Gonna hit four things here.
1. You’ve probably heard the well-known saying in the fishing biz, that baits are made to “catch fishermen, not fish.” In other words, if it doesn’t catch your eye in the store, you’re not bringing it home, regardless of whether it catches ‘em or not.
2. Bearing that in mind, switching gears now to Mike Iaconelli’s new “Ike’s Custom Ink” Rapala crankbaits. Ike says in the below vid that he tried to hit three things with the colors: muted/sun-faded colors, a pearlescent finish to mimic scales, and glitter for light refraction.
3. Check this quote from D. Keith Jones of Berkley’s research labs on bass vision: “The sharpness of their vision is only 10 percent of ours. When they look at an object, they don’t see nearly the detail we do.”
4. KVD quote: “One of the first things I’ll do when I practice for a tournament is I’ll try to find what the bass are feeding on. I’ll pay attention to the bait’s coloration, its size and how it’s moving, and I’ll try to imitate it.”
So if we’re talking colors, all of this would seem to mean the following:
a) Crankbaits in more-natural colors with bands of color that a bass’ crappy vision can perceive would seem to be more important than uber-realistic busy colors. So buy those?
b) You’d think that should be doubly true when it comes to moving baits like crankbaits. I mean, soft-plastic colors ain’t exactly ultra-realistic plus they usually get fished slower…and work fine.
c) Maybe the realer-than-real Japanese hard-bait finishes catch fishermen and the action of the baits catches fish?
d) KVD has said that about matching the hatch more than once. So since we all know that most of the time bass supposedly strike a bait out of “reaction” more than feeding, and we also know that KVD is one of the masters of getting bass to bite, seems once again that nature-mimicking baits (colors) seem to be key.
e) Ike seems to be on the right track with his crankbaits. I mean – duh, he’s a pro fisherman, but seems like the science and what KVD says back up his approach. I’m also assuming Ike could’ve had ultra-realistic finishes on those baits if he wanted.
> The Jones and KVD quotes are from this article on kansascity.com.