It’s a classic, if not cliched, angling truism — a fish can’t bite what it can’t see. True, but intrinsic to a fish seeing your bait is making sure it’s looking in the right direction. That’s even more of a concern when windy days, strong tides and heavy boat traffic obscure visibility with muddy conditions.

One of your best options for turning the fish’s attention toward your bait is the use of sound. Rattles like those of a Bomber Lures Badonk-A-Donk LP can prove effective here, but so can the water-spitting gurgles of a Heddon Saltwater Chug’N Spook.

Here are a few more notable points for fishing muddy conditions:

Color Strategy: Baits with contrasting colors tend to stand out more in conditions of low visibility; while the flashy surface of a Cotton Cordell CC Spoon will often catch just enough light to glimmer in the stained water. Predators like trout and redfish are accustomed to locating baitfish by watching for “belly flashes,” so the spoon tricks them into thinking they’ve spotted a meal.

Accuracy: One of the most significant impacts muddy water has on fish is the shrinking strike zone. Unlike the often gin-clear inshore conditions of a calm winter day, late spring through summer often finds cloudy to downright muddy conditions greatly diminishing the distance a fish will move to chase a bait. Whether you’re targeting oyster bars, dock pilings or mangrove points, dial in your precision.

Persistence: When visibility declines, fish will simply miss a lot of your casts. However, belief in your bait and faith in your spot generally deliver big results with fish that’ll eagerly pounce on any meal they spot in the dirty water.