I just sent some more out for custom painting. I should have them back soon. I been buying up the discounted Northern Pike and Muskie lures to have them painted in my favorite Bass colors. I have had experiences were the bigger hogs won't strike the smaller sized baits. I been getting all my topwater stuff custom painted. Next i'm going to get all my older crankbaits custom painted too. With the high cost of the new stuff with the fancy paint jobs its cheaper to send my stuff to http://www.tclarkcustomlures.com
to get them repainted. The only thing is they look so awesome i hate to use them now. But i will in the spring.
Things that i have noticed about lure size and color while fishing;
I was using a Mepps #3 silver blade w/ brown buck tail and was getting strike after strike when all of a sudden the bite stopped. I switched to a larger #4 mepps in the same color and caught a bigger bass that came in to see what the frenzy was all about but she won't hit the smaller baits.
Another time in the late afternoon i was using a Joesfly's new 1/4oz bass lures. I was using the blackgnat (silver blade / black tail). I was catching fish after fish and the bite was on. As it got darker the bite stopped. I switched to a joesfly 1/4oz in a firetiger apache and pulled out a few more fish. This tells me when the light changed they couldn't see the silver/black lure. Its funny every article we read about fishing in the dark it says to use black colors. I'm fishing when the light changes from late afternoon to dusk to dark. I'm learing at this low light time to use a firetiger or bright colors with my lures.
I been also testing the antique Combo "C" Lector when i can too. It tells the waters PH, the Temp and it picks a combination of lure colors to try for that moment that the fish can see. Dr. Loren Hill of Ok university developed it and it took him ten years to do it. With the different hues in the water conditions there are colors that the fish can't sees at times. For me being a late commer to bass fishing it kind of gave me a head start on selecting lure colors. Plus on a tough day the selector really comes in handy. Kevin Vandam also uses one on a tough day of fishing.
Nothing beats the time we spend on the water for experience but i don't have a lot of time left.