Hi fellow AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog is about what colour bait to use in stained and clear waters:
I have been asked on numerous occasions while fishing as to what colour to use and if colour makes a big difference. Well it was time I shot a video on this topic as there are many variables that come into play.
The rule of thumb is when the sun is out go to a bright bait that will be visible to the fish and catch lots of flash. On the flip side during an overcast day you should go to a dark natural colour as it will show more of a contrast in the water due to the lack of light catching it.
Well the above is what we have all done BUT I have also proven this wrong on many outings, this is where things get tricky. The key thing to note is the fish will always let us know what they want so keep that at the top of your list, while trying baits. I have done the reverse of what I wrote above as the fish were telling me to do so, they were hitting bright baits on overcast days and darker baits on brighter days, so again follow what the fish dictate to us.
In theory everything above is what should work but the factors we must consider and things like what is the light penetration like in deeper water? What will a darker bait running in deeper water during a bright day look like? These are key questions you must ask yourself while out on the water.
Say the day I very overcast with short patches of sunlight, well you use that darker colour bait BUT should you be fishing a deeper depth you need to remember that the bait may drown itself out in darker water bellow, this is where you will rely more on things like scent and noise to combat that. On the flip side you may want to also try a bait with a brighter flash, that can also help combat that darker water.
This works the same way with sunny days and bright colours, in that deeper water you might want that darker bait, as there will still be light penetrating below so the profile of a darker bait may stand out more.
In this vlog I clearly demonstrate how lighter and darker colours can get lost in various colours of water, sometimes even blend in so much that they can barely be seen at all. This is definitely something to keep in mind as doing the wrong things can result in not catching any fish, so paying attention to details like this can increase your chances of catching fish.
Hope you found this vlog helpful!
The AMFisH guy…