I decided to tweak some of my baits based upon the colors I see on some of the forage fish. My lake contains Inland Silver sides as a primary food source for the predators in this body of water. I haven't seen one over 4 inches, but there are 100's of 1000's of the little guys all over the lake. Bass can start putting these down at a very young age and I have seen very large fish willing to chase these earlier this spring.
I am obviously not an artist, and these colors are quite bright, but I did manage a few small bass and a gar off the swim bait and some sticks I colored. The bite was slow and I think I should have been a little more subtle with my customizing, but coloring is so much fun, it's easy to get carried away.
There were six other people fishing and everyone seemed to be struggling. I switched to a comfort color to gauge just how bad an effect my art work was playing in to this. Nothing, not a hit, hmmm? The other guys were using a lot of the same stuff, some of which I had given them and pretty much consisting of green pumpkin and watermelon base colors. I tried a culprit gumbo and didn't get any strikes till I started swimming it, and most of the strikes were coming up short. The sky was overcast, the water looked like it was carrying a bit of a bloom, and the sun was going down somewhere, hidden behind the clouds. Sometimes dark colors go a long way for me in these clearer lakes, and so I threw a stick in blue black and immediately took a hit, but they weren't holding on to these very well. I was saving back a few Stank X June gems for some darker water, but hoarding is not fishing, so I hooked one on. I did 8 little bass and broke off on a pig, but was happy to see her since I have had a hard time reaching the big girls after the spawn and with lower water levels. Well, sometimes you have to you leave your comfort zone to get bites again, and if these gray days continue, I may try some other dark water tactics. The Spike-It s pretty cool but I think I need to tone it down a bit, although I think my mods would work great on trout and reds.