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Old 08-20-2010, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im making a swimbait that mimics the Clear Lake threadfin shad. Is there a main color that compromises the top half of the shad? blue, green, lavender.. thanks
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I haven't seen any in three years so I can't remember. I caught in drop shotting one day. It was <3 inches long and had emerald green shoulders. Beautiful minnow, however I'm not sure it was a shad.



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Old 08-20-2010, 03:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I haven't seen any in three years so I can't remember. I caught in drop shotting one day. It was <3 inches long and had emerald green shoulders. Beautiful minnow, however I'm not sure it was a shad.
What Greg said...so maybe GHOST MINNOW is correct as its wha shad?


Does it really matter much? I have always done well with purples in clear lake (But I am a PURPLE FIEND on most lakes) the perris punisher, phantom purple etc... , as well as the sexy shad colors so lavendar back would be my personal preference...but really if its white and sparkly they will probably eat it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We havent seen much shad in the last couple years but they are around.The ones ive caught have more of an olive green to black back.The main baitfish out there right now is the Mississippi silverside and they are starting to show in massive schools.They have a bright chrome stripe on the side .
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The color of the water will change the appearance of the bait as well. I think one of the most important appearance items is contrast. Give it a good contrast from top to bottom.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Google ThreadFin there are some good pics .
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It's been my experience that threadfin shad stay the same color and don't change from lake to lake. How they appear to the human eye underwater or various water clarity isn't important, it's how the bass see them and react that counts.
Threadfin are highly irridescent silver with blue/purple/charteuse highlights to reflect as much sunlight as possible to make the school look larger than life, confusing predators like bass.
Mimic the natural shad colors and you should be OK. If Clear Lake is predominately silver sides; light gray back and irridescent silver would be my choice.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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We havent seen much shad in the last couple years but they are around.The ones ive caught have more of an olive green to black back.The main baitfish out there right now is the Mississippi silverside and they are starting to show in massive schools.They have a bright chrome stripe on the side .
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Google Thread Fin there are some good pics .


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Thanks guy i appreciate the input.
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