When it comes to soft plastic baits like worms and lizards, I’d be willing to bet that most anglers tend to limit their options to the following three popular color patterns: green pumpkin, watermelon, and black/blue. While these three colors produce results on the water, they’re not the only colors out there. For a change of pace, take a look at three under-used and effective color patterns you can try the next time your old standbys aren’t doing the trick. You might be surprised at how quickly they earn a permanent spot in your tackle box.

Bama Bug

Have you ever looked at two color patterns and wished there was a combination of the two? Bama Bug, an in-between of Junebug and green pumpkin—two popular patterns—serves as an effective hybrid. Typically green pumpkin on top and brown with purple flake on the bottom, Bama Bug burst to fame in 2006, where pro angler Brent Ehrler used a Netbait Finesse Worm in the Bama Bug pattern to win the FLW Championship. Since then, you can find the color in a variety of baits, from finesse worms to craws and creature baits. Use it in water that’s lightly stained.

Okeechobee Craw

Named after the renowned mecca of bass anglers, Lake Okeechobee in Florida, Okeechobee Craw is a blend of blue and watermelon, and bass absolutely can’t stand it—in the best way, of course. To see just how much they hate it, pitch a worm or creature bait to a likely fish-holding spot and prepare to get your arm broken. Anglers interested in checking out the famous bass fishing lake can visit this link for more information.

Baby Bass

Bass are among the most opportunistic predators on the water. Spend a fair amount of time in the fishing community and you’re likely to hear stories who’ve reeled in a big bass with another bass in its mouth. The white on the bottom, green on top Baby Bass pattern appeals to this nature. There’s just something about a wriggling, injured, baby bass that big bass can’t resist. More commonplace in fishing retailers, you’ll see this pattern in a variety of baits, including hard baits, but a worm, fluke, or swimbait in Baby Sass is deadly—especially in the months after the spawn.

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