High, muddy water is probably the number one troublemaker for springtime bass fishermen. You know the drill: you daydream at work all week about that weekend outing, during which you're sure a jerkbait flashing in the clear water will make for easy pickin'. Thursday night it pours rain while you're sleeping, but hey, it's sunny on Friday morning. All good, right? Then on Saturday morning you look down at the water at the boat ramp and it's like a scene from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. If you live in the Carolinas like I do, you get that even more disgusting red chocolate milk thanks to all the red clay in the Piedmont region. But I don't let it bother me, because there are ways to be successful in the mud.