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MANAGE FISHING IN THE WIND?
HOW DO YOU MANAGE FISHING IN THE WIND?
Wind can be a blessing or a curse to your fishing, but it's almost always a factor in the spring. Most of the time, wind improves bass fishing. It stirs up the food chain, gets fish feeding and breaks up the surface so the fish can't see you or your baits too well.
Sometimes, though, wind can hurt you. It can destroy a sight-fishing bite, make boat control difficult and is often downright dangerous. When the wind is strong enough to make boating unsafe, get off the water immediately. If it's not that bad, there are ways to cope with it and even make it work for you. Most fisherman give up to easy when the wind starts blowing, do not let the wind defeat you, learn to cope with it and you will catch more fish, but remember any winds above 20mph you should not be in a kayak for safety reasons, that’s about when the white caps start to show up on top of the water just remember white caps, time to leave or get in to a cove or slew do not be on a large body of water with 2-3 foot swells that could flip you real easy.
Control Your Drift
When the wind is pushing your kayak faster than you can effectively fish through an area, you need to find a way to control it. One way is to point into the wind using a 1-pound anchor from the front of the kayak, and that's very effective if the wind isn't too severe and moving into the wind is the most efficient and productive way to fish that area.
When it's not, another great way to work with the wind is to use a Drift chute. It's an accessory for your kayak that will slow your drift in current. They work great, are easy to use and can be adjusted on the fly to best handle any situation you might run into. By deploying them part or all the way, you can slow your drift quite a bit. Here is a good video on wind fishing...
Change Your Line
When the wind's blowing, pay special attention to your line size. By decreasing the diameter of your line, you can cast more easily in (and into) the wind and maintain better bottom contact because lighter (thinner) lines cut through the wind and current better than heavier (thicker) lines.
If you're fishing baits you want to keep in contact with the bottom, try fluorocarbon — especially in the wind. Because it sinks, fluorocarbon will help to keep your lures deeper, even when your boat is moving, and the bait is drifting. Braid can sometimes present issues in the wind because it floats and moves more with surface currents. It casts well, though, and if you're fishing horizontal baits that are moving fast and high in the water column, it can be your best choice.
Don't forget to drop your rod tip when fishing in the wind. If the wind's tough, you might even want to keep your rod tip in the water on the retrieve. With your rod tip high, you might get more sensitivity on calm days, but on windy days it will just put a big bow in your line and reduce the contact you have with the bait. You'll have a hard time feeling strikes. Most fishermen will go to the calm side of the wind just so they are conferrable but probably won’t catch nothing, because the wind has carried the bait fish to the other side in the direction of the wind was blown, especially if the wind has been blowing in the same direction for 3 or more hours. Now of course it all depends on which way the currents are moving. Remember wind current and water dept and temperature is all the elements you must work with. Understand these 4 and you will win, every time you get on the water.
I will cover current later, it’s probably the most important in the bay.
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