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Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton

Crazy Color Lures

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: “Every fisherman’s looking for a different lure that the bass have never seen before, with a color that’s never been introduced into the bass’s environment and that will make bass bite. I’ve figured out how to give bass those unique colors and lures,” Chad Pinkerton of St. Cloud, Florida, a tournament angler and a bass-fishing guide at Disney World, says. Pinkerton’s so addicted to fishing that he says, “I can’t go anywhere without a bag of Spike-It soft-plastic lures in my pocket. I’ve even sat in church, pulled out a plastic worm or a jerkbait, taken my knife and started carving designs in the lure while the preacher’s preaching. Sometimes I feel like the Lord’s speaking to me about how to make a unique bait, and I just have to try it.”

Question: Chad, how are you getting colors on your lures that the bass have never seen before?
Pinkerton: I use the Spike-It dyes to produce colors that you can’t buy. I get a paint jug and dump four or five different color Spike-It dyes into that jug. Then, I’ll dip a white Spike-It worm, fluke, lizard or tube in that color, and whatever color comes out, is the color I’ll fish. Sometimes I get wild purples, pinks and all kinds of crazy colors. The last worms that I dyed, I used six-different colors, including chartreuse, red, a little bit of lime, black, blue and a small amount of pink. When I took the worms out of the dye, I hadClick to enlarge a worm color that nobody’s got. When I mix dark colors together, I get dark worms. When I mix light colors, I get light-colored worms. I like to pick my colors of dye and mix them to produce an odd-colored worm, jig, tube, jerkbait or lizard that’s unlike anything the bass has ever seen before.

Question: What’s your favorite worm to dye?
Pinkerton: I like Spike-It’s white worm because I like solid colors when I create my own special worms. When I go fishing, I carry a sandwich bag with 200-different-colored worms that I know the bass have never seen before. When I go to a tournament and my fishing partner sees all those crazy-colored worms, he figures out pretty quickly what I’m doing.

Question: How do you decide what color you’ll fish?
Pinkerton: I don’t even look at the worm. I just reach in the bag, get a crazy color and start fishing it.

Question: Are you using these crazy colors in the tournament?
Pinkerton: I start reaching in my bag and using various colors when I’m practicing for a tournament. The bass will eliminate the colors they don’t like, and they’ll key in on one of those crazy colors that they Click to enlargedo like. I know what I’ve mixed to get each color of worm, so once I see the color that the bass want to hit, I’ve got another sandwich bag with that colored worm to fish during the tournament.

Question: How many colors do you mix at one time?
Pinkerton: I’ll mix as few as two Spike-It colors together and as many as six.

Question: What’s an example of some of the colors you’re mixing?
Pinkerton: I developed a color that’s a real-bright, almost-fluorescent orange. I’ve found that the bass won’t leave it alone. Nobody fishes a bright-orange worm, and I believe that’s one reason that color’s so effective.

Question: How did you get that color?
Pinkerton: I mixed some red Spike-It dye with chartreuse dye, and then I put a little bit of hot pink in it, which gave me the dark orange that I wanted.

Question: So you’re like an artist, but instead of using a palette and oil-based paints, you’re mixing Spike-It dyes to produce unique colors for white Spike-It lures. Is that right?
Pinkerton: Yes, that’s what I’m doing. Every time I mix a color, I write down the exact measurements that I use to produce that color. I dip my soft plastics into that color, and when I take them out, I put them in a Ziploc bag and sprinkle table salt over them.

Question: How are you getting the soft plastics out of the dye?
Pinkerton: I use tweezers to take them out of the dye and put them in a Ziploc bag, and then I salt them when the bag’s full of baits. Click to enlarge

Question: What are some colors you’ve mixed that you’ve really been surprised that the bass have hit?
Pinkerton: I guess that screaming-orange color has surprised me the most. I’ve got another color that I mix that I call Nightmare, which is kind of purple with black in it. It’s really a nice color, and I catch a lot of bass on it when I’m flipping that color into grass mats. To get that color, I mix plenty of blue and red. Then, I add a little neutralizer, which is kind of a clear coat that gives it a shinier look.

Question: Do you think that because you’re mixing crazy colors, you’re catching more big bass than other people do?
Pinkerton: Yes, I really do. I think the time I spend at night dying unique baits, pays off for me when I’m fishing tournaments or guiding clients at Disney World.

Question: How are you measuring your dyes?
Pinkerton: I use a one-cup measuring cup. The Spike-It dyes allow me to have my own taste in colors for fishing and unique baits unlike anyone else has.

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Tomorrow: Fire Tiger Jerkbait

Check back each day this week for more about "Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton"

Day 1: Crazy Color Lures
Day 2: Fire Tiger Jerkbait
Day 3: The Fire Tiger Tube
Day 4: The Spike-O
Day 5: Ribbontail Worm


Entry 368, Day 1