How You Can Choose Lure Color Based On The Tide Cycle


Believe it or not, you can choose your lure color based on the tide!!

We are constantly asked about lure colors and when you should use what color, however, there are endless answers to these questions.

In the video below, we’ll go over my thought process and I’ll simplify lure color selection for you using the tide cycle.

Check it out!!

Lure Color Based On The Tide [VIDEO]

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I like to break it down into the incoming tide and outgoing tide.

During incoming tide, the new, clean ocean water comes in creating better water clarity.

And then on the outgoing tide, all of that water is pushed up onto mud and marshes to then get sucked out along with contaminants and debris.

Which makes for darker-colored water.

On the incoming tide with cleaner water, I like to throw something more natural like the Slam Shady 2.0 paddletail.

This lure excels on incoming tides.

Then once the tide changes over and the water becomes murkier, that is when I’ll switch over to the Gold Digger Paddletail.

Gold Digger is a flat-out phenomenal color in dirty, murky water.

It is a black lure with some gold flake to form a silhouette of a baitfish.

This is one way you can simplify changing lure colors.

Another thing to note is that I will almost always drastically change the colors of the lures I’m throwing.

Slam Shady versus Gold Digger are two completely different color lures.

A lot of times that drastic change will help reveal things about the fish’s behavior that day so then you can fine-tune which color is working to stick with that for the rest of the trip.

Rigs & Outfits

  • Slam Shady 2.0 Setup

I prefer to rig up the Slam Shady 2.0 paddletail on the 3/0 Hoss Helix Hook 1/8 oz.

This has a super wide hook gap compared to other weighted weedless hooks and I’ve been having great luck with it lately.

As far as the rod I was using, I went with the Fitzgerald 7’2 Medium Aqua Dream Series.

This rod is exceptional for fishing with artificial lures, especially lightweight lures.

I like to pair that with the Daiwa BG MQ spooled with 10lb PowerPro Braid.

  • Gold Digger Setup

I rig up the Gold Digger paddletail on a 1/4 oz. Z-Man Trout Eye Jighead.

The reason I bumped up to a 1/4 oz. jighead is because as the tide changed to move out, the current speed picked up with it.

So I ended up using a heavier jighead with the TFO Professional 7’6 Medium Spinning Rod.

However, the medium TFO rod is slightly heavier than what you would normally classify as a medium rod.

This is what makes this rod a perfect match to the added weight of the Trout Eye Jighead.

Again, I have the Daiwa BG MQ on this outfit with 10lb PowerPro Braid as well.


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Don’t overcomplicate things if you don’t have to.

Your lure color can be decided by something as simple as the tides and which direction the current is flowing.

Be sure to take account of the tide cycle and water clarity to determine your lure color choice!

Do you have any more questions about choosing lure color based on the tide?

Let me know if you use a tactic like this on your fishing trips right now!!

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11 months ago

Great advice with limited real-estate on a kayak! Question….I purchased a pack of 4 OT
hooks 1/8 oz weighted hooks. Will they work in place of the 3OT? Thanks

Neal Walker
1 year ago

Great video. I almost always start out with the slam shady, then I’ll throw Fred, and finally the gold digger. All 3 have been very effective in my area of Georgia (Darien, Brunswick, Jekyll Island)

Rick Daniel
1 year ago

Great info on the reasoning behind color selection! Also, doing a good job on promoting your products! 😊

Tim Groner
1 year ago

Thanks Richard; used to be a strictly mono man. This leader thing has been an adjustment. Used to keep empty spools to reverse the line when things got sketchy.

Tim Groner
1 year ago

So follow up on the leader question. Blood Knot connection, how long and snap swivel or naked? Too long a leader for me is a royal pain.

greg lanier
1 year ago

Great video Richard keep up the good work 👍

Daniel Lincoln
1 year ago

What’s your opinion on lure color for night fishing under lights? And would that change if there were no lights?

Tim Groner
1 year ago

Are you and if so; what are you using for leader and how long?

Steven Free
1 year ago

Huh never thought of that but it does make perfect sence thanks for the great tip and all you do😉

Joel Panian
1 year ago

Great video as always, Richard!

What kind of net is that?


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