April brings warming water in southern reservoirs, and the chance to chase prespawn largemouths, or perhaps even sightfish for bedded bass. Unless, that is, excessive rainfall and muddy runoff have turned the water into something more suited to a plowshare than a tube bait.

Josh Jetter, tournament angler and Booyah ambassador, has faced this challenge several times on his home waters of Cedar Creek Reservoir in the Lone Star State, and relies on a "1-2 punch" technique for connecting with shallow bass in extremely stained water.

“I target grass edges and ambush points, or anywhere I think bass might spawn, with a Poppin’ Pad Crasher,” he says. This, he adds, might be in as little as two feet of water that’s so dirty lures disappear in the top few inches.

“The lure causes a commotion that the fish can zero in on, and if they’re hungry, they’ll eat that Crasher. If not, they’ll usually take a swipe at it and I’ll see the swirl.”

At that point Jetter picks up a second rod that’s ready-rigged with his follow-up bait, a weightless YUM Houdini Shad — in Pearl White for maximum visibility in the stained water.

“I’ve seen the swirl, and know where the fish is so I throw the Houdini right on top of its head. Most times the bass just smokes it — often before I can even twitch the bait.”

If you’re forced to deal with dirty water and out-of-sight largemouths this spring, take Jetter’s advice and set up a 1-2 punch of your own.