a full-time bass fishing guide specializing in smallmouth bass,
one of the most common questions asked by my customers is ; does
color make a difference when worm fishing?
plastic worm is not difficult, however, some anglers are at a
complete loss when it comes to determining what color to use for a
particular body of water or don't know what color to go to when
out of ten if you ask another bass fisherman what he
caught his fish on, his reply simply would be "on worms" and most
fishermen are satisfied with the answer. But in reality he has
given you only a small portion of the necessary information that
you are looking for.
a lot of important factors to consider when it comes down
to fishing plastic baits; color, size, rigging, weight size, type
worm, hook style and size, type of retrieve, depth to fish and
type of cover or structure is best.
that one of the most important aspects of worm fishing is
finding the color of worm the bass want on a particular day. Don't
cast the same color of worm for hours on end, trying to make the
bass hit your favorite color. Use various colors switching from
light to dark or vice-versa until you establish a color pattern.
some anglers mistakenly believe that bass cannot
distinguish color, studies by Dr. Loren Hill inventor of the
Color-C-Lector, have proven fish can distinguish at least 26
colors or shades of colors. This helps to understand why some
seem to produce when others don't.
factors will determine the color to use, i.e., the clarity
of the water, depth, time of day and whether clear or overcast.
way to start an argument among bass fishermen is to say
one color of worm is better than another.
fisherman seems to have his or her own preference of
color. And for the most part, this has to do with the track record
that particular color.
have to say that the all-time favorite color among the
majority of fishermen is purple or some color close to it. I don't
if this color is really that good or it's just because so many
use it, but it works.
place in a worm color seems to be either black or blue. All
three of these colors are highly productive because they work
under a wide variety of water and weather conditions.
There are so
many new colors on today's market, it would be
impossible to list them all, but, there are several that should be
any bass fisherman's tacklebox. Namely, they are watermelon, blue
fleck, green pumpkin, black/chartreuse, plum, junebug,
pumpkin/chartreuse, and a variety of purples, blacks, and blues.
fish for smallmouth in clear water lakes like Murray,
Arbuckle, or Texoma you simply cannot believe how critical
selecting the right worm color can be. Because smallmouth can be
so finicky, one day they like a particular color and the next day
they won't touch it. I like the small hand-poured style finesse
worms made by Robo Worm out of California. Their little 4" Sculpin
FX worms are my bread and butter bait when fishing for brownies.
If you haven't looked at these special effects worms, they are
available at Academy Sports & Outdoors or you can contact Robo
www.roboworm.com< or 1-877-GET-ROBO.
favorite colors are the Fuschia Thunder, Ayu, Purple Weenie,
and Aaron's Magic. One color that is really effective in the early
spring is the Early Craw.
One day on
a guide trip we might catch 25 or 30 smallmouth on the
Purple Weenie color and the next day on the same lake with the
same conditions, they won't touch that color. We might have to
switch to the Early Craw or the Fuschia Thunder color to catch
bass. I think all bass are selective when it comes to biting a
particular color of a plastic worm, but none are as finicky as
the size of a worm is really up to the individual, but my
personal preference in clear water is the 4" size and if the water
either stained or muddy or when I am targeting big largemouth, I
use a 6, 7, or and 8-inch worm. One good practice to follow is to
reduce the size of your worm if you're not getting any strikes, or
if you seem to be missing fish.
A lot of
bass fishermen still prefer to fish their worms Texas
Style, however in recent years, more and more anglers are
utilizing the Carolina Rig method, or using the drop-shot
technique. Although I use all of the above methods from time to
time when fishing a plastic worm, my favorite for smallmouth is a
Mojo Rig. I like to use their Slip Shot weights in either the 5/32
oz. or 3/16 oz sizes. The Mojo rig is really the same as a
Carolina Rig only on a smaller scale. The Mojo weights are
cylinder shaped and will come through the rocks much better than
the conventional brass or egg-shaped sinkers.
fishing can be a very complex method of catching bass, yet the
fact remains that no other lure in fishing history is as
productive as the plastic worm.
so many variables when it comes to fishing a plastic
worm, but none is as important as selecting the right color.
time, remember to practice catch-and-release.