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to cast your lure beyond where you think a bed is and bring it past that spot on the retrieve.

Once you have located a bed, you can start ex- perimenting with different lures to trigger bites. My favorite lure for shing stained or muddy water during the spawn is a black and blue jig with a Kicker Fish Bait Company Kicker Kraw trailer. It’s a larger pro le bait with long claws and tentacles, so it produces a lot of vibration. Those features make it easier for sh to nd. I also like to Carolina rig an 8-inch Kicker Fish Hightail Lizard. That lizard works well in those situations because the holes molded into the body cause the lizard to oat up off the bottom. When you drag it on a C-rig through a bed, it provides a different look. I actually prefer that presentation if I have not pinpointed a speci c bed. Dark colors, like June Bug, seem to work well in a variety of poor visibility situations. In general, bait sizes are larger when compared to those you would use in clearer water. You can use just about any rod and line size, too, for rigging. I tell people to use what they have the most con dence in. Mono lament line types and higher pound test lines won’t spook sh as easily in muddy water like they can in clear.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Even though bass in muddy water are easier to catch when you can’t see them, you still want to keep your distance. If I locate what I believe is a bed, I’ll back off and drop my Power Poles before I even make a cast. The big thing I believe is that you never want a sh to know you are there. If you drop a Power Pole, you have the ability to stay back and not worry about hitting your trolling motor and spooking the sh. EXPERIMENT WITH HOOK SETS. If you get into situations where you are missing sh on the hook set, try experimenting with tim- ing. In general, I like to give bass I can’t see a little longer time before setting the hook than I would in clear water. There is more of a chance that you will miss a sh because it doesn’t have the hook in its mouth than there is that it will drop the bait. If you do it right, they won’t see or hear you, and will hang onto the bait longer. EARLIER IS BETTER. In my experience, the best dirty water bed shing occurs during the rst couple hours in the morning. I don’t know how to explain why they bite so much better in the morning other than it is the element of surprise. In clear water, bass can still make out an angler’s silhouette even in lowlight conditions. But if they can’t see you, then they will be quicker to react to something invading their space. Just imagine someone dropping a big, ole fake spider in your bed rst thing in the morning without seeing them sneak into your room… you will do everything you can to get it out of your bed in a hurry!


Kicker Kraw jig trailer (top) and Kicker Fish Hightail Lizard

CLEARING THE WATER. One last tip I learned a while ago that helps me when tree pollen, cottonwood seed, and other surface clutter blocks your view of bedding bass is to spray a small amount of a biodegradable soap onto the water. The soap will spread it out to the sides. I’ve seen guys use spray bottles, squirt guns, and su- per soakers for it. Of course, this works if the only thing preventing you from seeing the sh is that stuff on the surface. Apply Cody Bird’s blind side bed shing techniques, and you, too, will clearly see your springtime success improve! BWU


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March/April 2011