One of the guys I spoke to was Jeff Coble, a well-known NC angler that has done very well in competitions all over the East coast. Jeff is the kind of guy that spends a lot of time on the water, and surrounds himself with great anglers, so he knows the intricate tricks of the trade and also when something is smoke and mirrors. His answer was, "I always use clear topwaters in clear water. I find the bass have no problem zeroing in on the bait, even though some angler might be concerned that they can't see it." The other anglers I polled agreed, and said when you get down to it, the bass are targeting the surface commotion more than the actual lure. So theoretically, a clear topwater lets you get away with a bigger bait size in clear water without turning the fish off because they don't like the look of it. I urge you to give it a shot while the fall topwater bite is on. I'd be curious to hear how it worked for you.