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Cloudiness can improved fishing on my favorite fishing hole and helps to keep temperatures down and on any fishery with clear, deep water it usually improves fishing. It is common in the fall to get a little more cloud cover especially in the mornings and this oftentimes results in the bass population moving somewhat shallower. It also causes more bass to suspend which means they move off bottom structure and move up in the water column. On one main lake worm hole recently every bass we caught was suspended and hit the worm on the fall which means they hit it before it got to the bottom.   If the worm made it to the bottom they would not hit it so we would just cast, let it fall, shake it a time or two on the bottom, reel up and cast again.  

With bass suspended off the bottom the crankbait also has been good and it is producing quality fish.  On cloudy days we are starting on main lake points with DD22's and DD14s which are deep diving crankbaits by Norman lures.  This is just one of several quality crankbaits on the market today and they come with excellent hardware and super sharp strong hooks.  They are also affordable running from $5 - $8 instead of $15 to $20 like some of the other pricer models which offer no more, or in some cases, not as much. The color options on the DD Series are almost endless and I have caught bass on many of them.   My top colors are bumble bee, fire tiger, sexy shad, blue/chartreuse and white/green flake(#141 on color chart).  

A crank bait is almost an ideal bait for suspended bass as they dive quickly and keep the bait in the sweet spot when bass are suspended.  The only thing not ideal about a deep diving c.b. is they require a lot of effort to fish them for extended periods of time.  Too many anglers throw them for 10 minutes and then lay them down.  Having the correct rod/reel makes this job much easier.  Like many anglers who are serious about deep cranking, I prefer a slow retrieve reel and in my opinion there is no better slow-cranking reel on the market than Abu Garcia's Revo Winch. 

With this reel and a high quality medium action rod I can crank for hours.  Don't just take my word for it as the Abu Garcia Revo Winch beat out the competition in a recent shoot out of all of the top deep cranking reels.  For the details go to   This reel is also ideal for throwning large swimbaits.         

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or . and WEBSITE


Joe Joslin Outdoors
Licensed Guide on Toledo Bend & Sam Rayburn
Tournament Angler & Outdoor Media
Member: Louisiana Outdoor Writers Assoc.& Southeastern Outdoor Press Assoc
160 Country Lane, DeRidder, LA 70634

Phone: (337) 463-3848