Color Your LineColor Your Line Coloring your line for stealth and success is a proven method that gives you another positive piece to your fishin' puzzle.
By Chuck Bauer
Bass Fishin' is like a 1000 piece puzzle, especially as it relates to bangin' big fish. The person at the end of the day having the most pieces of the puzzle put together, usually wins. In fact, all your actions, activities and thoughts when fishin' places you in a position of advantage or disadvantage. So, coloring your line for stealth and success is a proven method that gives you the advantage and allows you to add another positive piece to your fishin' puzzle.
Bass have superior eye sight and when you couple that with their feel/hear and smell/taste sensors, coloring of your line then becomes a critical function of your presentation. Add to that the distinctions between a five pound, a ten pound and even a fifteen pound bass, line coloration becomes critical.
I guess the obvious question is "Why do we want to color our line?" Simply stated, a colored line gives fishin' enthusiasts the advantage because no matter what the water quality is, such as muddy or clear, the color breaks in the line offset the bass's ability to track and see the line. Here is an example of this "trick" that you can play on yourself. Take whatever line you have and color the first twenty feet in one foot sections of brown, blue and green. Tie a weight at the end of your line and go to your local swimming pool. Make a cast and watch the line. Of course, you will be able to see the brown part. The blue, you might even be able to see that. Yet the green becomes very faded and almost unseen. Now, this test was performed in a swimming pool. What if you were to try this test in actual conditions? In a clear lake or even murky conditions, the advantage swings back to the fishin' enthusiasts who have colored line breaks.
Now, here are the tools you will need and how to prepare them. First, you need the colored pens. I recommend that you use the Marks-A-Lot pens. They last a long time and work effortlessly. Secondly, take a razor blade and make a small incision in the very tip of the pen. This allows you to place the line within the incision to apply your color.
In most applications you can paint your lines in one to three foot sections, which models the Triple Fish line that I use. Again, brown, blue or green. If your line is already manufactured with one of these colors, then you will only have to paint on two colors.
In past years, I have wondered if the final three feet or so as you tie off a knot to your hook would make a difference. I have consciously tried to tie the knot to the green or blue side and avoid the brown. I am not sure if this had made any difference through the years but I have, on purpose, tied off to the green or blue part. In fact, I have gone as far as painting my hooks when I am faced with a lake that has very clear water.
Now, one last thing. I asked my very good fishin' buddy and friend John Deckard to give me suggestions about coloring. John and I make a great fishin' team because we are good friends but very opposite in our personality styles. I'm kinda the "get it done" guy and John is more the "scientific guy" or analyzer type. When I presented this question to John, I figured I would get some kind of response like "Contact Los Alamos Labs to get exact color types that will match the top five water clarity of any lake in America," or "Have I contacted a paint laboratory somewhere to find out how many casts it will take for the ink to fall off the line?" Well, the first two sentences kind of caught me off guard then he rolled right back to his true form. This is what he said:
John Deckard (Mr. Scientist): "I like to smear. When we were children we finger painted as a basic way of combining colors (colours) and making new colours."
"I paint one side according to the water colours, the other to the bottom colour and I smear them on overlapping sides of the line for the first 1/2 of the casting distance. Smear both sides and overlap generously. My favorites are brown, red, purple, black and blue. Mixed, smeared and light one on each side and alternating allows little linear definition, or linear distinctions at any depth."
"On the top half I continue using lighter and less colour, still smearing but these are broken by 3 foot demarcations or breaks of very dark circular bands to block transmitted light traveling down the line from the surface- similar to optical fiber, only less efficient. Efficient enough to otherwise make your line glow at 10 foot."
"Have fun, be a kid again and smear. It makes a difference and as you learn to alter it to each level of clarity you add a true addition to your arsenal."
I read this and had to wonder where John comes up with this stuff? Okay John, I like to act like a kid yet some of that stuff you'll have to explain to me in terms that I can understand!
In closing, whether you choose to use my very simple method or try John's more scientific approach, coloring your line will add more points on the 1000 piece puzzle plus it will help you move closer to a successful fishin' outing!
Chuck Bauer is a noted Big Bass Specialist who has been recognized many times by various organizations, including Bassin' Magazine, Texas Fish & Game, North American Fisherman Magazine, Outdoor Life, Texas Hunting and Fishing News, The Dallas Morning News, and Texas Outdoor Times Magazine. Chuck is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and he is on Pro Staff for Kick-n-Bass.
Chuck also does free fishin' seminars in and around the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex.
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