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swimbait colors for blueback herring lakes

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I've been using the money bait in a white pearl and some other larger hollow bodies, but not satisfied I have the right

colors for under these baitfish*.   They quit making the 6" one I had the most confidence in, and Berkeley wouldn't make me any.  I changed to a whitish purple hue and it's not producing.   Fish'n on a fish head mostly for spots.  

Any suggestions?    I'm going on a buy - I'm running low.   I got enough that don't work.

* - it's a whole different ball game.   I'm more used to all the shad migrations, but these seem to roam and stay off shore in these big lakes.  

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i have river herring up here in MA, love fishing big swimbaits as well. savage gear shine glide matches river herring perfectly, shape and body color.  ms slammer, my all time favorite swimbait.  real prey swimbaits, have a few different baits that match the size, shape and color. these are soft baits as well.  3:16 rising sons are a good soft swimbait. deps 175 slide swimmer in blue back color. huddleston deluxe soft swimbait another great choice. 
live target makes some super realistic herring swimbaits. both hard and soft swimbaits! 

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Unfortunely both my suggestions for herring colors are expensive swimbait lures as ive never had success on budget friendly swimbaits. Bbz makes a baby shad in blue herring thats 2.5 inches as well as a blue herring color intheir 4 inch shad that ive done well with. For soft plastic I like pro blue shiner or silver shiner colors to match herring.

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are you talking about the yum money minnow? if not can you post a pic of what the bait is

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Basstrix the company who started the hollowbody swimbaits makes a blueback herring from 4" to 8".

Tom

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Yes, that's a Yum product, not sure if its called shad or minnow.    About 3+" it's a popular addition for Z-rigs.   I'll look for some of these.  

I fished over river herring, aka skip jacks with the up closing mouths in the OH basin.   They get quite large.   Bluebacks are southern bait fish more like shad common in the SE river chains of lakes.   They actually don't have a blue back, it's more green, but that's what they're called.   People use as catfish bait, too.   I guess they're in the herring family.   I've looked them up and did some prototype hard baits.   But they seem to be selective when they're chasing them in open water.   Mostly spots and LMB.

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Thanks for the Basstrix info.   I ordered some from tackle warehouse to try.   If nothing else, they "match the hatch".    Pricey, but you don't lose many in open water.

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Davy Hite won an Elite Series tourney on Clark Hill throwing a Storm swim bait ( white pearl). the bass were chasing blue backsblue backs

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11 hours ago, flatcreek said:

Davy Hite won an Elite Series tourney on Clark Hill throwing a Storm swim bait ( white pearl). the bass were chasing blue backsblue backs

good call

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I fish that lake too.   I have some storms in the box but not sure what color they are.   Pearl is a color that's universal. like white or black.   I use soft and hard pearl baits.   

I experiment a lot.  90% of tackle doesn't get used but you have to try them all to know which is the 10%.   Storm's are pre-rigged if I recall, so they aren't available for adding to a spinhead.   I think Davy used another bait (hard?) he cut his teeth on, too, going from memory, during the early years.  

I don't listen to dock talk, all lies, ego trips, and if they told you the truth, you wouldn't believe it...   Right now, I'm catching better on other baits but always looking for an edge and conditions change rapidly.  

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