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What Conditions For Redbug Color Soft Plastics ?

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I usually throw Green Pumpkin and Watermelon soft plastic worms here in the South - a tackle store owner encouraged me to try Redbug color worms which I've never used before . What conditions might dictate when to throw a Redbug color worm vs. Green Pumkin or Watermelon ? ... Thanks in advance !

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1 hour ago, ChrisD46 said:

What conditions might dictate when to throw a Redbug color worm

When the other colors aren't working.

When the hatch has some redbug colored prey in it.

When you feel confident that is the secret weapon. 

I just got me some of the Red Shad Paca Craws tied on just because I think they should be yummy to a bass.  :lol1:

 

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They'll get bit anytime and I'm not overly adamant about color, but  I've noticed a yearly late winter- early spring bite that red plastics are remarkably more effective. I've noticed bright red colored newts and some crayfish that resemble the color. 

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Summer time big worm fishing! Red bug, red shad, plum Apple are the colors I'm throwing. Something about red colored worms and hot summer days. 

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Y'all need to quit reading color charts & start throwing what the bass want!

Red Bug, Cran Apple, Plum, Cherryseed, Plum Apple, & other reds can be extremely deadly in any water or sky conditions.

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On a couple of the local lakes I fish redbug is definitely a good color.  I throw it mainly in the summer.  Usually the water in the lakes I use it in will start to turn a green color in the summer due to plankton blooms when the water gets hot.  Best conditions for redbug for me are sunny and when the water has that green stain to it.  Plum and plum apple are staples around here for summertime big worm fishing , too which are pretty similar to redbug.

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I'm different.. Red bug rage cut-r worm is my go to on cloudy overcast days 

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I started mixing in a Plum worm last summer and honestly couldn't  tell much of a difference over Green Pumpkin or Black.

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I would ask the tackle store owner that recommended you try them what conditions others are using them for. For me it's overcast days seem to work the best

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9 hours ago, Catt said:

Y'all need to quit reading color charts & start throwing what the bass want!

Red Bug, Cran Apple, Plum, Cherryseed, Plum Apple, & other reds can be extremely deadly in any water or sky conditions.

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This^

I have never found color to play as big a role as many others do. I would just try it, I find when the bite is on they will hit most colors.

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On 5/22/2016 at 10:04 AM, ChrisD46 said:

 a tackle store owner encouraged me to try Redbug color worms which I've never used before.

Maybe he had an overstock of red worms and needed to move them....

I love the red colored baits; I have a pack of strawberry Jelly worms that I like to open up, look at and smell.   The problem is if you are fishing the lakes around here (east/central NC) with soft plastics,  the green colors just seem to work better.

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I fish stained water, and I've noticed through the years that the best producers have a green flake in them, and they are better with the sun up, while darker lures are better in low light.  I think its a Blue Gill thing, with the green flake; and Redbug, JuneBug(favorite), and watermelon candy( when the water is really clear), are hard to beat, and cover most situations...

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It's a good color from the piedmont to the low country of SC, where we have stained water almost everywhere. So are the different names for purple. For a long time, purple is the only color I ever bough a worm in. Then I started fishing a local place where I couldn't buy one on purple.

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7 hours ago, doyle8218 said:

This^

I have never found color to play as big a role as many others do. I would just try it, I find when the bite is on they will hit most colors.

Yeah, I heard a pro say it's better to have the wrong bait in the right place than the opposite.

Go to Walmart near where you fish. What they're out of is what you need. ;) Now go get it at Academy, BPS, Cabela's or online to get it. Where I am that's usually bubble gum colored trick Worms.

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I don't really worry about color very much anymore. Mostly blacks blues and greens. Too much money spent trying to get multiple colors of the same bait, and I get bit just fine throwing whatever color I happen to have. Just my advice

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6 minutes ago, jtipton91 said:

I don't really worry about color very much anymore. Mostly blacks blues and greens. Too much money spent trying to get multiple colors of the same bait, and I get bit just fine throwing whatever color I happen to have. Just my advice

And if they don't want black, blue, or green what do you do, get skunked?

There will be times when color doesn't matter!

There will be times when color does matter!

There will be times when ya gonna change colors often!

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I rarely get skunked. And if I do, I don't chalk it up to throwing the wrong color. I choose to agree to disagree.

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39 minutes ago, jtipton91 said:

I rarely get skunked. And if I do, I don't chalk it up to throwing the wrong color. I choose to agree to disagree.

I've seen to many times color made all the difference in the world to ignore it!

But you're welcome to ignore it ;)

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1 minute ago, Catt said:

I've seen to many times color made all the difference in the world to ignore it!

But you're welcome to ignore it ;)

Now you have me second guessing myself! Lol I have some thinking to do

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Just now, jtipton91 said:

Now you have me second guessing myself! Lol I have some thinking to do

If I know the fish are there but ain't biting I'll change colors before I change lures!

Sometimes it's a minute change like watermelon seed to watermelon neon

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I will give it a try next time I encounter that situation. 

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It's a great color in our stained water lakes. 

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Thanks for the replies ! I'll try to work the redbug color in under the suggested conditions and see what bites I get . Funny though , red is the first color to drop out of the light spectrum under water , so hard to say what color a bass sees red bug as at 10 to 12 feet ? ...Probably light to medium grey with green sparkles .

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I have had better luck with Red Bug and June Bug in muddy water and late late afternoon and night fishing.

It can produce in pretty much any condition but those are the more prominent conditions.  If the water is 

more to the stained side than muddy i choose red bug, coffee with cream colored water (ultra low visibility), i 

go to the june bug color.   Bass, in muddy water, tend to react to noise and vibration, but visibility on the pursuit

will lead to more hookups... red bug and june bug produce the flash and darker profile to make the bait more visible

in the stained / muddy conditions. And it is my go to for fishing after dark.

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