When other anglers are catching fish using different lures to those you would normally use, then there is no dispute, you change if you want to catch fish. There is no argument that prevails against success.

I found myself on the "Our Joel", a charter boat skippered by Simon Pedley (01 803 551 504) out of Paignton in South Devon drifting a wreck late one evening for bass. The lure the bass wanted was a small orange Redgill/Eddystone or a baby orange jelly lure to the exclusion of all other, more realistically imitative colours. Like me, you too would swallow your pride and rummage in the bottom of your tackle bag for an orange lure, hoping like heck that you have one!

Rigged on a fine wire boom to a ten foot leader with little more than a three ounce sinker in the shallowish water, the rig was lowered to the bottom well uptide of the wreck so that the lure fished its way along the bottom till the Skipper told us that the wreck was on the sounder. It was then that the moment of truth arrived, because the fish were hanging in the faster water behind the wreck.

Reeling ten or more turns to lift the rig above the tangle of scrap metal that attracted the fish, the little lures were fished right into the cloud of fish showing on the sounder screen. Not a bite every drift but often enough to give a good evenings fishing.

What the Bass were taking the orange lures for is beyond imagination, unless the orange simulated a tiny pout perhaps, which is the only logical explanation for this selective predation on such brightly coloured lures. Give it a go, this colour discrimination might well work in other areas as well.