Mind Your Greens and Browns
Has anyone ever told you to: "Mind your
P's and Q's!" and "Mind your beeswax!" Now,
this article tells you to: "Mind your greens and
browns!" Please enjoy.
It's hard to say exactly why, but there are
definitely different colors for soft plastics than for other lure
types. Let me ask you, have you ever seen a transparent
watermelon seed crankbait? Ever see a translucent root beer
popper with green and copper flakes? An orange pumpkin
spinnerbait or buzzbait? A pale cinnamon pepper rubber skirted
jig with purple sparkles?
These colors hardly exist at all in other lure
types. Only soft plastics have shades of green and brown.
Collectively, these greens and browns catch more bass across the
country than any other colors of soft plastics.
Actually, that should come as no surprise. In
nature, most things are shades of green and brown. Vegetation,
terrain, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans,
insects, most bottom-dwelling fish, most lake bottoms, even our
beloved bass themselves are mostly green and brown. So, soft
plastics fit right into the landscape and the biomass.
That's not to say other soft plastic colors don't
catch fish. They sure do. I'm certain you'll agree that blacks,
purples, whites, and chartreuse are often reliable.
"Smoke" is a winner for those who have ever used it.
Smoke is yet another dichotomy. What I mean is, you can get a
smoke pepper soft plastic almost anywhere. But have you ever seen
a smoke pepper crankbait or lipped jerkbait? I have not. An
untapped market? Perhaps. From a manufacturing perspective, it's
a similar concept in either case. Raw plastics are brought to a
liquid state, injected into a mold and given time to cure. A soft
bait remains supple whereas a hard bait becomes brittle. So, why
aren't there any translucent watermelon seed crankbaits, any
see-through pumpkin pepper poppers? Why not smoke with black and
purple flake jerkbaits? No anodized watermelon or cinnamon
spinnerbait blades? Kind of makes you curious, eh?
INDEED! When it comes to catching on soft
plastics, the world is definitely a different color. Who knows
At Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits for example, over
half the 90 colors they make are greens, browns or smokes - 27
different color patterns of greens and browns and 20 smoke
You can catch an awful lot of fish on these
colors. As productive as they are, you can't get them in other
lure types! There's nothing else out there quite like them.
So, mind your P's and Q's, your greens and
browns. While you're at it, mind your smokes and beeswax too!