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Old 08-06-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Albacore lure color selection

Is there a rule of thumb on what color to troll based on weather and sea state? Is there a chart I can use?

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Old 08-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: Albacore lure color selection

A rule of thumb is use dark colors when it's cloudy, and light colors when it's sunny. But this is one of those rules that is only true about 60% of the time.

Good dark colors are purple/black or green/black

Good light colors are Mexican Flag or Zuchinni

If I had to pick one color for trolling lures (clone-type), it would be zucinni.

This thread may be helpful. http://www.ifish.net/board/showthrea...+trolling+lure
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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I like to used a cedar plug and a zucchini and also jerry clone
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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The color you have out is the one that will get bit. Honestly, it seems that fishing the right combination of speeds, depth, and dimension are the factors that really matter in getting bit. This is, of course, as long as you're fishing where there are fish! I haven't seen any remarkable pattern in what colors work when (with tuna).
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: Albacore lure color selection

Troll multiple colors and switch out to what they are liking is the only way you will know. Wish there was a magic wand to let us know what color, but there isn't.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Black/Purple will show up the best, on sunny or dark days. I like Black/Purple spreader bars, Black/Purple Cedar Plugs, and on dark days I like the Black/Purple X-Raps.



Except... On bright days I like the YFT X-Raps. And, my top "Clone" is a 4" Sumo zucchini, which I also use as a chase bait behind my spreader bars.



And, my favorite color swim bait is Channel Island Chovie



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Old 08-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #7
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I don't go by the rule of thumb. I go by what is hitting that particular day. I run six rods with a verity of lures. When one starts getting hit consistently I take the ones out that haven't hooked up and add the lure that is picking up fish.

On Friday we started out with two swim baits two plugs a xrap and a daisy chain. Pulled The two plugs and added two more swim baits because that's what was picking up most of the fish. Ended the day with 26 fish and a spread of 4 swim bait a xrap and a daisy chain.

What hits fish one day may not work the next so you have to be willing to change it up to give the fish what THEY want.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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The color you have out is the one that will get bit.
And, the obvious corollary (sp?) to that is, "The color you don't have out will NOT get bit."

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #9
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The problem with the logic of switching to the color that is catching fish if it is based on one rod is the confounding factors of position in the spread or the way that particular lure fishes. The other day for me it was the outside starboard line irrespective of color or lure type. I find blue and white to consistently catch fish, but I worry a lot more about trolling speed and spread configuration than color. I do, however, get a kick from the radio chatter about what is the "hot" color getting bit. From the 2 or 3 chatty Cathy's that dominate 78 it goes from pink to green and white to natural cedar's over the course of an hour... Maybe I'm just lazy, but a lure in the water catches more fish than the one getting changed Avery time the ite slows down.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:03 PM   #10
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Dark and light patterns with black and purple most of the time.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #11
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:44 PM   #12
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Like others I like black/purple and plain cedar; tried and true for albacore. I've not found that dark colors for dark days to be true. Frequently the black/purple works on bright days etc. If I have 6 rods out I'll have 2 black/purple skirts, 2 plain cedar plugs, and maybe one chartreuse and one pink skirt and then watch for strike patterns. Actually what I see as pattern more often than the color of the lure is the location; i.e. the ones on the outside get hit vs the ones that are farther back.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:22 PM   #13
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Default Re: Albacore lure color selection

I agree that seems position is more important and color is not as important most times but it is hard not change to what's working. I would add root beer zuker to the list.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:29 PM   #14
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Notice the color on this one.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #15
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Hey Buddy,
I have only beentuna fishing for about 4-5 years so maybe I am not the guy to ask. But, Ihave been doing well. Anyway, that is a good question and I have really tried to figure out the color equation for trolling clones and feathers. I CAN"T!!! I may have caught more fish on pink/white last week but I am really splitting hairs. I agree 100% with PharmDoc. For trolling, Iam convinced it is your boat and how it goes over the water and postioning of your gear. I have found that whenIam marking tuna deep that I don't change my rigs' positions but my back rods will be the one's hit and visa/versa when they are feeding on the top. But for color, just get them out there. It still makes me laugh when I am out there trying to figure out color yet my unpainted cedar plug gets hit. That make sme throw up my arms for color. Good luck out there.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:10 AM   #16
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And, the obvious corollary (sp?) to that is, "The color you don't have out will NOT get bit."

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Old 08-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #17
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Default Re: Albacore lure color selection

With the exception of blue & near blue, albacore can't see (sense) specific colors.

What you are really doing by changing colors is affecting the contrast (how does it show up in the given ambient light conditions).

So if you are trolling in pitch-black or grey light, a black lure on the surface will stand out (contrast) better than anything else.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:46 PM   #18
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Default Re: Albacore lure color selection

Last Friday, the 2nd, sky was overcast most of day at Corners, yet most successful clone was silver/white followed by light green/white, both on outside corners of spread--16 of our 22 fish were hooked by those rods.
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