Water clarity is one of the most important criteria by which anglers judge fishing scenarios. Lean too far to the murky side and fish have trouble spotting baits. Conversely, too much clarity makes the fish supremely spooky and highly discerning.

When dealing with clear water bass, keeping your distance and minimizing noise are the foundational points, but a handful of bait presentation strategies can also positively impact your game.

One of the most important options is jerkbait cadence. When you’re watching bass swim up to your Smithwick Rogue, eyeball it and then swim away, it’s a safe bet, they’re getting a good look at the hardware and determining this thing ain’t real.

Overcome the clarity disadvantage with a tighter cadence. Whether the fish seem to like longer or shorter twitches, simply minimize the pause time.

Other examples include:

Swift Sinkers: Heavier flipping weights make that YUM Christie Critter fall faster and force interested bass to react or miss the meal. Same goes with dropshots. If the depth usually calls for a 3/16-ounce weight, but the smallies aren’t snapping at your YUM Warning Shot; try increasing to a 1/4- or 5/16-ounce and zip that rig past their noses. The hungry ones will turn tail and follow the bait down until they catch it.

Real in the Rear: If fish are just swatting at your Heddon Zara Spook, switch to a Pop'N Image. Not only will the water-pushing front end alter the action but the dressed rear treble gives a more realistic profile that often pushed interested parties over the edge.

Highlight Colors: Dying the tails of your jig trailers, swimbaits or flipping baits chartreuse can often help sell the deal by mimicking bream fin accents.