*Edit: Yup, I misspelled the title! I hit up Mission Bay yesterday (1/10) at minus tide to try out a lure color pattern that is new to me, and more importantly to see if one of my cheap chinese lures, which I bought for .80¢, would catch me any fish. I have seen a lot of talk on these boards regarding the best colors for bay fishing lures. It seems that earth tones are the preferred colors for soft plastic curly tail and paddle tail lures, while white/pearl is popular with flukes, and bait fish patterns are what most seem to go with for jerkbaits. Yet, despite the fact that the redheaded pattern is a classic color scheme for lures, I haven't seen any mention of them being used for spotty fishing on these forums, so I decided to give it a try - not that I had much of a choice since it's one of the limited color choices these lures come in. It only took four casts to catch my first spotty. I didn't get a measurement, but he had a big head on him. Then about twenty casts later I hooked up with my second spotty. At this point I started to think this was going to be a great session, but high hopes always seem to jinx a fishing trip, and a few casts later I started to notice that my lure was casting much-much further than it had a few minutes prior. Which of course, in cheap Chinese lure tradition, means that the lure had filled with water. Hurray! I called it a day about fifteen minutes later. *Hopefully these photos load. Photobucket has been having problems today... Final verdict: The red and a white color scheme definitely seems to work for spotties, and the cheap Chinese lure works... when it's able to stay buoyant. I guess this falls into the category of "you get what you pay for". However, considering you can buy 25 of these lures for the price of one lucky craft, I'm not yet ready to give up on it. I drilled a small hole into the bottom to drain it, and I'm probably going to seal the whole thing with 30 minute epoxy to see if I can keep it water tight. It looks like the water got in through the hook eyes. Regardless, it was a nice day on the water.