What color of the jig works better?
Does fish recognize colors?
I guess this is an agenda that has never been clearly answered.
Study shows some fish recognizes colors and some don’t. Especially fish who habit in a shallow clear water recognize more colors.
What about those who habit in deep water? Some fish lost eyes. Some fish have developed big eyes to magnify the slightest light in the deep. It is also believed that fish wears red for invisibility because red light doesn’t penetrate the water.
The color available at the deep is so limited. Even if the fish senses the light, is the color important at all? Does fish sense the color we humans don’t see? Why does some organism in the deep ocean have such colorful body?
Some things we just don’t know.
Most jiggers believe that the color of the jig is not as important as the glow, and that they are far less important than the size and the movement of the jig.
Sato Sensei says little about colors too. He only says the glow has advantages in deep water. He also points out the predatory fish should be accustomed to zebra pattern because a lot of young fish has this pattern on the body.
My fellow jiggers and I think that the glow matters but the color doesn’t.
We usually fish in from 70m to 200m of water.
But the jig makers produce so many colors and patterns and you have to choose when you buy them. We choose silver, red, and pearl ones with glow patterns, because we think that’s probably what our targets are familiar with and not that it’s so important. When we don’t have to choose, we don’t care any colors.
There are also a lot of glow patterns as well. Zebra glow is definitely the standard pattern. All grow (plain flat glow) is very appealing profile. Ghost zebra glow (faint glow) is low profile.
Neither of them are good or bad. We just need to make different calls until we get contacts, believe that it is what the fish likes, either the actions, the speed, the size, or the color, and change something when we don’t get contacts. The color is a tiny factor of all the unlimited combinations, or not.
It just depends on what you believe.
Having varieties of colors is very important for the sales of jig making business and retail shops. Those experts would never say the colors don’t matter.
I personally believe that the eyesight is very auxiliary in the fish sensory system. We humans depend 80% on sights. We can’t project that to underwater creatures.
Fish has auditory sensor all along their body. They are all ears so to speak. Hearing should be their primary sensor. Water is such a medium that delivers sound waves so well, 4 times faster than the air, and a lot further in distance too. Some say the sound travels 1000km and further if given a good condition. It’s also known that the layers of water of different temperature or quality set up walls to bounce back the sound waves, which is why it’s important, when you fish, to target the depth where your fish is.
Have a look at dolphins. They used to be land mammals and have evolved to adopt to underwater life. They still have good eyesights. But their primary sense is hearing. They have developed the famous echolocation, active auditory sensory system. I tell you, the water is the world of sounds. Fish should hear their prey swimming and making turbulence.
Fish is said to be keen to smells too. Fish should smell or taste the current. Maybe that’s how they locate the school of fish. But the smell is slow to spread, and I don’t think it’s an appropriate sense for targeting individual prey.
My conclusion is that, at 50m or deeper water, fish locates, targets, and chases its prey mainly by sounds, and uses a help of vision for the last moment of the chase and the bite. The visual of the jig only needs to be something natural or familiar to them. Not too foreign to make them stop the chase. The color is just a part of the visual and I don’t know if it matters at all. At least, the color should not be the preference factor for the fish to decide to target the prey.
What do you think?