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I have been practicing with some types of lures that have not been very successful for me in the past.  Torpedo, Buzz, Spinner etc.  I do not have a huge selection.  So, when I have some success fishing a lure, I start to think maybe I could use more variations of these. :D Like another color,size etc.  Now instead of one, I have five versions of the Torpedo and I'm looking at new Buzzes. Learning to fish them is fun but I do not want to go gear crazy. Does anyone think this way after "lure success"?  $$$$$ ;D  

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I seem to have a drawer full of torpedoes but only in a few color patterns. When i find one that works I just get more of the same. Esp the torpedoes as thats my "go to" bait.  Cant remember the name of the pattern, neon green, brown, hunters orange? Ive caught more fish off of that pattern than anything else. anyone remember the name?

I dont fish many buzz baits as a good buzz bait situation is also a good torpedo one. Some will disagree im sure. Whatever catches fish.

If a silver hot spot with a blue stripe catches fish why run out and buy a blue one with a red stripe?

If it aint broke dont fix it.  I do however take exception to that if all my buds are catching fish on bait X and im not doin so well then yes, i will give bait X a try.

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I think it's natural to want more when you find a lure that you have success with. You want a spare or two in case you lose one and you want different sizes to probe different depths, cast farther, present a different profile or whatever.

I wouldn't go crazy with colors. My unproven opinion is that you probably won't catch more fish with 10 colors than you would with just a few. But that's just me, I have confidence in that theory.

There was a Yamamoto staffer who always used to say you just needed three colors: dark, light and something in between.

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Basically I use the three primary colors for spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Chartruese, WHite, and black. For crankbaits shad, bluegill, and perch colors. Plastics I like watermelon, pumpkin, and purple/black colors. Sometimes a person can make things complex when they dont need to in fishing. Im not saying to only use these colors, but its a start. Start with a few different types of lures and build up. ;)My number one confidence bait is a white spinnerbait so I usually dont buy every color of spinnerbait there is out there.

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I agree with Boo! Stick to three or four colors of each bait you have confidence in. In most applications I don't think color is a key factor. I remember one B.A.S.S. event where all three to finishers were using a creature type bait. All three were fishing the same water, with different colors.

If I start using a new bait and catch fish with it I will usually buy more, just in the same two or three colors I have confidence in.

Tight Lines,

Fatdaddy151

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I agree to an extent with the "general" colors but I also buy custom painted crankbaits that are basically the same but just a little different,if that makes sense.I truly believe that if a bass sees a shad pattern DT10,15 times a day,he will be accustomed to it and "know" what it is.But change that DT10 color pattern a slight bit and you are presenting something that he has never seen before and can't be bought at the local Wal Mart by every "regular Joe".

Think about it,how many fisherman buy their tackle at the local Wal Mart?Well,most Wal Marts carry roughly the same stock as the next one and the fish see those baits ALL THE TIME!!I really believe that showing the fish something different helps out.Not extremely different but different enough to matter.Remember,bass like a little "strange" every now and then. ;)

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My local club has an annual "flea market" every year where we sell table space to vendors and hold out several tables for club members to sell off there "over stock" of the latest bait that worked only once or those that just caught your eye.  You really don't  recoup all of your expenses, but you can make some of your money back and also pick up some good deals on next year's "over stock".

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I do a little bit. With Soft plastics if i catch a fish or 2 i might buy another package in another color.

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Marty and Boo, it's interesting that you mention limiting the colors.  I just read an article about that a few days ago.  It also said Black, white, chartruese or some versions thereof.  Three  is enough.

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I disagree....use as many colors as possible fish that have never seen those crazy colors will be interested in trying sumthin new...but i know where you guys are comming from.

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I agree and disagree.Bass do need to see something different and I think presentation,technique,and action is where the difference should be made.Their are some colors that just work better like pumpinkseed,purple,black,and watermelonseed.These colors also work in a different lakes and colors of water from clear to muddy.

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I don't really change colors when I find that a lure is effective- I have found that in one river I fish a 3" pumkinseed PowerGrub on a jighead works great. The next time, I tried a chartruese PowerGrub, and caught about half the amount. I then tried pumkinseed again and caught tons. So, for that river, it seems like that one color works best.

I also have a topwater Rapala in trout, and I have caught tons of fish on it. I agree that presentation and technique probably matter more, but it seems like some colors the bass like again and again.

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I usually stick with the three color scheme and select based on water clarity and weather conditions.  To those of you who are proponents of multiple colors, how do you choose which one to use?  I have enough trouble choosing just one bait type at a time.  I would go crazy if I threw color into the mix.

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I'de rather have more backup lures(colors) to the one's I already own, then to start spending more money on colors I'm not sure will work at my body of water. I agree with the three or four color scheme. K.I.S.S... ;) Oh, my three colors for plastics are pumpkin, watermelon, black/chart.

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Boo I think is correct. There are too many colors out there for you to go crazy over. Stick with basic colors and they will work.

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