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    Understanding Crawfish Color
from jharp1911 (  
12/8/2004 3:25:00 PM


 In this months Bassmaster magazine pg 53, they discuss crawfish color in correlation to the moon phase. I know that alot of you guys like to pitch the jig, has this been your experience? please feel free to elaborate!

The article reads,
3 to 4 days before and after a full moon, throw a brown and orange, or olive and orange jig. As the moon gets farther past full, opt for a black and red. On dark, new moon nights, go with dark brown and black. As the new moon graduates to a sickle moon, black and blue is the hot color.
Has this been your experience?

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   generally no from bassguy (  12/8/2004 4:13:00 PM
 I have found that every lake is diffrent, well kinda. The pattern up here varies from season to season. Mainly the craws are close to a 176 (yamamoto color). I will throw something in that color or close. untill i see dirrent


   Similiar from poe  12/8/2004 6:01:00 PM
 I'm not quite that precise in my colors but I do pitch/flip brown or brown/orange during the full and new moon phases when the craws molt. In between phases I vary from greens to browns and like blk/blue also. Seldom have less than 3 rods in the boat with jigs tied on. Colors will vary during moon phases.

My name is Brian and I'm a believer. *hic

   Crawfish colors from LaCajuninNC (  12/8/2004 6:13:00 PM
 Crawfish colors vary in different parts of the country, like in Louisiana/and the south..early spring they are really small and have a green-grayish color then they turn darker as the water warms by late spring they turn a deep red and some turn black or a really dark green/gray.Generally the colors are a little different depending if they come from the swamp or the lake. If you are looking for colors in your area, take a minnow trap and get a piece of any meat (balona, chicken etc)and put it in the area you will be fishing a few days before you fish it (rip rap ia a magnet for crawfish)..When you check it you will know the exact size and color to match. It works, especially if they are feeding on them at the time. GL James

   call me stuck in the mud... from brokeneye  12/8/2004 7:50:00 PM
 but i primarily throw black/blue year round and get bit just about as well in one phase as another...it never seems to fail.

   crawfish color from Red Cobra (  12/9/2004 7:44:00 AM
 Here on Toledo Bend this time of year on bridge rip-rap the craws are an olive/grayish blue haze. Hard to match color!!

   craw color & moon from Ralph Manns  12/9/2004 10:26:00 AM
 Individual crayfish species have different colors and most change color with respect to backgrounds. I know of no study of crayfish that found they specifically change color with moon phase. There is a possibility that some molt with moon phase and molting may change, lighten color, but molting crayfish hide while vulnerable and are seldom seen by bass out in the open.

   Are crawfish less likely to molt from ParDner (  12/9/2004 10:53:00 AM
  less likely to molt or not molt as often in the winter months or in cold or deeper water?

   crayfish molting from Ralph Manns  12/9/2004 10:23:00 PM
 I'm not a crayfish expert. But, molting is the result of heavy feeding and preparation to grow. Once a crayfish fills its shell and is ready to grow, it has to shuck the shell and build another to get larger. Growth is usually greater in warmer water so,logically, molting should be less frequent in deep water and food-poor months.

   I kinda had that same feeling Ralph. from ParDner (  12/10/2004 9:10:00 AM

If such is so then, crawfish with hard shells for a longer period of time might reflect that theses little cold water period, deep water crawlers would not be as attractive to preditors as some other softer baits. But then, if they are hungrey enough and an easy enough offering just happens by, they will eat it. I think if we all could determine when crawdads migrate deeper in the late fall, and then again when they come up out of the deep in the spring, we could capitalize on a crawdad bite for those periods of time.

   Soft-shell Craws from Ralph Manns  12/11/2004 2:02:00 PM
 Although soft-shell crayfish have long been touted as live bait, almost all of the crayfish that bass catch and eat are in the hard-shell life stage. While molting, the soft shelled critters hide, do not eat, make few noises,and are locatable only by predators like men who understand and turn-over rocks and other cover objects. Bass aren't that smart.

   jig advice from Jason (  12/18/2004 4:21:00 AM
 I firmly believe that the difference maker with a jig is using a green plastic twin tailed grub trailer. Green is the color of baby crawdads. Try using a brown & orange color jig with a watermelon yamamoto trailer. The orange/brown/green combination is the right ingredient to kick some serious butt with a jig. I've caught more and bigger fish with this combo. Good fishing



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