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Dirty water
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:58:37 AM »

I recently started fishing in Hamilton Harbour. The water is very murky. I am used to fishing in very clear lakes and I have been transferring my normal techniques over with little results. Looking for some tips for murky water fishing.


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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 06:34:08 AM »

Larger dark colored or gudy colored baits. Fish slower, use rattles and scent.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 07:24:59 AM »

Larger dark colored or gaudy colored baits. Fish slower, use rattles and scent.
Rodney

Couldn't have offered better advice.

Also consider noisy topwater baits early in the day as well as big-action hard and soft plastic lures, large blades on spinnerbaits (IE #6 willow leaf) and skirted jigs with large trailers.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 07:28:55 AM »

Thanks for the advice!  So darker colours in murky water?  I have also heard that bright colours like chartreuse are good. Thought?


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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 07:34:36 AM »

Black and Blue Crazy Blitz!  The sound and the dark color brings them in!!  Proven over and over, check by check!!  ;D

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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 07:35:22 AM »

Black and Blue Crazy Blitz!  The sound and the dark color brings them in!!  Proven over and over, check by check!!  ;D

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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2018, 07:35:56 AM »

Thanks for the advice. Will be sure to try it next time out.


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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2018, 07:51:42 AM »

Thanks for the advice!  So darker colours in murky water?  I have also heard that bright colours like chartreuse are good. Thought?

Bright colors cast a nice glow around lures same as metallic colors and flakes in soft plastics provide sparkle or flash.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2018, 07:55:30 AM »

I think the key to it all is just time on the water. Something I lack. It was 4 degrees Celsius (40 F)on Erie on Sunday. Season is coming to an end.


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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2018, 08:02:37 AM »

I think the key to it all is just time on the water. Something I lack. It was 4 degrees Celsius (40 F)on Erie on Sunday. Season is coming to an end.

It ain't over until you say it is. I've caught fish into early December many years. A day over 40 and a warm coat is all I need.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2018, 06:37:47 AM »

You can catch fish while ice is forming on your line!

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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2018, 06:40:00 AM »

Thanks Steelhorse!  Iíve watched videos on this. Im interested in trying.


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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2018, 03:01:06 PM »

Not kidding, and not talking about ice fishing. We had an exceptionally cold winter here in north Louisiana this year. Several times I had to stop to tap ice off my line guides and my spinning reel's bail and line roller, and started carrying a small spray bottle of alcohol to spray some on my line and spool every now and then.

It's almost creepy to live this far south and watch icicles grow on your rod tip.

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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2018, 09:38:31 AM »

STillbury, I fished the Red River ALOT and it really lives up to it's name. A friend once told me that the fish there live in that murky water 365 days a year. and they feast and thrive. He told me that the main thing isn't so much lure choice, it's more about keeping your confidence up that these murky water fish WILL bite. Second piece of advice is, REACTION INNOVATIONS SWEET BEAVER - HILLBILLY SPECIAL. lol

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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2018, 10:06:20 AM »

I think the key to it all is just time on the water. Something I lack. It was 4 degrees Celsius (40 F)on Erie on Sunday. Season is coming to an end.

40įF.  that's a tough number for water temp.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2018, 12:55:25 PM »

40įF.  that's a tough number for water temp.

Better than 311/2 and it's hard.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2018, 01:16:24 PM »

Better than 311/2 and it's hard.
Rodney

perhaps.  but at that number, you usually have walls around you to fend off the cold wind.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2018, 08:52:15 PM »

It may be cold outside, but the water temps are still in the high 60ís on Erie. And while bass season as we know it up here is definitely coming to a close for the year, we have a small window where the fishing is going to be the best since the spring.

75% of the water I fish is between really stained and diiiiirtyy. Blacks and blues work great, but right now theyíre gorging on minnows and shad. I donít care how white looks in mud brown water, it looks like DINNER to these bass.

Whatever it is Iím throwing this time of the year, or whatever color it is- if Iím in dirty or stained water Iím adding either flash or sound to it. I feel like it calls attention to my bait, make it look or sound like an easy target while giving me the opportunity to fish a little slower and make sure the bass can find it.

You also have an added bonus. Because of the stained water, they canít come and ďinspectĒ your bait. In clear water, I walk a top water quick fast and in a hurry, with only slight pauses. If they get a good look at it, they might smarten up. This time of the year, I slooooow down in dirty water. Theyíll come to inspect the noise, and find my bait, which looks pretty much like every other dying shad/minnow.
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Re: Dirty water
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2018, 01:12:25 PM »

A clear strand swim jig fished near the top in murky water will give off a glow. It is silent, glowing and with little vibration. It is different from other types of lures used in murky water.

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