The Absence of Color

Mike Iaconelli
Mike Iaconelli

Have you ever wondered why so many bass fall for a black or black and blue jig? I have, and I think I know why.

Black, along with black and blue, is really the absence of color. It’s nothing more than a shape or a silhouette to the fish that’s looking at it. They really don’t see much of anything when it comes to color. At the same time, though, they see everything. The silhouette gives them what they need to aim and to time their attack.

I also think that a part of the attraction is that almost every kind of primary forage in the water has some black or some blue in it. I see it in everything I clean out of my livewell. So, while there’s an absence of color there’s also something natural about it.

Rapala Ike's Custom Ink DT Series Crankbaits
Rapala Ike’s Custom Ink DT Series Crankbaits

Because of those two factors either one is good anywhere, but especially in muddy or heavily stained water and in perfectly clear water. I’ve caught bass all over this country on black or on black and blue lures. I can tell you without any hesitation that it’s one of my go-to colors when my back is up against the wall.

Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Crankbait - Ike's Bruised
Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Crankbait – Ike’s Bruised

But there’s one other part to this blog, and it’s important. In the very beginning I mentioned black and blue jigs. I did that because everyone knows about them. But I’m here to tell you that black or black and blue everything will work. I have topwater baits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, vibrating jigs and everything else in those two colors when I’m serious about catching bass, and that’s always.

Molix Lover Spinnerbait
Molix Lover Spinnerbait

In fact, one of my favorite Ike’s Custom Ink colors in our Rapala DT Series of crankbaits is black and blue. It’s called Ike’s bruised.

So, as this year moves along think about the absence of color when it comes to color. And, if you can’t find your favorite lure in black or black and blue, remember that there’s always quick drying enamel or my old standby — cheap fingernail polish.




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