Soft-baits have the wonderful ability to retain color with paints, dyes and permanent markers.Coloring soft-baits allows anglers to change tail color, impart markings on a bait to better simulate a particular baitfish and to simply add some flash. The easiest way (and also our favorite) to add color is which permanent marker. There are a few brands out there that offer multi-packs of pens with different colors.
A Few Ideas
We used a razor to cut the tails and a Hogy Eye rattle to enhance the “eye” presentation.
We used a black Sharpie to color the backside and mark stripes.
The “Black Tail”
Ever notice that the tails of most fish are darker and clearly defined? Use a black sharpie to create this effect.
All fish have them! Run a black Sharpie (or any color for that matter) down the center of a rigging slot of a Hogy Soft-bait and the dark line will permeate its way through.
A favorite for over a century, use a red Sharpie to get the job done.