Clear water scares a lot of fishermen but it doesn't have to! When its crystal clear there are some changes you need to make to your equipment and your lures but once you've done that, it can be some of the most enjoyable fishing you'll ever do. Don't be intimidated, learn how to adapt, and the next time you find yourself staring at the bass as they swim along you'll know what to do.
The key to clear water is finesse. There are exceptions to the rule (mainly big baits) but as a whole you want to drop down to lighter lines and clearer lures. Solid colors and thick lines are the kiss of death in crystal clear water. However "finesse" and "clear" are both relative terms so on one fishery you might need to use 4 lb test, the next you can get away with 8 lb. Don't assume you have to go to extremes right off the bat.
Below is a breakdown of all the methods Tim discussed. We'll include links to all of his favorite baits for clear water and even recommend a couple colors for each.
Tim's Favorite Budget Friendly Finesse Combo...
Rod- Zodias 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO
Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
The Finesse Baits...
-Straight Tail Worm- Roboworm 4" Fat: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
(Hologram Shad, Pro Staff Peoples Worm)
-Shaped Worm- Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm
(KVD Magic, Smoke Gold Purple Flake)
-Finesse Tube- Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
(Old Ugly, Watermelon Pepper)
-Tube Head- 3/16 oz Bite Me Flat Eye: http://bit.ly/2diyVXK
-Senko- 5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
(Natural Shad, Baby Bass)
-Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM
The Reaction Baits...
-Jerkbait- Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz
(Ghost Minnow, American Shad)
-Glide Bait- S Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
(Light Trout, Party Crasher)
-Swimbait- 6" Osprey: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
(TW Shad Shad, Shad 087)
-Topwater- River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea
(Abalone Shad, Ghost Minnow)
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