[pagebreak] Tackling Muddy Water
When the water is practically opaque, use big spinnerbaits or diving or lipless crankbaits that emit strong vibrations as you retrieve them in deliberate fashion. Remember, the bass can't see well, so a steady retrieve lets them home in on a bait better for a solid strike. The stronger the vibration, the more the tip of the rod being used to retrieve the lure will dance. Likewise, a topwater lure, such as a Jitterbug, that is retrieved steadily across the surface is more apt to draw a solid hookup.