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How do you choose your worm color?  My basic rules have always been bluebird skies, natural blue worms, cloudier skies, or muddier water, go to a more standoutish color.  I think this methods been failing me lately, so how do you guys go about choosing your worm color?

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There has always been alot of discussion about color and I have found that if you can match the color of the bait fish and crawdads. I use alot of greenpumpkin and watermellon in all different lakes and do well. I also use blue fleck powerworms alot also. Maybe I'm just lucky but those are the colors I use most of the time to find fish. I have about every color they make but use those most.

Good luck,

Snag

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I start with natural colors. I use things that resemble crawdads, frogs, or shad type colors. Then I adjust the pattern from there.  

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The only thing I do different from what you are doing is in sunny conditions and muddy/stained water I use brighter colors.  In clear warter I use naturals like watermelon seed, watermelon red and green pumpkin in adition to balck and blue.

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I usually dont base my color selection on the color of the sky. the color of the sky affects the type of lure and/or type of retrieve. I use a slower more natural presentation in sunny weather, and i use a faster more agressive lures in cloudy weather. the color of the lures is more affected by the color of the water. In clear water i use colors like junebug and black and pumpkinseed and green pumpkin. In muddyer water i use Black and and brighter colored worms like chartruese and bright red and pink.

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I'm just a simple recreational fisherman and I keep things simple, carrying just a few colors. Most of my fishing is done in clear water and I generally use a translucent pumpkinseed when it's bright and black when it's cloudy or in darker water.

I'd certainly try some other colors, but my gut feeling is that your recent failings are more complicated than just the wrong color.

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Marty, are you calling me a bad fisherman :o :o :o :o, I'm Appauled!!!

Just messing with you

All kidding aside, I know that theres more to it, i just started thinking that i need to start trying different ways to go about selecting worm color.  

Also, whoever said that they dont use the sky conditions for color, i use worms for 70 percent of my fishing.  In clear skies, i feel bass wont go as far for the worm, becaues of the barometric pressure and such, and they probably wont go for a big 10 inch black worm, so i use natural blue/natural green, and other transluscent colors, usually in finesse and trick worms, on the lightest weight possible.  Works well.

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air temp, water temp, water clarity, wether...basic techniques i use

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 I try to match the conditions the best i can.

If the water is slightly stained, ill use chartruse/lighter colors.  Use the same in clearer water.  Mostly the green pumpkin/watermelon seed/ brown pumpkinseed/red shad.

In muddy waters, i go for sound, like a rat-L-trap, depends if its sunny or cloudy with muddy water to what color 'trap i will use.

Tater

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Dark, natural colors all the time. I like 6" Senkos in #194. 208, 297 and on occasion 187 (clear w/ black flakes).

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For clear water situations with a lot of sun and slow presentations, I usually make my baits blend in with the surroundings.  Green pumpkins, watermelon, cinnamons, pumpkins, etc. - something that matches the bottom or the cover I am fishing.   For clear water with no sun, I will do the same, but add some flake like watermelon/red or greenpumpkin/red.

For darker water, I like darker baits like black, purple, grape, red shad, etc.

I seldom use colored tails, too many bluegill bites.

Brad

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