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Updated: 04/03/2014 08:00:01AM

Bass, bait and water clarity

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By Greg Bartz

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Some anglers say that bass can’t determine color. Others say that color means the world, and understanding this can definitely increase the number of strikes you get. While there are some cases where dark versus light colors can be applied, let’s look at taking it to the next level, and by that, I mean really getting serious about your bait color selection.

Let’s take a look at the factors that can impact bait color. Water clarity is a huge factor. The dirtier the water is, the less color will show. Another factor is the light. The light you have that day, meaning direct light from the sun, can also play a huge role in whether or not color can be seen. If you combine these two factors, you just might come up with a day to stay on the couch and watch the game — or someone else catching fish on one of the many fishing shows on TV. But water clarity and light are the two biggest factors in determining the color of the bait you should use.

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