silverdoctor

Threadfin color

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Is there a good all around color combination to mimic shad for medium running crankbait? I got the photo off www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/images/inland_species/threadfinshad

Shows the color combo very similar to the Luckycraft Chart.Shad.

Tried Smith paints per recommendation from site participant; excellent results! (hog heaven)

Thanks again for the great tips.

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it is very difficult to determine what a shad actually looks like in 8-10 feet of water. all fish's colors change dependent upon availaible sunlight, it's most noteable in smallmouth bass. in fairly clear water, a shad at this depth would probably resemble their appearance in this picture:

http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:XWRmTy0Oard_kM:images.enature.com/fishes/fishes_l/FI0273_1l.jpg

i've hardly seen any patterns that would resemble this, so i couldn't tell you how effective it would be

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There are other factors that come into play when looking at photos. Photographers will sometimes use filters on the lense of the camera to obtain certain effects.

Logically, it follows that if the real fish is observed fresh from the water, alive, photographed, then copied as in photo baits; then the bait should look like the real thing at any depth.

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the underline between inland_species didn't show. sorry for the trouble.

Still have the same question about what to use for color combo.

Regards, silverdr

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Silverdoctor, try white pearl on the belly and the sides with just a shot of orange under the gills. Then paint the top gold and lay fine lace over the back and shoot black over the top and just slightly down the sides.

After you remove the lace, spray the back black, but just the area of the back near the head, not all the way back.

I'm not sure what species you're fishing for or building lures for, but I can tell you that the above pattern most definitely works for musky.

I'll try to post some pictures later.

Hope that helps.

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Silver, that pattern should work fine for largemouth.

You can also experiment with shooting a faint silver base under the white pearl on the belly and sides, but go easy with the silver base because a little goes a long way under white pearl.

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OK, here is your paint :

1st coat - flat white

2nd - iridescent purple back

- iridescent gold on sides

- iridescent blue belly

3rd - clear coat w/ devcon

4th - fine mesh clamped over body

5th - shoot with flat white belly

- flat dark gray back

6th - iridescent gold on back - very light

- iridescent blue belly- very light

- iridescent pink around head and gill area again very light.

7th - clear coat with devcon

the iridescent coat after scaling should be very light because you only want the paint to stick to the flat paint. allow for complete cure between coats. This may seem like alot of time to put into one bait but it will produce some of the best looking lures I have ever seen. the iridescent paints I use are made for glass painting.

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Thanks, MADDOXBAY, I have been snooping around this site for about a year. I have been building baits for about 3 years. I had alot of failures before finding this site. The wealth of information on this site is incredible and the tricks shared by folks here has led to most of my successes. If I ever get an airbrush and learn to use it, I have been told that the fish might as well jump in the boat.

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