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    Posted: 18 May 2019 at 7:37pm
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I’ve been getting asked a lot lately if Black soft plastics work so during the week I set out to conduct a short fishing challenge using only black soft plastics and had great results
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We fished in a small runabout boat during high tide. Using only 5cm pro grubs in UV black with 1/8 jig heads we set ourselves 90 minutes to catch as many pinkies as we could. We caught plenty of pinkies and a couple of flatties.
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Hmmm, I doubt I'll be trying those


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That is racist Smudge LOL
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Originally posted by Muppet Muppet wrote:

That is racist Smudge LOL

Actually the first time I used soft plastic type baits was in the late 80's or early 90's. I used some black worm type Mr Twisters that had a curly tail on them. I caught 2 or 3 gurnard on my 15kg stump puller rod. Actually it was a Penn 8500SS and Jellytip jigspin rod. a great shallow water set for gurnard Big smile


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LOLFFS, if you enjoyed that it's time to get a new hobby.
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Reckon a white one would be a better bet.LOLLOL
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One memorable day, my fishing buddy outfished me 4:1 with black inchiku while I cycled through orange, green and blue and got increasingly frustrated.

Black is an important colour in the trout fisherman’s fly box and in other forms of lure fishing, so why not snapper?


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Originally posted by MightyBoosh MightyBoosh wrote:



Black is an important colour in the trout fisherman’s fly box and in other forms of lure fishing, so why not snapper?

good point Boosh


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But softies and jigs are usually on or near the bottom, trout lures/flies are mid to top water. If it works though ...


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with trout was said,dark day or night use a dark lure. bright day a light colour lure.
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I tie my own flashers. $2 shop feathers some flasher material of all colours. On ledger stray line and long line.
Sort of a very basic angry fish snood.
In shallow water dark browns and even black proved to be rather a surprise result.
I tried this after a angry fish program ages ago where he was going to very dark browns and blacks as primary colour.

I have really wondered for a long time now, how much of fishing lures marketing (like children's toys and books) isabout presentation on the shelf to be attractive to sell rather than actually catch fish

I have never fly fished.. But look at those Flys.. Made to look like an often camo insect. And not very neatly finished like a dropper flasher lure.

Dark/black in shallow water is like a shadow that stands out from the background.

A dark soft bait thrown out into boil up, from underneath becomes a distinct shape against the sun (even over casr) above.

Anyway that's my take on many yrs of tieing flasher /feather lures mostly for strayline
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The gulp vader is a great soft bait 
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I remember a commercial tuna lure fisher who used to target albies saying they had more stripies on their black lure than on any other.
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I fished a black Docan slider in 60m the other day and absolutely slayed it. So shallow water blah blah is all out the window as far as I'm concerned, fish are happy to whack a black lure. Especially when it looks a bit like an octopus.
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Good point, I agree
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I towed a 6inch slim total black bibbed hard body lure in the tropics most weekends for years and often it was the biggest producer particularly tuna - long tail tuna would only go for that lure. I used it as short gun behind the larger qantas, mackerel and orange lures.

But the locals did ok in dug out boats towing condoms stretched out behind their hooks...
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black jigs work for kingies too

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