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Old 11-12-2012, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Clearwater fish bowl

I often fish a lake in semi central FL, that is as clear as you can get. Max depth is 60 in the southest part of the lake. Its shaped like a bowl and there are no coves or creeks or anything of the such. Dropshot does work.. but c/b and s/b if they are schooling.
Docks run along the w/south west quadrant. A beach flat in the north west quadrant

I can catch fish, I am wanting to catch 3lb or bigger consistantly. You almost always have to start in 10-18 feet of water cause the fish are spooky. I've never called them out on a t/w lure in those depths. I'd just like to know some of your approaches to help me think outside the box.
I dont think there is a hard bottm in the lake but there is plenty of grass. I'm still trying to figure out this 898 SI and decipher what grass looks like on SI and DI, so yeah I am not really good on that graph.

To be honest, I've printed out a map copy and I am always trying to predict where the fish will be on a give day that I am going out there. I dont get much return on investment but I am constantly striving. What are your thoughts?
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a swimbaiter buddy that fishes the rainbow river with great success, which is the clearest water I have ever seen. I asked him how on the world does he get fish to bite big baits in such clear water and his answer was low light, twilight, and after dark. He scouts during the day to find good ambush points then goes back after dark.
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4.5 in and bigger swimbaits would be my recomendation followed by big black worms. any time of the day. key on most of these lakes is wind. fish in the ripples to the rough. also fish / flip the deep hydrilla. For colors go as clear as you can get (mostly), also cherry seed or trans red and black are favs in clear water. firecracker spinnerbaits, transparent cranks / soft plastics. use the clear water to your advantage, big baits will draw fish from VERY far away. if you can see them go ultra small, 2-3" plastics 6 lb test. im in central fl, not sure of the lake though.
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