BASS FISHING IN MUDDY WATER: BEST LURES AND TECHNIQUES
Bass fishing is already very challenging. In the case of muddy water, you have to make changes in your lure selection and fishing techniques. This can be very challenging even for an experienced angler.
For beginners, I have a few tips to point you in the right direction.
Lure selection in clear water is pretty straightforward. You simply choose a lure that can mimic the baitfish present. In muddy water, however, visibility is reduced. Bass will rely on their lateral line system to find food and ‘see’ through the water.
BASS BEHAVIOR AND LURE SELECTION
Bass will most likely stick to areas with dense cover such as rocks, logs and docks in muddy waters. They will be just as aggressive as usual. The trick is to get your lure right in sweet spot close to their hiding spots.
VIBRATING JIG LURE
The vibrating jig or popper lures are a great choice in muddy water. They make a lot of noise and have life-like action. As I mentioned earlier, the bilateral lines (sensitive area of the body along the upper middle of all fish from gills to the base of the fin) of Bass can feel the sound and vibration produced by the lure.
Since Bass can’t see clearly in muddy water, crankbaits in bright and contrasting colours are more visible are decent mostly because of the thumping and wiggling vibrations they make over colour.
Spinnerbaits with tails that help to make vibration and noise are also good in muddy conditions, however, it is best to use a spinnerbait that is weedless, meaning it has a hook guard so that it doesn’t get caught in weeds and structure. This is probably the main reason, and the only reason I go with spinnerbaits because they perform the best in sunny conditions in clear water.
Flipping and pitching are the techniques most commonly used when fishing for Bass in cover, weeds and in structure. Even though the conditions aren’t perfect, the same technique applies, especially in shallow water. For flipping, 7-foot rods are good while slightly shorter rods are better for pitching.
Bass fishing in muddy water isn’t an ideal situation but there is no reason not to give it a try. There is an incredible array of noisy lures that Bass just cannot resist, no matter what conditions you are in.
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