If you’ve been fishing here in North Florida this weekend, odds are you found some dirty, windblown water. There are pockets of cleaner water but for the most part we’re experiencing some bad visibility. When water conditions and clarity are less than ideal, these are a few of my tried and true techniques to increase your odds of finding your targeted fish.
Make some noise! Just like you or me, if we were blind folded in a Metallica concert, it’s going to be hard to find the beer tent. Unless the beer tent had an air horn they blew every few seconds, acting as a beacon. This is the mindset I want you to use when you to select your baits when hunting for fish under poor conditions. Personally, my go to is top water plugs. I know the classic time for top water are early morning or evening, but I’ve had success with this concept at all hours of the day. My favorite noise maker is the Storm Chug Bug, with the Rapala Skitter Walk and Heddon Super Spook Jr coming in a tie for second. Choose colors that contrast, white, chrome, chartreuse etc. Use a loop knot to connect your leader to the plug. This will give the bait more freedom to move giving it a more lifelike action.
The other technique I’ll cover today is deployed when fish are spooky or when in skinny water that’s stained. Borrowing from fresh water anglers, spinner baits add flash and vibration to your paddle tail soft baits. They are great search baits to use when working an area where the visibility is too bad to sight fish. When water is stained, the extra “noise” will help your targets hone in on your bait. Slayer Inc, Aquadream Spoons, and the classic Redfish Magic are all good choices. Each one offers something a little different, so check them out and see which fits your needs. Trout, redfish and flounder have all fallen victim to this approach, so get out there and catch some action!
As always, if you have any questions, comments or anything you’d like me to cover in a post contact me!