How To Choose Lure Color Based On Tides

Are there any methods to choose lure color based on tides?

What conditions and other factors should you base your choice on?

Find out more in the video below!!

How To Choose Lure Color Based On Tides [VIDEO]

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Incoming Tide:

Outgoing Tide:

Most anglers don’t think of choosing lure colors this way.

Traditional thinking suggests going by the water clarity.

But you will notice that when the tides change or conditions shift, the water clarity is going to change as well.

The color lure you’re throwing at the time of a tide shift should also change.

I like to split the colors I use into incoming tide lure colors and outgoing tide lure colors.

Incoming Tide

You’re going to want to fish with natural, subtle colors on an incoming tide.

Lures like our Natural Power Prawn USA, Slam Shady Mulligan, and F.R.E.D. Paddletail are top choices.

The Slam Shady color is absolutely ideal when fishing in clear water situations.

It will also work well in other water conditions because it is a white color that matches most baitfish.

The F.R.E.D. lure color is pink but looks more like the Slam Shady when fished in clean water.

These lure colors excel when that clean water is brought in by the tide from the ocean during an incoming tide.

Outgoing Tide

During outgoing tide, all the water is flushed out of bays, rivers, and creeks that often stirs up the muddy bottom and carries that out with the tide.

Darker lure colors are the way to go during an outgoing tide.

That is not to say every outgoing tide will always carry out muddy water, be sure to keep an eye on the water clarity.

If the tide changes and the water stays clean, then stick with the lighter lure colors.

If you notice a change in water clarity, then that is when you should switch over to darker lure colors.

The Gold Digger 2.0 Paddletail, Gold Digger BOMBER, and Alabama Leprechaun Mulligan are ideal choices.

Our Gold Digger lure is one of my favorite colors to fish with during the day because gold requires less light to flash in the water.

I prefer to use the Alabama Leprechaun lure color when the water is sort of in between murky and clear.

This lure color also excels in grassy areas.

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John Taylor
8 months ago

Great info, I went into my local tackle store though and was overwhelmed with pinks, greens, reflecting and transparent options. Besides the two general color’s mentioned in the article (natural/ dark) how do you sort through the litany of options? Is there a “better” option? How much of the color selection is personal/ gimmick? Do these general color guidelines apply to hard and soft lures? Does the time of day affect color choice?

Sorry for all the questions, thanks for the tips

Tim Thomas
10 months ago

Thank you.

Debra Fox
10 months ago

Ok, I’ve been following you guys and decided to give this theory a try. When I shared with my friends they just laughed
One rod rigged light and 1 chartreuse and another with a dark color. I took the dark color off. The only one getting the hits in the dark creek were the light colors. Caught 2 large trout, many undersized trout, 2 drum, 1 ray. My friend caught a 40″ red drum off a 4″ chartreuse paddle tail. I use to have darker lures I liked but switched last year. IDK…m

Last edited 10 months ago by Debra Fox
Eduardo Ramos
10 months ago

Great information on what color to use .

James A. Foster Foster
10 months ago

Great reminders as always, Tony!

Daniel Fuentes
10 months ago

How about a glow in the dark prawns

Ron Rudolph
10 months ago

Spearfishing in Crystal River the outgoing tide cleared the visibility. but I hadn’t thought of changing bait colors while fishing.

Tom Annunziata
10 months ago

Thanks for the information on tide and color. I never would have thought about it

Poul Host-Madsen
10 months ago

Great tip thank you

10 months ago

Good reminders Tony. That’s a different way to think about lure colors!


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