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#3311883 - 08/04/13 08:23 PM fishing a new watershed... thoughts?
TNReb
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I'm fishing a new watershed this weekend. I've fished it once before, but it's probably been 15 years. The water is really clear. There is a good bit of sunken timber with some fairly deep water. Even the banks drop off sharp ... I'd say our average depth might be 15ft.

Other than tossing the standard plastics, anyone have any method they prefer when fishing such a place for the first time? I've rarely fished places this clear before...

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#3312305 - 08/05/13 08:32 AM Re: fishing a new watershed... thoughts? [Re: TNReb]
Crosshairy
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Fluoro line (or at least a leader).

Go light on tackle in open water unless you are in some really thick stuff - I'd keep it to 8-lb test line, and very natural-colored baits, but bring a heavier outfit for getting in the nasty stuff.

If you are bass fishing, you might consider trying live bait as well. Seining a local creek to the area might yield the types of food they are eating, and you can't get much more natural than that.

I like the drop-shot method, or weightless senkos, flukes, and similar baits in the smaller sizes available (4" and 6" are my faves).

I also have a few selections of medium and deep-diving natural crankbaits. In general, when fishing really clear water, the bass bite will get better down deep when the sun comes out. The shallow bite is often restricted to a very short time span of sunlight early and late, or at night.

Weed beds and thick stuff are your friends, as fish bite more confidently when they are covered up with stuff. I'll usually have one rod rigged with a soft plastic and enough weight to drop into holes in weed beds or brushy cover. If you find really thick grass anywhere, consider a grass frog or other topwater weedless plastic bait on the early/late bite.

I'm not a hardcore bass fisherman, but I've had decent success with those approaches.
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#3312310 - 08/05/13 08:36 AM Re: fishing a new watershed... thoughts? [Re: Crosshairy]
TNReb
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I should have specified... we're only bass fishing.

Thanks for the tips...

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