.
Edited by TSuprum, 07 July 2011 - 07:39 PM.