What Is The Best Lure Color For Redfish? [Tests & Results!]


What is the best lure color for redfish?

In this series of tests and experiments, I will take two lures and put them in a head-to-head battle to see which catches more redfish.

Does lure color have a major impact on your success or is it all about lure profile?

Check it out!!

What Is The Best Lure Color For Redfish? [VIDEO]

Test #1

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Equipment Used:

This is the first edition of the Light VS. Dark lure test!

The size of the lures is the same as is the line, rod, reel, everything is the same!!

Except for the color of the TWO lures.

One is the Slam Shady and the other is the Gold Digger.

I made 3 casts with one lure then switched to the other and repeated this pattern throughout the trip.

Test #1 Results

It was a slow day and we can’t definitively say one color is better than the other.

However, we did learn that the Gold Digger BOMBER caught redfish in conditions it technically is not designed to be used in.

Darker lures are known for working well in low light conditions or even at night.

But even on a super clear day, it was able to hook into two solid redfish.

Presenting something out of the ordinary and slightly different from the rest is what set this lure apart on this trip.

Curious redfish will come over and take a swipe at it.

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This is just the first of a series of tests with these two lures as well as rattle experiments coming soon!!

When do you prefer to use darker-colored lures?

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Steve Woolf
1 year ago

Great test! The dark lure might be more effective due to the dark backdrop of the mangroves.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Woolf

Thanks Steve!

Harold Wilson
1 year ago

I love these test. Thanks for posting. I assume the gold digger had the greatest contrast.Looked like the water was somewhat murky. Hard to tell. Light colors reflect the water color. I would think the gold digger would win. Keep those test coming.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Harold Wilson

Thanks Harold! The surprise in this test was that the water was actually very clear… it just looked dark because I was fishing over dark bottom (seagrass).

Steven Free
1 year ago

Lately I have been catching reds and flounder here in Jacksonville FL with a gulp 4 inch black with red flakes and chartruese tail the color is called morning glory and if the water is really murky like after all the rain we have been having I put it on a zman gold bladed spinnerbait and even though it’s a gulp I still tip all my jigs and spinners with a small piece of shrimp scented fishbites always have and always will works for me👍😉

Steve Woolf
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Free

Great lure color!

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Free

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Steven!

Robert Keeler
1 year ago

I love the gold digger color just as love the copper and gold spoons. I believe that redfish get the pigments from there diet. It makes perfect since that redfish are keyed in on those colors. The slam shady looks gold in tannic water which I also love.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Keeler

Thanks for making time to post the comment Robert!

Dave Fitch
1 year ago

Won’t the “best color” vary, based on lighting, water color, and clarity 

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Fitch

Most likely… these tests will help show which colors work best in certain water clarities.

Mark Ethridge Ethridge
1 year ago

Great info Luke! Thanks for explaining why you are using 3/0 hooks on a 5 inch bait.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Mark!

1 year ago

Could not see how the lure was being retrieved

How were you retrieving the gold digger while casting under mangroves?

How were you retrieving the gold digger while on OUSTER bar?

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph

I was just doing a straight retrieve with an occasional pause for the oysters. The same for mangroves with the exception of letting it fall to the bottom when it lands under the mangroves.


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