Bob Izumi's 101 Best Fishing Tips: Over a Hundred Fishing Tips from One of North America's Most Popular and Respected Fishermen

Bob Izumi's 101 Best Fishing Tips: Over a Hundred Fishing Tips from One of North America's Most Popular and Respected Fishermen

by Bob Izumi



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ISBN-13: 9781552631836
Publisher: Key Porter Books
Publication date: 04/26/2002
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bob Izumi entered his first tournament at fifteen and has been a full-time fishing professional since 1979. He has fished throughout the world, and has won dozens of fishing tournaments. The Bob Izumi Real Fishing Show is shown across the United States, as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and France. He is the author of Bob Izumi's Big Bass Book, and he is a respected seminar speaker and conservationist.

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Tip 38: Fishing Muddy Waters

It may seem ironic, but a famous blues singer also happens to be one of my favorite fishing conditions: Muddy Waters!

In fact, no matter how you describe such conditions-dingy, dirty, stained, off-colored, or muddy — they are all ideal for fishing. That's because fish that live in crystal clear water usually have a keen sense of sight. Because of this, they can detect even minor flaws in your presentation.

It's a different story when fish inhabit dingy water conditions, such as you find off creek mouths following a good rain, or along windswept shorelines after high waves have stirred up debris. Under these conditions fish are more apt to rely on their sense of smell and hearing to home in on prey.

You can take advantage of their reduced vision by using lures that vibrate and produce plenty of noise in the water. Because the fish can't see well, they tend to become reflex feeders, striking out at anything that crosses their paths. Lures such as the Cordell Spot, which have bearings that rattle built into them, can be deadly under these types of conditions.

For the steelheader, taking advantage of off-colored water might mean using hot pink mesh to tie up a roe bag-not very natural-looking, but certainly very visible in dingy water.

Many years ago I went on a trip to New Brunswick's Miramichi River to fish for Atlantic salmon. Heavy rain caused the river to swell up over the banks. I was fishing with legendary fishing guide Vince Swayze. We fished a number of areas along the river and caught quite a few fish, even though the river was much higher and muddier than normal. I credit this to Vince, who knew where the salmon would position themselves in such a high water situation — in spots which would be shallow under normal conditions. He also used big flashy flies that the fish could easily see.

On another occasion, catfishing in Manitoba, the same thing happened-lots of rain, lots of high water. Yet we caught fish by switching to spots that were shallower than the guides would ordinarily fish. Muddy water will put fish shallow for a number of reasons. When the water has color, they don't need to be down as deep, and there's a whole flush of new food with the rain.

Even though it might look bad, off-colored, muddy water can offer great fishing. Under these conditions expect fish to move a bit shallower than normal, and use brighter, noisier lures. You might be surprised with the results.

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