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What are some basic sqaure bill colors? What color of crankbait is like green pumpkin for soft plastics? How is chartreuse? Does it mimic shad and baitfish fairly well?

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My favorite two are sexy Shad for clear water and black back chartreuse for stained

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Strike King gizzard shad and bluegill get bit for me.

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Sexy Shad and Firetiger depending on water clarity.

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In square bills, I normally start out with some sort of shad colored bait.  As my secchi disc reading gets to less than 2, I will go with something brighter, with more chartruese or orange in it.  Usually I start out throwing a Timber Tiger, so in that brand of colors I generally start out with their Texas Shad color.

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And one more suggestion: Paint an orange spot on the under side or around the eyes.

 

Use bright fingernail polish and cover the orange polish with a clear polish.

 

Just a suggestion.

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I am not a huge beleiver in "match the hatch" or that color matters too much, but I do keep a few colors of square bills around, for different water conditions. Mostly crawfish, perch, and sunfish/bluegill patterns for me.

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I am not a huge beleiver in "match the hatch" or that color matters too much, but I do keep a few colors of square bills around, for different water conditions. Mostly crawfish, perch, and sunfish/bluegill patterns for me.

This :sign5: To me a squarebill is a reaction bait. I want the bass to be able to see and/or hear the bait but I don't want them to get a good look at it. I want it to suprise them to the point that they want to grab it before it gets away. I keep several colors on hand but all of them are chosen based on water clearity. The clearer the water the more natural it will look. The muddier the water the more chartruse or dark it will be.

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Norman Fat Boy, redear pattern

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Shad colors are good in clear water and chartreuse is good in stained to dirty water. I've also had good success with red early in the year and in dirty water. Rapala has a color in the Ike series of the DT's that looks a lot like a green pumpkin/dark watermelon colored craw.

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And one more suggestion: Paint an orange spot on the under side or around the eyes.

 

Use bright fingernail polish and cover the orange polish with a clear polish.

 

Just a suggestion.

Good suggestion,

Ive thought about that before but never got around to it.

Mike

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I became a fan of Rick Clunn RC2 Spotted Shad.

 

I hear his Green Copper Shad and Copper Perch are solid choices as well.

 

Of course i then added some Lucky Crafts & B.D.S. and some Bagley Balsa square bills

 

Get some Craw patterns too!

 

I went Crank'n Crazy this christmas, i have plenty of choices ha now.

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The one in my avatar has been killing the fish recently. One of my favorite when I use the 1.0 is bluegill. I found that with the KVD crank baits in the waters I fish you choose by te size of the baitfish swimming around. If I see a large number of small bait fish I will throw the 1.0 if I see larger baitfish I will throw the 1.5. (People tell me to use the 2.5s to catch bigger fish but I never have luck with them and the 1.0 and 1.5s are doing just fine)

Another hint for crank fishing is get you a craw color crank if your local waters contain crawfish, seems to work a lot.

Key to choosing a color is to try to match it with the food in that particular spot, people swear by the sexy shad color but I never have luck with them ever. That was the first one I hav ever had and was turned off by cranks because I would never have luck, then I got a craw colored one and numerous others that match my local waters food supply... That's the key

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Around here the colors I like are fire tiger, smokey joe, pearl, and crawfish. I like black in muddy water.

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Sorry I forgot to reply to this thread. I checked out what everyone said and went and got a few basics. They're all H2O baits except for one Bandit 100 crawfish orange belly. I got a bluegill, chrome/blue back, chartreuse/black back, and a chartreuse shad. I should be set.

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Two primary color types I like. Something with chartreuse and something shad colored. Anything over and above that is bought on a one off basis for some special circumstances.

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The one in my avatar has been killing the fish recently. One of my favorite when I use the 1.0 is bluegill. I found that with the KVD crank baits in the waters I fish you choose by te size of the baitfish swimming around. If I see a large number of small bait fish I will throw the 1.0 if I see larger baitfish I will throw the 1.5. (People tell me to use the 2.5s to catch bigger fish but I never have luck with them and the 1.0 and 1.5s are doing just fine)

Another hint for crank fishing is get you a craw color crank if your local waters contain crawfish, seems to work a lot.

Key to choosing a color is to try to match it with the food in that particular spot, people swear by the sexy shad color but I never have luck with them ever. That was the first one I hav ever had and was turned off by cranks because I would never have luck, then I got a craw colored one and numerous others that match my local waters food supply... That's the key

Excellent Post AK.

This is a good post to Bookmark. covers size and color considerations.

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LC RC 1.5 in copper perch is my #1 crankbait and has caught fish everywhere. Besides that the SK KVD bait in gizzard shad has been working well for me.

 

Allen

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I use black back/chartreuse or firetiger, shad or bluegill kind of realistic color and a sexy shad variant and that's about it.  Covers muddy to clear water.  Of course I have others but really they were a lark when I bought them or I liked them but the ones listed above get 99% of the use.  Usually black back/chartruse and sexy shad colored squarebills are both on rods on the deck 75% of the year.

 

To me a much more important factor than color is to have squarebills by multiple manufacturers in my box.  They all have a little different action and it's the action that I am trying to fit to the fishes mood with a bait in a color they can see.  Same with rattles.  Great in muddy water, keep it silent in clear water, stained water it's a toss up based upon the fish's mood/weather/cloud cover.

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Have the best luck in the world on the Bomber Square A Oxbow color, we have nicknamed it the $100,000 color. The other color is the older Rapala Hot Mustard.

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