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Let's start by saying I have some.... SOME... confidence in soft plastics, but not the most. I've bought myself a good worm and jig combo and will work on that going into next season. But, does anybody do a lot of worm/plastic fishing in dirty water? I'm talking casting, not flipping and pitching. Flipping and pitching is a great dirty water tactic, but does anybody cast plastics in dirty water? If so, what are you using?

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Yea all the time, big soft plastics like 10-15 inch worms and big creature baits/craws work well in a bright color or black

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Any plastic that moves a lot of water works.  I normally stick to darker colors as well!  There isn't just one I fish.  There are many!

 

Jeff

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A good old Berkley power worm in a dark color ( I like Blue fleck) has worked well for me in dirty water.

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A good old Berkley power worm in a dark color ( I like Blue fleck) has worked well for me in dirty water.

This would be what I would use. Might even stick a rattle in it

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You can do well with worms in dirty water, the only difference in casting versus pitching and flipping is the distance, you normally pitch and flip in dirty water because you can get closer to the fish without spooking them. Use dark worms and worms that move a lot of water, one of my better dirty water worms is a 5.5" Stanley Sidewinder, there is a pocket in the tail for a rattle but you can leave it empty so the tail will float up off the bottom.

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I fish everything from trick worms to ole' monsters and where I fish the visibility isn't very good, heck bass have no problem finding the 5 inch trickworms on my dropshots...

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I use light & sound emitting diode technology inserted into my plastic worms, this helps to notify the bass. Then with a uv dye that is applied it can see it really good, after this I soak it in some type of stink fluid so it has the odor of, either a crawfish, shad, or my fave, worm guts, doing all of these things during muddy water fishing adventures are bound to help you get to the Bass Masters Classic, and truth be told, nearly guarantees a Victory.

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6" BPS Stiko, Baby Brush Hog, Creature bait of some kind, or a plastic worm.  In dark muddy water the colors I usually throw are, black with red flakes, green pumpkin, junebug, or purple.

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Junebug or black and blue beaver bait is one of my favorites in dirty water. One of the rare times I'll add a worm rattle to my bait. 

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I will sometimes add a bead and brass clacker between my weight and hook to add some sound.  Think C-rig without the swivel.

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Culprit 12" black shad, black, red shad. I install a rattle in the head. A shot of bass scent. I reel it slow in the shallows or on the surface. Sometimes I use a Carolina rig and twitch the rattle.

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A Strike King Rodent in Okochobee Craw is what I use a lot of the time.

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The water I fish is very muddy with low visibility and I don't seem to have any trouble catching fish on plastics of all types.  My favorite colors are the green pumpkins, watermelons, and craws.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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Thanks for the replies guys! Looks like I will be fishing plastics in some dirtier water to get a feel for the nuances of my specific situation when the spring runoff runs its course!

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There is a company called Quickbaits that makes great plastics, some of which have rattles poured into them. Try some out! I love 'em.

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I've caught some of my biggest bass on soft plastics and the ponds I fish have only a few inches of visibility but I like either big baits like 10 inch worms or baits with lots of appendages like brush hogs and for colors I like sparkly blues or junebug or really bright colors pretty much put the bait in the water and if you can see it, it will work. Hope I was help!

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The lake that I primarily fish is extremely dark..... I have learned that most of the time I go with a dark color plastic.  Red shad, black ect.  With this said I believe that the main factor is matching the forage of the bass in the lake

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Never have fished plastics very much over the years, but when I do in those conditions, the nod always goes to the old Gatortail worms and good ole' lizards. I didn't want a giant bait, but I did want something with some presence in the water that would create a bit more disturbance than normal. Some of the newer type plastics fit those requirements pretty well now days, too. 

 

-T9

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I try to appeal to as many senses of the bass as possible.going big can help but I catch them on 5" senkos at night all the time. Rattles will give them sound, big tails or appendages allow fish to feel vibrations through the lateral line.

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Like others said, dark colors. I have most confidence in my Rage plastics. I really like the thumper and recon worms. I also like the space monkey and rage craw. I never hesitate to chuck a senko in there either.

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