Originally Posted by rostrata
In stained runoff water, I have had better success with white colored offerings, which tend to stand out a bit more for the bass. In the mouth, I've found 1-2oz white bucktails with an 8" white grub/5" fluke trailer/white rind or a leadhead with plain white 5" soft plastic fluke have saved many a day when silty water masked many of my usual colored patterns... especially when bass are down in the darker depths during daytime.
Another tip (courtesy of a recent addition of local fishing mag) I'll pass on which I tried out successfully just the other day.. Found the bass were holding right on the bottom. Picked up a few over a couple hours, but overall they did not seem to be actively feeding.
The tip: Using a bucktail (with braid).. violently jig the buckail up, then let it sink. This motion is kind of like the old "Jimmy Houston TV hookset on mono" and should really strain the forearm. The point is to zip the jig up a few feet, then drop... kind of like a baitfish in its death throes. Double-tap variations work too. The strike seemed to occur on the drop.
As soon as I started this technique, the fish started hitting a bucktail they had for the most part ignored. Nobody around me was catching anything.. from shore or boat. This technique produced 6 fish in a half hour. Though the author recommended using this on a bucktail without a trailer(due to the friction of the flapping tail), it worked fine for me on a 2oz SPRO white w/8" grub.
This makes total sense to me, because alot of times when i fish fresh water with a jig, or most other baits of that nature. They always seem to hit it when it is falling. Either right after it is casted, or as it falling down from the retrieval..
I will keep this in mind as a back up plan next time i am slugging the jig out right out there.
I have good luck with a white smiling bucktail, with a watermelon sluggo attached to it