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Old 10-27-2010, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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By Charles White

We have all fished with plastic worms and have our own favorite colors but more and more the most popular worms seems to be the "natural" colors.

According to the manufacturers they sell more worms in these colors:

Watermelon-can be used in clear or stained water either one.

Pumpkin-used in moderately clear to stained water.

Junebug-stained water but has been used successfully by some pros in clear water. One of my favorites.

Red Shad-Stained water worm, when I had my tackle store I sold more of these than any other color.

Tequila Sunrise-Stained to muddy water and also great for night fishing.

A decade ago the metallic worms were the fad but now more and more anglers seem to be switching to the natural colors. The manufacturers say black and purple colored worms are selling less and less. I personally have caught most of my bass on a purple color worm.

While the top 5 color worms sell more I still say use the color you have had the best luck with and have the confidence using fishing the water you fish. Of course, try other colors from time to time as they might do a better job catching bass for you in the water you're fishing but always have the "Old Standby" as your confidence color. When I want to make sure that I catch bass in a lake I always use a plastic worm as an "old standby".

Plastic worms have still won more B.A.S.S. Tournaments than all the other lures put together.

Charles E. White has fished 50 years for bass from California to Florida. In his lifetime, it is estimated that he has caught over 6,000 bass. His biggest bass is a 12 pound 14 ounce that hangs on his wall in his office. His tips and techniques have helped many people who have never fished for bass before become successful anglers.

He also has fished with the Pros in Florida.

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Best Colors for Plastic Worms

Plastic worms are probably the most common lure used for bass. They come in a bewildering array of colors. How do you choose?

Tom Mann changed the world of plastic worm color for me around 1970. Not only did his Jelly Worms come in lots of colors, they smelled nice. Although Mann sold millions of colored worms he is famous for saying "I will fish any color worm, as long as it is black." And Bill Dance, in his book "There He Is" says "Any color will work as long as it is blue."

What are the best worm colors? Everyone has their own preferences but here are mine:

* Black
I agree with Tom Mann - it is hard to go wrong with basic black. Black works well in all colors and clarity of water and looks like some favorite bass foods like leeches. When in doubt, I go to black.

* Green Pumpkin
Green pumpkin is another all-around color that works in any color water. It is a standard for lizards, finesse worms and other worms. Bass seem to love it and it looks natural in the water. Not sure what it looks like, but it sure does get hits from bass.

* Junebug
This dark purple color has green flakes in it to make it shine and it is especially good in clear water. I often use it rather than black when I want a little sparkle.

* Pumpkinseed
Pumpkinseed lizards from Zoom Bait Company took the fishing world by strom in the late 1980s and bass went wild over them for a while. That color is still great and was the basis for other colors like green pumpkin. The color was actually an accident in mixing colors but some fishermen got them and they worked great.

* Watermelon
Its hard to beat this clear green color in clear water. Although it blends in, bass find it easily. Adding some red glittler sometimes makes it even better. Glitter in worms can make a difference.

* Black Grape
This old color was my favorite for many years. A dark purple/blue color, it seemed to be a favorite for bass where I fished. I would use it most of the time back in the 1970s. I especially liked the old Creme Scoundrel Worm in this color.

* Blue
Bill Dance likes it so it has to be good, right? Basic blue is a good color in most water colors. Add a red tail and it really shines at times. A bright color tail on a worm, whether the worm comes that way or you dip it in dye, often makes the worm better.

You can often make a worm better by dipping it in a dye to make a bright tail or accents. Most dyes also give the worms a strong scent, which can help. I especially like JJ's Magic, a dip and dye that comes in different colors and adds a strong garlic scent.

Laminate worms are also good. These worms have one side one color and the other side a different color. My favorite is a NetBait T-Mac Worm in a color they call Bama Bug. It is green pumpkin on on side and Junebug on the other. I use it almost all the time on my jigheads now.


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Great post David,

I think most of us get too carried away with color and probably carry far too many different colors of soft plastics. I would not even hazard to guess how many different colors, or combinations of colors I have in just beaver and craw type baits. Then when fishing I end up only using one or two that I have conficence in, and all the rest just end up taking up space in my boat.

I would probably do much better just haveing a basic color selection and keeping it stocked, but I will go to the store, see a new color and say, wow I have to have that. Then never use it.

The basic colors you have listed, work, have worked, and will continue to work.

But you know, I always will remember those first fish i caught on a purple, blue or black manns jelly worm. Never left home without them.
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Junebug-stained water but has been used successfully by some pros in clear water. One of my favorites.

. The manufacturers say black and purple colored worms are selling less and less. I personally have caught most of my bass on a purple color worm.

* Junebug
This dark purple color has green flakes in it to make it shine and it is especially good in clear water. I often use it rather than black when I want a little sparkle.
Am I misreading this ( not understanding it correctly ? ) ?? Junebug is in the top 5 in sales but ' purple ' worms are selling less and less ??
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Junebug-stained water but has been used successfully by some pros in clear water. One of my favorites.

. The manufacturers say black and purple colored worms are selling less and less. I personally have caught most of my bass on a purple color worm.

* Junebug
This dark purple color has green flakes in it to make it shine and it is especially good in clear water. I often use it rather than black when I want a little sparkle.
Am I misreading this ( not understanding it correctly ? ) ?? Junebug is in the top 5 in sales but ' purple ' worms are selling less and less ??
My thinking would be since it has green flakes, it is not longer classified as a purple worm, but is now officially junebug color. Plain purple would be a color unto it self now, and any glitter or anything else added would make it no longer purple. Just guessing now!
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I'm with Mlsims, I normally throw only about 3 colors, watermelon, seeded or not, green pumpkin, seeded or not, & junebug. Dropshotting I get more adventuresom, I'll try baitfish colors, smoke, white, lite blue, or laminates. There is a reason most have gone to the "natural" colors, fishing pressure. With time it'll turn back.
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Great info here, I normally throw Green Pumpkin, Watermelon and some laminates and then there's always a Blue in the mix to. This doesn't mean I don't have other colors with me
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My three basic colors that I throw are Green Pumpkin, Watermelon & Black. Then I'll vary from them Like green pumpkin red or watermelon red even black blue.

Yes I have other colors when these aren't working. Just the three are my basic one I use most of the time.

Thanks for post that David_Cooksey had alot of info.
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I think I am the same as the mlsims...I have four extra large worm binders - each over flowing with senkos in lots of colors, some in all the brands they come in. I try to check out some of the colors during each trip but always go back to my confidence color which is rootbeer. I also have the same problem with my grubs ( 4 binders full)....confidence color in my grubs is summer craw ......course none of my colors are ever on the top 10 list so I have a harder time finding them.
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Back in the day it was the purple worm that blew this thing up. This situation (of buying all the colors) is the same thing in crankbaits. The hook more anglers than they do fish. If people think like I do (I consider myself an addictive person, or one with a collector type persona) if you buy a Rapala Shallow Shad Rap 5 in perch color and it is catching fish, wellllllll, you better get it in bluegill, fire tiger, shad, silver, blue, gold. Since my box holds 18 lures, I better get 18 different colors...after all, you never know which one you will need or which one they will be hitting on. Since I got the size 5, wellllllllll what if they want something bigger......then I can get the size 7, 8, and 9....do the math, that is 72 different lures I have ebayed and trimmed my self back enormously.

I caught myself doing something similar last year. Trolling boards with wally diver lures. If the fish are hitting the number 5 perch, I need to buy them in pairs so I can have one on each board....but I did better, caught them on sale for 1.99 and bought about 300 of them, sold the rest on ebay for a slight profit.

I think if we would figure it this way. Fill your backpack with all the lures you think you will need to carry in on that 2 mile hike back to your favorite spot. You will be surprised how many lures you can do without Now just carry these lures when you go fishing.
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Great post with interesting info!

Bodeen's experience is similar to mine. I used to buy any and all new colors to try out. But after being sidelined to bank walking a few years ago because of a drought, I found I coud get by with fewer colors. Now I find shades of green and Carolina Pumpkin are what I prefer. The Spring bite is different, though. These local bass will scarf up a methiolate , bubblegum or tomato red plastic quicker than Hawghunter can tell us about Pancho and the cockroaches.

Love this topic!
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