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#1 lynyrdsky1

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Posted May 12 2011 - 11:00 AM

Got a tournament coming up on Pickwick and was thinking about trying the chatterbait bite at deep levels. What should I do though? What color would work, what size, what type of trailer, and what type of presentation? I was thinking 1/2 ounce white chartruese with a zoom double tail trailer in chartruese and some what fish it like a swim jig but I'm not sure what would work.

Any ideas will be help.

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Posted May 12 2011 - 02:34 PM

A hard question to give an informed and intelligant answer to . Too many variables but I'm sure someone will give it a shot. B)
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Posted May 12 2011 - 02:38 PM

A hard question to give an informed and intelligant answer to . Too many variables but I'm sure someone will give it a shot. B)


Yea I know I'm just confused on it. The water is dropping, current is moving, and the calarity is probably good. I guess my question really is what color should I be throwing? Seems like I was just making it to complicated.
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Posted May 12 2011 - 07:19 PM

I would throw a bluegill pattern starting out because I seem to catch bigger fish on that color. I guess that is because it takes a bigger bass to eat a big bluegill. If that doesn't work I would then swith to a white. As for trailers, Zoom Swimming Fluke or RI Skinny Dipper.
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Posted May 12 2011 - 09:00 PM

You don't sound very confident using this lure, but I maybe reading your OP wrong?

For me and deep fishing without knowing the depth you're fishing? You can't go wrong on a black and some type of green watermelon color.

White loses it's color very fast in deep water.

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Posted May 13 2011 - 05:33 PM

Chatterbaits were phased out of my lure arsenal years ago, so I need to defer judgment on them.
As to lure colors, White & Chartreuse, just like Pink & Yellow are light hues regarded as
poor choices for deep water. Based on light deprivation, "BLUE" is the last hue in the color spectrum
to lose its identity, This helps to shed some light on the inane popularity of "purple" throughout the 1970s,
when the proverb of the decade was "Any color will work, as long as it's 'Purple'.
This might also explain the inordinate preference for "Black-&-Blue" jigs.

As I'm sure you know, Pickwick Lake is a top-rung Bronzeback fishery. If it were me
I'd try to satisfy all lighting conditions with Pumpkin, Black, Smoke & Chartruese.

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Posted May 13 2011 - 05:51 PM

I always throw black/blue. Thanks to Rolo I now know WHY it works so well.

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Posted May 13 2011 - 06:40 PM

I always throw black/blue. Thanks to Rolo I now know WHY it works so well.

Going further Lee, based on the sunlight prism, "red" is first hue to lose its identity.
Red doesn't disappear as some line company's would have you believe,
but turns an inky black in as little as a 3-ft depth in murky water. Based on light deprivation,
"Orange" is the next color to lose its identity (goodbye orange craw-claws) followed by "Yellow".
Smack dab in the center of the light specturm is "Green". To my mind at least,
this might be why "Watermelon" is such as great compromise color. Long story short,
if we anglers were confined to only three colors, we could cut a decent living
using just "White", "Watermelon" & "Black" (light - medium - dark). ;)

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#9 JoePhish

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Posted May 13 2011 - 08:15 PM

"White", "Watermelon" & "Black"

Ha, just said this to someone on Wednesday, except I used the word Green instead of Watermelon.

So, I too subscribe to your ROYGBIV theory of bait colors. I wonder why we see so many Black and Blue baits but not Black and Violet baits.

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Posted May 14 2011 - 04:59 AM

Ha, just said this to someone on Wednesday, except I used the word Green instead of Watermelon.

So, I too subscribe to your ROYGBIV theory of bait colors. I wonder why we see so many Black and Blue baits but not Black and Violet baits.




Bait colors are designed to attract fishermen. B)

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Posted May 14 2011 - 06:01 AM

Unless you use a weight I don't think you can fish a Chatterbait efficiently in deep water.

It is designed to be fished like a spinnerbait/jig on 12 pound or higher test fluorocarbon.

We throw it to or parallel with the bank and reel it back to the boat at a depth of two feet or less.

If you do fish the Chatterbait deep please continue this post and let us know how you did it and your results.

As for a trailer, we use baby flukes to bulk it up or a swiming Senko or the trailer that comes with the bait.

DO NOT STORE THE CHATTERBAIT TRAILERS WITH OTHER PLASTICS. THEY WILL MELT AND DESTROY ANY OTHER PLASTICS YOU PUT WITH THEM.

Good luck. :)
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#12 JoePhish

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Posted May 14 2011 - 09:11 AM

Bait colors are designed to attract fishermen. B)


I think sometimes it does matter and sometimes it doesn't.
It could be a topic for another thread

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Posted May 14 2011 - 09:15 AM

Bait colors are designed to attract fishermen. B)

No truer words have ever been spoken! :D

As far as Chatterbaits go, I keep them in the upper six lure selection wherever I go. They are great swimjigs (basically that's what they are) and I always use a 5" Fluke for a trailer. Don't ever discount a Chatterbait.
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Posted May 15 2011 - 04:00 AM

Chatterbaits were phased out of my lure arsenal years ago, so I need to defer judgment on them.
As to lure colors, White & Chartreuse, just like Pink & Yellow are light hues regarded as
poor choices for deep water. Based on light deprivation, "BLUE" is the last hue in the color spectrum
to lose its identity, This helps to shed some light on the inane popularity of "purple" throughout the 1970s,
when the proverb of the decade was "Any color will work, as long as it's 'Purple'.
This might also explain the inordinate preference for "Black-&-Blue" jigs.

As I'm sure you know, Pickwick Lake is a top-rung Bronzeback fishery. If it were me
I'd try to satisfy all lighting conditions with Pumpkin, Black, Smoke & Chartruese.

Roger

RoLo, I know you said you defer judgement on chatterbaits, but I'm just curious about why you phased them out?

#15 Punkinseedfyretailz

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Posted May 16 2011 - 07:07 AM

white mini chatterbait or go with a big white one as long as its white. slap a swimbait on as a trailer and go to town. live magic shad is good for this.
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