so wrapped up in color selection
by "The Bass Coach"
(Roger Lee Brown)
How many of you anglers
who walk into Tackle Shops, Discount Stores, K-Marts, Wal-Marts,
etc., go straight to the sporting goods department, look for
the fishing rods sticking up in the air to zero in on the Fishing
Lures and Plastic Baits section? Then, when you get there you
start looking over all of the enormous selections of all the
different baits and different colors that are offered by the
many bait companies that are on the market today, and you're
not really sure of exactly what is really needed, so "The
Big Question" comes to mind; "What colors do I really
need?" especially when looking over all the plastic baits.
Well, let me tell you a
little secret that most anglers don't know!, and that is; "You
don't need a multitude of colors in your arsenal." That's
right! and let me say it again..... "You don't need every
color that you see!." Now, some anglers may suggest the
comment; "well my partner and I use this certain color on
this certain body of water, and it catches a lot of bass"
or others may say; "I saw this magazine article from one
of the top Pros, and he said to use this; yellow, spotted, half
stripped, 7", curly tail, floating, thing-a-ma-jig plastic
made by so & so, and I saw a picture in the magazine of the
14 lb. bass he caught off of this certain plastic bait, and now
I've really got to have some of these." Now before we get
started, let me explain something to you. The Bassin' Industry
is a "Multi-Billion Dollar Industry" in today's world
and growing more and more every day. Most of the Pros that lecture
these "Bass Seminars" have an obligation to their sponsors
to demonstrate, promote, and to advertise their sponsored product
(Nobody gives anything for free anymore!).
For example, attend one
of their fishing seminars and just see if they don't try to sell
you on a "certain product", or the technique that they
may use with this "certain bait." There are more Outdoor
TV Fishing Shows, Outdoor Magazines (related to freshwater fishing),
Bass Tournament Organizations, Bass Fishing Sites (on the World
Wide Web), Bass Fishing Clubs, Bait and Tackle Manufacturers,
Bass Boat Manufacturers, Rod Companies, Reel Companies, and it
goes on and on and on, as there ever was before. (That's probably
why Bass Fishing is considered to be America's #1 freshwater
sport!) And ALL! of these companies are in the market to make
Now, let's go even a step
further, okay? What sells all of these products? Hmm, let's see
now, advertisement (Marketing) and promotion are about the two
best ways of selling a product that I'm aware of and I'm sure
that there are more, but first let's concentrate on these two
for just one moment. Let's talk about fishing shows to give you
an example! I've co-hosted several TV Fishing shows in the past
and let me tell you that "Most,"of the time, (Not All!)
but "Most" of the fish that you see being caught on
the show are caught prior to the actual filming of a show. Yep!
now you might ask yourself; "well I saw the guy set his
hook and then reel in the bass."
All I can say to you is
this; "Don't believe everything that you see!" with
today's editing equipment, professional camera personnel, and
the right camera shots anything is possible. So let me explain
how it works; #1, you cast out the sponsored bait product (whatever
bait or baits the show is sponsored by, keeping in mind that
the fish were actually caught prior to the show, and in most
cases on totally different bait). #2, while you start your retrieve,
you rare back with your rod like you just got a strike and pretend
to set the hook! (on actually nothing at all). Then the camera
will stop filming. #3, then, you simply reel your sponsored bait
back in to the boat, grab a fish (in the case of a bass show,
a bass) out of the livewell and place the hook of the "sponsored
product" in the fish's mouth. #4, Next you place the fish
back into the water (with ease, and always keeping the slack
out of your line), then you let the fish swim away from the boat.
#5, then at this time, the camera starts rolling again and starts
filming you fighting the fish back to the boat!...(Really quite
simple!) That's how Most! of the filming is done.
It's not so much the bait,
or color, or technique used to catch the bass during the filming,
they just want to show you how much bass all of these "certain
baits" can actually catch! (but do they really?), that's
called Marketing, OR!, take a look at the packages of most of
the baits today. They have to look appealing on the shelves to
the consumer (this is called Packaging). Just keep this in mind!,
most baits on the market today are made and packaged to catch
anglers and not so much the fish.
Now, I'm telling you this
because of all the different products and especially all the
multitude of COLORS that you must decide on which ones to buy.
Okay, let's get back to the colors...... First of all I want
you to understand that I am NOT saying that a certain color of
a plastic bait will or will not work under any different circumstances,
but I will say that you don't really need any more than approximately
2 dozen colors of plastics to catch bass on any body of water
throughout the United States. Now stop and think a minute! There
are, without exaggeration, on today's market thousands of colors
and combinations of colors when it comes to plastic baits. Remember
what I just said! I said only 2 dozen colors, and not hundreds
of different colors!, Whew!, what a money saver, Right!.....
And, if you usually fish deeper than 20' depths most of the time,
you don't even need to have that many colors. The reason is,
is because the deeper a colored bait drops through the water
it starts to loose the color of the bait itself. That's right,
the deeper it goes down into the water the color spectrum starts
to diminish. In other words, if you had a multi-colored plastic
worm and you cast it out letting it drop to a 25' depth, the
colors of that multi-colored plastic worm would be "Shades
of Grays and Blacks" in that depth of water.
Just like scuba diving,
when you get down to a certain depth everything looks Black and
White!, well the same goes for colored plastics (Now, how many
colors does an angler actually need when fishing these deeper
patterns?) It doesn't matter what color you throw into 20' plus
depths because "All Colors" will basically all look
the same on the bottom. The only difference now will be is your
So, why buy hundreds of
different colors of plastic baits when they will all loose their
color at deeper depths? (Makes no sense to me!) So there is a
lesson to learned!, probably the most important factor to keep
in mind when fishing with plastics is; "The Presentation"
of the bait is what really counts! and not so much the color.......
I teach my students presentations, techniques, as well as colors
that they can use anywhere so they can be highly effective when
it comes to catching bass on any body of water!
For more information on
colors, baits, presentations, techniques, equipment, and just
about anything you might want to learn about bass fishing, you
owe it to yourselves to enroll into my 3-Day "On-Water"
Bass Fishing School. You will not only learn what equipment,
baits, and bass related items are really necessary to have but
also how much money you can actually save yourselves by knowing
what not to buy when it comes to baits and equipment.......Until
next time!.....Take Care & God Bless!
Take Care & God Bless!....."The
If you contact The Bass
Coach, let him know you saw his article on Zeiner's Bass Shop's
(518) 597-4240 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Bass Fishing School in New York
Back to Tips | Zeiner's Bass Shop