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Recently temperatures in my area have spiked this week. going from 68 to 80 degrees outside and water temps from 55 or 58 to now 60-64 degrees. so the water that im fishing in that im finding fish at is 15-20 feet deep, sometimes 13. seems like most of all posts i read the water depth is always like 5ft? which is super shallow to the lakes around my area. ive been throwing cranks, spinners, things like that, no bites at all or luck even placing any soft plastics where i want them to be fished. i tried slappin a bullet weight on my fluke the other day but i feel like thats retarded because its a jerk bait. and if i put weights on my senkos then those are supposed to be fished weightless. almost all the fish im seeing on my finder are at 12-18 feet deep and are skin tight to small trees and such. Then if i do decide to put on something like a jig or weights on my worms, i never ever get the bottom contact everyone always posts about. i can never feel the bottom of the lake as im pulling my lure along. Also if i get brave and try a jig, i hear that your supposed to engage your reel after your cast because it creates a swinging motion, but 20 feet of water is a little deep to hit bottom. What are some ideas?

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what kind of crankbaits and colors are you using?

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Just sounds like plain old tough conditions. Try a robo worm or Reaction innovations flirt on a split shot rig, or drop shot. A carolina rigged centipede is worth a try too, and of course the old senko. Once the water warms up, try burning a spinnerbait or lipless crank. Sometimes in very clear water, faster retrieves on aggressive lures like cranks and spinnerbaits are best.

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Oh and downsize your line. Use fluorocarbon or a fluorocarbon leader. BTW how heavy of weights are you using, because I'm able to feel a 1/8 ounce weight at 15 - 16 feet on the bottom quite easily?

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im using heavy weights haha, heavy bullets, i don't wanna say 1/2 oz but i think thats what they are, maybe a little smaller. also the colors im using are blue and chartreuse, white and chartreuse, chrome and blue with orange belly, sexy shad, chrome and baby blue, dark blue top white midsection and orange belly, tons of different ones. some are 3-6 feet, some are 6-9 feet. right now im using 50lb braid with a mono leader, 3 foot leader usually. my cranks usually are strike king and stuff like that, i stay in the middle price range, 5-6$ usually.

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not sure if im just not on the bottom with my weights or its the clay bottom that makes it feel like im not on it but my line is always slacked until it wont go anymore, then i begin tugging it.

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