Summer Greens and Browns
do all these recent tournament winners have in common?
June 26,1999 - Lake St. Clair, MI - Pete Thliveros, a
well-known pro from Jacksonville, Florida, wins the Forrest Wood
Open on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, held on Lake St Clair.
Thliveros reporting winning with a Zoom tube
(green/pumpkin) fished in 12 feet of water.
June 23-25,1999 - Kentucky Lake, TN - Rickie Harp,
from Cottondale, Alabama wins the B.A.S.S. National Federation
Southern Divisional on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee. Harp reports
he spent three days flipping jigs into man-made crappie stake
beds. The winning combo is a 1/4 ounce Pro Vibe jig
(green/pumpkin) sweetened with a Zoom Super Chunk (green/pumpkin)
June 19, 1999- Mississippi River - Mike Baldwin, from
Mohave Valley, Arizona, wins Operation Bass' 16th annual Red Man
All-American Bass Fishing Championship held on the Mississippi
River. Baldwin is reported as jigging up his catch off a rock
pile. He used a 1/4 ounce Yamamoto Hula Grub, a skirted twin tail
spider jig (watermelon/red flake).
June 12, 1999 - Kentucky River, KY - The team of
Kinney Noe and Ronnie Graves win the Fisher's of Men Kentucky
Division. Noe reports the pattern for success was to fish watermelon-colored
worms and craws in submerged treetops.
All these anglers were fishing soft plastics in early summer
shades of browns and greens. This is a phenomena I have observed
in my own fishing for many years now, and extends right through
the end of summer in August.
When the days are at their longest, brown and green lures are
at their best for bass. I start relying on darker-colored
watermelon pepper/red flake lures in late June, and I phase into
lighter-colored translucent pumpkins with gold flake by early
July, and continue heavily with green and/or brown colors through
Doesn't matter what kind of bait either - single tail grub,
spider grub, worm, tube, crayfish, zipper, lizard, jig/chunk or
This "green and brown bait" pattern is reliable for
me year after year. I haven't figured out why this is so, but
several possible reasons may include:
1) Days are longer now. So there
is more light, causing underwater critters to lighten up their
2) Any lingering effects of spring rains and
run-off have ended now, leading to lighter-colored
waters with better visibility, therefore less need for dark,
3) It's a veritable "green scene" right
now with all the aquatic veggies at the peak of
bloom. Therefore, most critters that hide in the water weeds
should take on a greener hue now than at any other time of the
Don't believe it? Try it yourself and see! Or better yet,
trick your partner into trying it! And if he starts whipping your
butt with greens and browns, don't ask questions...just do the
green and brown scene this summer!