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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Recommended Lures:

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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James Foster
1 day ago

Great reminders as always, Tony!

Daniel Fuentes
2 days ago

How about a glow in the dark prawns

Ron Rudolph
3 days ago

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

Tom Annunziata
3 days ago

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

Poul Host-Madsen
3 days ago

Great tip thank you

Larry Banach
3 days ago

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

Dennis Kelly
3 days ago

Definitely something to think about.

David Dunnam
3 days ago

Great tip. I’ve never thought of this before. Thanks

3 days ago

Good info as usual.Whenever I am catching fish on whatever tide and then the tide changes and the fishing slows down I change jig colors or go home.

William Ripa
3 days ago



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