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What does Chartruse look like to a bass?

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We all know to use chartruse when in stained or muddy water or on overcast days but what do the bass see? I have heard they see it as a brighter white instead of the yellow. Very few baitfish are chartruse so ---why does it work so well at times and what does chartruse look like to a bass?

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I've always believed that it's really not important what it looks like to bass,

that it's far more important that it can easily be seen by bass (I can't visualize a bass rejecting food on the basis of color).

In more than one study (Mepps among them) "chartreuse" was shown to be the only color

that's highly visible in both clear and turbid water. Not coincidentally, chartreuse sits smack in the center of the color spectrum

between green and yellow.

Roger

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Not sure what it looks like to a bass but if you have ever looked at a bluegill in clear water, it's fins and tail will appear as light chartreuse.

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LUNCH

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We all know to use chartruse when in stained or muddy water or on overcast days but what do the bass see?

Boy, I'd love to know the answer to that. All I know is I catch a ton of fish on firetiger colored lures every year. Doesn't matter if its bass, both large and small, walleyes, and pike. In all types of weather conditions and water conditions. Its hard to deny the effectiveness of this color.

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I can't speak for the fish, but for me, I think it appears to be white in stained/muddy water. If I drop my chartreuse spinnerbait down into the water, just before it goes out of sight, it looks white. I'm with RoLo's opinion on it being highly visible. I also think there's something about this color that just excites fish sometimes(especially smallies), even in clear water. I wonder why I don't see pure chartreuse jigs for sale by more manufacturers. That would be one ugly jig! Chartreuse head, skirt and chunk trailer...GROSS! ;)

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Thanks guys, Lunch it is.

I never thought about it being in the center of the color spectrum and that may have something to do with the success of the color. Visibility and fitting the food profile is what it is all about and chartruse really fits.

Thanks again for your input - Kevin

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i'm no expert but i've heard smallie guys say smallies are triggered by chartreuse.i know pike and pickeral are triggered by it without a doubt.as for largies i think it just shows up better in low light conditions and since a largie is first and foremost a sight oriented fish this helps in those conditions.

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Chartruse viewed in deep water or low light conditons appears white. Here is a white and a chartruse crankbait photographed in low light.

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Chartruse viewed in deep water or low light conditons appears white. Here is a white and a chartruse crankbait photographed in low light.

This is what I had always heard regarding chartreuse.

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