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When you have fished, do you notice a difference in catches when you use a craw that is the color of the craws native to your water, or when you use an unnatural color? I fish the Yum Craw Papi in the bream color, and am wondering if I should switch to another color,

 

Here is the picture of the color from TW. Thanks!

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Are we talking jig trailer or Texas Rigged?

Texas rigged I'm pretty much down to 3 basic colors; black with blue claws, black neon, & Falcon lake craw.

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I think Color matters more when fishing a craw texas rigged. For example I have caught a ton of fish with a PB&J jig with a PB&J rage craw trailer but I have never caught a fish on a texas rigged PB&J rage craw. But watermelon red flake will get bit either way for some reason 

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I don't think you need to match the color. Bass need to eat, and I don't think they care if there is a little color variation. Dark colors are the best IMO, as they silhouette better in the water, so they are just seen better by the fish.  Now I don't fish clear water, so Natural/matching colors may make a difference in that situation, but I bet dark colors work there too...Black with and color combo is what I use, as well as dark colors like Junebug.

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I have several colors I like to use but they basically work around three principals. A dark, a light, and a medium color. Dark would be like a black or black with any color. Light colors would be obviously any white or clear or see through variations. And then the middle ground medium colors would be your Watermelon, Summer Craw, Chartreuse etc. 

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On a jig it doesn't seem to matter. We had a day earlier this year throwing jig rigs, which is just a more realistic T-rig and they hammered watermelon with red flake Space Monkeys and wouldn't touch any other color of that particular bait. However they wouldn't touch a Noisy Flapper in watermelon with red, but were hammering a traditional craw color. They also wouldn't touch straight braid either, but would hammer a fluoro leader, which is a whole other debate. 

I treat it as though it doesn't matter until it does. That seems to work well. 

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I think color matters, but every single fisherman that's ever bought a pack of plastic worms has made it more complicated than solving a d**n Rubix cube.  

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I only use black/blue for T-rigging craws. I have bought other colors and they just don't get bites. I have extra bags of other colors but keep running out of black.

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Watermelon red is the most consistent fish catching color for me on river systems but it's a toss up on most of the lakes I fish

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I fish my craws texas rigged. Here is the color of the craw in question. Is it natural enough?

 

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6 minutes ago, Anantha Patel said:

I fish my craws texas rigged. Here is the color of the craw in question. Is it natural enough?

 

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Their "bream" color is traditionally called magic craw or blue craw. It"s pretty much the only variant of green pumpkin i throw and have for years now. All my custom jig skirts have some sort of magic craw/green pumpkin/brown and burnt orange and use trailers that have a Magic Craw. It just works. 

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What you see is a crawdad, what the bass see is something that moves with clapping appendages, crawdads don't have flapping claws. The only thing that matters is will the bass strike it? Why on earth would you choose to fish 1 color?

Tom

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Most of the time it doesn´t matter, but there are times that apparently color means everything ( if you don´t have a specific color you´re screwed ) the catch is figuring out when color is making a difference.

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1 hour ago, Anantha Patel said:

I fish my craws texas rigged. Here is the color of the craw in question. Is it natural enough?

 

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I'd throw that! ;)

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16 minutes ago, WRB said:

What you see is a crawdad, what the bass see is something that moves with clapping appendages, crawdads don't have flapping claws. The only thing that matters is will the bass strike it? Why on earth would you choose to fish 1 color?

Tom

I bought it some time ago, when I was just starting bass fishing. It was the only 2.75" craw at Walmart (I wanted a smaller, finesse presentation) and din't look too unnatural, so I got it. Then I forgot about craws and fished small spinners (1/8th oz Beetle Spins) and grubs almost all the time, since they seemed to produce the most for me in my waters. However, recently I decided to pick up some craws.

I didn't want to waste the craws, and started fishing it, mostly in creeks in rivers, because my old favorites did't seem to work well there. It catches fish, but I'm only wondering if a more natural color will catch more.

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Try 1 bag of 10 Berkley 3" Chigger craw in green pumpkin. Remember to break the claws loose from the mold runners so they move properly. The color you have looks OK, not familiar with how that craw moves.

Tom

 

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1 hour ago, Anantha Patel said:

I bought it some time ago, when I was just starting bass fishing. It was the only 2.75" craw at Walmart (I wanted a smaller, finesse presentation) and din't look too unnatural, so I got it. Then I forgot about craws and fished small spinners (1/8th oz Beetle Spins) and grubs almost all the time, since they seemed to produce the most for me in my waters. However, recently I decided to pick up some craws.

I didn't want to waste the craws, and started fishing it, mostly in creeks in rivers, because my old favorites did't seem to work well there. It catches fish, but I'm only wondering if a more natural color will catch more.

Generally, the clearer the water, the more natural the color. But fish will make a liar out of you.

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I only use a craw when punching matt's and I really don't think it matters much at all. I'm convinced that the size and action are more critical. 

 

 

Mike 

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