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Green pumpkin, the best all around color?

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The title really says it all, almost every body of water I go to I'll always have luck in the soft color category with green pumpkin, if it's a swimbait or a jig or a Finesse worm the color just catches fish. 

 

What is it with green pumpkin? I've fished stained water with it and caught fish, same with clear water. 

 

What is it with the color that gets bass to strike? 

 

 

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I don't know if it is the number 1 color but I sure have caught a bunch of fish using green pumpkin. About the only other color I throw is junebug. Between the 2, one seems to always work.

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In general, it is probably one of the best, though for me

it has always been variants of GP (chartreuse tail, or

GP/Gold flake, etc.).

 

My own experience has been varied, with Watermelon

Magic probably atop the list, followed by Junebug.

 

 

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Bass Master Magazine did an angler survey several years ago on the most popular color and green pumpkin was it.

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I agree about its versatility, but when you go somewhere inundated with Shad, white is hard to beat

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Keep in mind, plastic color is dictated by conditions and prevalent bait. 

Down here it's mostly Junebug for me. 

When that slows I'll change to anything with a little red. 

 

Green Pumpkin is always last. 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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1 hour ago, tander said:

I don't know if it is the number 1 color but I sure have caught a bunch of fish using green pumpkin. About the only other color I throw is junebug. Between the 2, one seems to always work.

...add blue pearl flukes and swimbaits to fish in the top 1/3 of the water column.

 

oe

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1 hour ago, JediAmoeba said:

I agree about its versatility, but when you go somewhere inundated with Shad, white is hard to beat

Green pumpkin and some form of a purple flake is all I throw in places with no shad, best bluegill imitation in my opinion 

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Black is never wrong.

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In my neck of the woods Green Pumpkin colored baits rule! Nothing else comes close.

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The green pumpkin watermelon laminate senko is about as good as it gets colorwise in my opinion. That way the bass has its choice of what color it's going to eat ;)

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I tend to do best with watermelon colors , June bug, grape , red shad. Green pumpkins good but not best where I fish. 

Y'all try the Alabama craw color .It’s half June bug and ( I think ) half pumpkin. I don’t know if it comes in other brands besides Yum dingers but that’s my hot bait right now. The fish absolutely clobber it on top, reeling thru or on top of grass.

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1 hour ago, 2tall79 said:

Black is never wrong.

I mostly agree but this morning I made the switch from black to purple in the same worm and the bites doubled if not tripled. I talked to a guy at the ramp who stayed with black and he didn't do nearly as good. Now next week I'm sure it'll change.

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I use to buy all the colors but now it is pretty much down to 4. Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Watermelon, and Black&Blue. I with mix the flake colors up a little bit too.  

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5 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

The green pumpkin watermelon laminate senko is about as good as it gets colorwise in my opinion. That way the bass has its choice of what color it's going to eat ;)

Same here. There’s a dark/light watermelon laminate with red flake that I bought but haven’t really tried. It looks a lot like the Cali Craw TRD’s that I do well with. But the green pumpkin/watermelon laminate senko is my confidence bait. 

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Still never figured out where the pumpkin comes in. They never have orange in them..whatever, they work. 

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2 hours ago, 813basstard said:

Still never figured out where the pumpkin comes in. They never have orange in them..whatever, they work. 

Pumpkin colored baits are orange, green pumpkin is green. Pumpkins are green before they turn orange.

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all fish eat smaller fish. a bait fish pattern will never fail. even blue gills in muddy water will be silver in color. a shad pattern will always work. so will a green pumpkin. im convinced color is least important putting a bait in front of a hungry fish will get bit 

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12 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

I tend to do best with watermelon colors , June bug, grape , red shad. Green pumpkins good but not best where I fish. 

Y'all try the Alabama craw color .It’s half June bug and ( I think ) half pumpkin. I don’t know if it comes in other brands besides Yum dingers but that’s my hot bait right now. The fish absolutely clobber it on top, reeling thru or on top of grass.

In clearer than usual water in scattered grass down here, a Alabama Craw colored Rage Bug can tire you out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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15 hours ago, pondhopperNJ said:

What is it with the color that gets bass to strike? 

I think you'll have to ask a bass.

 

Yup, if I had to use just one color, that's it.

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I think it just has to do with it being a semi natural color. I never do well with crazy colors. Literally most of my baits are white, black and natural. For softs green pumpkin, black and blue, white or bluegill if it’s a swimbait, seems to work out pretty well. 

 

In michigan fish, also seem to love anything black and gold. 

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Overall, I'd say watermelon w/ red flake is most effective for me where I fish.

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Green pumpkin and black & blue pull about 95 percent of my duties for plastics.  Used to buy tons of other but over the years I've simplified it to mostly these 2. Besides finesse worms, morning dawn is my go to 

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