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Does the color of a Whopper Plopper really matter?

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I have been thinking of purchasing a whopper plopper 90.  I was at Cabelas, and they had a few, but none in the Terminator coloring I really had my mind set on.  I didn't purchase one, but in watching these things fished, it seems to me they are getting strikes based on the commotion they make and it's hard to imagine the fish really takes much of a look at the color.  What do you think?  Does color on these things really matter that much???

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Not much, it's more dark versus light coloring.  Don't get to hung up on the exact right color, Loon and monkey butt or white powder are good colors to start with.

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Loon and Bone only 2 ya need :)

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Yeah just get one dark and one light color, you don't need 4 or 6 or 20 colors!

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It's a topwater, so it's mostly about silhouette and light vs dark. I've got Loon and Powder. 

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I caught a hundred or so fish (before I lost it to a fish) on the Rainbow Trout Plopper as it was the only 90 color in stock at BP. I fish Texas reservoirs... we don't have Rainbow Trout in Texan reservoirs. The fish I caught have never and will never see a live Rainbow Trout. Come to think about it... they have never seen a Munky Butt or Yoda either...lol

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Loon and bone for me! A general rule of thumb in regards to surface baits, are dark baits contrast an overcast sky, and light colors contrast better against a sunny blue sky. The school of thought is that the fish are looking up at the bait and only seeing its profile against the sky above.

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Really only the bottom color is going to matter, like others said, if you are getting two a dark one (loon) and a lighter one (bone, perch etc have white bellies) will do. 

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The color matters as much as it matters in any other top water bait.   I have used the Whopper Plopper to catch many fish, most of those have come with the lure sitting perfectly still.   The lure does not sit horizontal on the water, it sits in almost a vertical position with the lower 2/3rds of the bait beneath the water.    When the fish are going good color may be one of the lesser concerns, but when the bite is much tougher I believe that it is one of the things that you have some control over that can make a difference.   

 

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Just like any other bait, the color matters when it matters. Sometimes they'll hit anything you throw, sometimes it has to be that certain color or they won't touch it. 

A baitfish or dark color is going to cover a good portion of your needs though. 

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On September 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM, KDW96 said:

Loon and Bone only 2 ya need :)

Agreed, and do yourself a favor and pick up the 130 instead of the 90. Just seems to swim a lot better and put more fish in the boat. 

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7 hours ago, Oklahoma Mike said:

Agreed, and do yourself a favor and pick up the 130 instead of the 90. Just seems to swim a lot better and put more fish in the boat. 

I was thinking 90 just because I mostly fish for smallmouth.

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I Know It color is a killer, white and chartreuse is always good. But yes I think the surface commotion is the biggest factor here. 

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I bought a loon 90 earlier this Spring and it was awesome. Lost it a few weeks back and hadn't done much fishing since then. Went to BPS today and they were out of Loon and Bone so I went with Monkeybutt. I'm partial to dark colors on top, but ready to give this a try. 

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On 9/27/2016 at 9:29 PM, BankBassing said:

I was thinking 90 just because I mostly fish for smallmouth.

ive caught smallmouths on the 130 in loon.

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Well, I stood in Cabelas agonizing over which one to get today.  I had a full selection of 130s to choose from and only one 90 in Crystal Minnow.  I really thought about getting the 130, but considering this Cabelas is only about an hour north of me, and these people fish the same river I do, them being out of 90s on two trips has to mean something, considering they have equal shelfspace to the 130s.  I bought to 90 in Crystal Minnow.  We'll see what happens.  Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

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While on the WP color topic :Give me your top three colors as I believe a dark , a white / silver and a translucent would cover all water and sky conditions . Currently I have a WP90 in : Loon , I  Know It and for translucent - my next WP90 will probably be Monkey Butt . How about your top 3 WP colors ?

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Yes it does at times, Loon, Blood Blue and Bone will cover most water coditions. I use the 130 size. Also you can change out the  stock hardware/the split rings and hooks, use single replacement "Owner Hooks."

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On 10/2/2016 at 5:09 AM, ChrisD46 said:

While on the WP color topic :Give me your top three colors as I believe a dark , a white / silver and a translucent would cover all water and sky conditions . Currently I have a WP90 in : Loon , I  Know It and for translucent - my next WP90 will probably be Monkey Butt . How about your top 3 WP colors ?

I've been doing very well on T1000 and just bought one in Sooner specifically with smallmouth in mind. 

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Just passing on what a highland reservoir guide shared with me yesterday : If you fish for Smallmouth and Spotted bass do yourself a favor and get the : "I Know It" sexy shad color and the "Loon" colors to start - this will cover majority of conditions and later you can add a translucent color such as "Monkey Butt" or "Ghost Shad" . The subtle chartreuse coloring over pearl white in the "I Know It"  color is like a magnet for smallmouth and spots !

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59 minutes ago, ChrisD46 said:

 The subtle chartreuse coloring over pearl white in the "I Know It"  color is like a magnet for smallmouth and spots !

This is why I went with the T1000, for the shad color with a little splash of chartreuse on the chest and the blade. The smallmouth really seem to like it. 

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On 9/28/2016 at 0:34 AM, Travis Gasper said:

I Know It color is a killer, white and chartreuse is always good. But yes I think the surface commotion is the biggest factor here. 

ive got 5 different colors of them, and i agree with you, that one has been the most deadly for me.  My partner was throwing a the Monkey Butt one and couldnt get a hit, and got ticked that i was slaying them that morning on the "i know it".  Needless to say, he has one in his box now. :)

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At daybreak, I like darks. After daybreak, I like lighter colors, but usually, the topwater bite is finished for me by then.

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