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For the day it just depends on if its overcast or not. Cloudy, I like white or chartreuse. Sunny/no clouds I like to try black/dark first. I have caught fish on chartreuse bellied poppers in every type of weather though. You pretty much have to let the fish dictate what color they want to eat. I just like to start with the mentioned above and see what happens. As for night, any color will work. its just the commotion on the surface they are feeling/hearing. 

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I.ve used several different colors successfully in stained water and dont have a clue when to use what. Black , chrome and shad are three good producers .

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Just get something with an orange belly and you're set. Poppers are one of the few baits I don't get to caught up in color about. 

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I like the Loon color from River2Sea for dirty water. 

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Lobina rio rico in bone and volt.

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Yup a orange bottom popper with a mix of chartruese on the sides with a touch of green with a knocker. I use the 1-2-3 twitch then pause. This topwater presentation must be done equally every time. The 1-2-3 pause must be a Oscar winning presentation not a golden globe but an Oscar winning presentation.

Even when you use a slow steady reel presentation watch closely how you crank the handle on the reel. You need a even circle for a even lure speed. If your making a egg shaped movement of your hand on the crank listen to your lure churning fast then slow. Your lure needs a slow even speed.

These are tops for success. The fish see our mistakes. Perfection is the key.

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For a topwater, any color will usually work, I just take a sharpie and add a spot of orange or red to the botttom part near the front of the lure. Most Poppers will have a yellow or orange colored portion of the bottom, but Generally the throught Process is Black, or darker colors at night, but then some guys also like to use the same colors they use during the day since the bait fish are the same color as always. 

I agree that the Loon Color is really good since it has black and some white on it for contrast and is also good to throw most of the time. I use a Sexy Shad color Popper most of the time since it has some chart, white, and orange on bottom, I never do well with Firetiger or really bright colors but I know that some people do really well on them. 

I have seen times at night where a white lure would work great, and I have heard guys tell me that depending on the light from the moon or dock lights etc, sometimes White or lighter colors with flash will be easier to see but I don't know for sure, you never know until you try one.

All you really need for a popper is 3 colors essentially and a box of sharpies.

White bottom, Black bottom, something with orange or chart on the bottom. I like to work poppers differently at night most of the time. I use more of a chugging predictable retrieve with 1 pull, then pause for a 3 count, repeat. Or just walk it at a steady slow retrieve. 

I have never been able to say with certainty that black is better than matching the forage color at night. In stained water, or any water,  sometimes I feel lures that match the water color work well any time. I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to black lures at night, but lately I have been using the same colors I use during the day. In Ponds, In Summer, I love a baby bass colored lure or worm since the bass that hatched this year are a perfect size right now and I feel the key is contrast. Green/White seems to always catch fish but I would use the same colors you catch fish on during the day. Blugills are still the same color during the day, Flash is flash, and in moonlight, Flash is probably the key, that is why I love the Sebile Glitter series that gives the "Scales falling off effect". I use a Gold Splasher at night since you can walk it, pop it, chug it, or wake it. Patrick Sebile has a demo he does where he shows about 6 retreives with the lure and that hard Chug actually works at times, I never thought to work a lure that hard would work, but if you have some wind, it is worth a try. Seems to attract bigger fish for some reason. Sorry for the long response, I type quickly and the Splasher has Owner ST-41 Hooks so you can throw it on Heavy line and not worry about bending them.

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1 hour ago, primetime said:

 that hard Chug actually works at times, I never thought to work a lure that hard would work, but if you have some wind, it is worth a try. Seems to attract bigger fish for some reason. 

Sometimes I take an old PicoPop or Rebel chugger and try to spit water as far as it will . A very sharp but short jerk .  When I see non-schooling fish hitting  shad , its one of the techniques I use .

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