If you fish anywhere in the country one ofthe things you’re going to have to deal withregardless the body of water you’re on iswind. There’s a fish! I’ve learned over theyears that I don’t run away from the windbecause as I’m about to show you it doesn’trun the fish off. What you have to do sometimesif the wind gets up like today we’ve got a25 mph wind on Kentucky Lake. I was comingout here and I was going to throw a worm becausethat is what I was catching them on yesterday. But with a 25 mph wind it can be hard to feelthe bottom so you’ve got to adjust your presentation. But a bigger key for me is having a good pieceof equipment that can handle the wind. I runa three-bank Minn Kota trolling motor. I’vegot the new 112 Fortrex. You need it to besmooth and the head not be squirrelly becauseyou’re going to spend a good part of the dayactually standing on the trolling motor. I’llset my speed of my trolling motor to kindof match the wind. I want it to just barelycreep me forward a little bit in the wind. So that way I can kind of stand on it, holdmy position, and keep fishing the spot. I found some of these spots when it wasn’twindy. Finding fish in the wind can be a littledifficult when you’re looking for new spots,but if you’ve already got a good spot andyou know they’re there, they’re not goingto leave just because it got windy. Especiallywhen you’re talking about offshore fishingaway from the bank. The key part of it is sometimes you’ve gotto turn and face in the general directionof the wind to keep your boat in control andto keep from blowing off the spot. Which meansyou can be throwing at kind of an angle atthe back of your boat. A big key when you’re fishing wind can bethese more horizontal presentations: A crankbait,a spinnerbait, a Carolina rig with a big heavyweight to maintain contact with the bottom,a football jig with a big heavy weight. I’mgoing stay away from a Texas rigged worm witha little bitty weight, or jerking a spoonaround, or something like that which the windis going to really wreak havoc on not onlyfeeling that bait, but just casting it. But then conversely sometimes fish won’t beas active in the shallow waters when it’sflat calm, sunny, and clear. A hard wind ona place like a point or a little cut the windblowing in there can blow the bait in thereand really get the fish where they’re notas spooky. They’ll get up there and fed andstay in that 1 or 2 foot of water. Whereaswhen it was clear and calm they wouldn’t getup there. The big point I would make is don’t necessarilyrun away from the wind if you’ve got the equipmentthat can handle it. A good strong trollingmotor, good strong batteries, and that youkeep a good charge on. That’s a big thingthat people don’t realize with trolling motors. I’m going to be standing in the wind all daytoday and it’s going to drain my battery downto nothing. You do this for 8 hours and assoon as I get home I plug up my batteriesand start charging them. Batteries are realsensitive to being left without a charge. So if you run it down dead one day. Then youlet it sit there for four days without a chargeon it, that battery won’t hold its chargeas long anymore. That’s a key component tobeing able to handle and fish in the windis keeping your batteries strong all the time. Obviously you have an advantage with a threebank trolling motor. I’ve got this 112 seton 50 right now and I’m fishing in a 25 mphwind. There’s One!Good one, that’s a nice fish! But that’s whatI mean you can look out there and see howbad it’s white capping in here. I pulled overhere to a point in the wind that’s taking the wind right inthe face here, and look at that. That’s agreat bass on the 6XD. Like I say I’m throwinga big crankbait, which is something I canfeel the whole time in the wind. I can maintaincontact with the bottom and where I’m fishing. That’s a good fish. We’ll let her go. If I don’t get bites with something like acrankbait, a spinnerbait, something I canmaintain bottom contact with a steady retrieveand I need to throw and jig or a worm in thewind. I’m going to turn my boat usually facinghead into the wind because it’s easier tocontrol your boat if the bow of your boatis actually facing into the wind. Then I’mgoing to throw straight back with the wind. What that does is now I can feel my bait. My line doesn’t have a big sideways like ifI try to fish perpendicular to the wind you’regoing to have this big huge bow in your lineand you’re going to have to try to feel yourbait with a big bow in your line. So whenyou get a bite even if you can feel the bitewhich most times you can’t because that bigbow. If you can feel the bite, now you’vegot to reel up all that slack and figure outwhen you’re at the fish before you set thehook. It just makes fishing a lot more cumbersomewith these bottom-bouncing baits in the wind. Like I’m fishing now I’ve got my boat facedinto the wind coming in here, my line is kindof straight back even with the boat, and I’vegot my rod sideways but my line is straightback wind. It kind of eliminates that bowfor me. There’s One! Good fish too. That’s a big one!It’s coming up, it’s going to jump out there. Nice one! So I was able to feel that bitebecause I had good contact with my bait becauseI didn’t have to fight a bow in the wind. That’s a good fish. He’s really pulling hard. Just take our time here. Here he comes. He swallowed that plastic onthere! That’s a good fish right there, a 2and 3/4-pound bass. I’m throwing just a 3/4-ounceBiffle Head and I had a Strike King MenaceGrub on there. With that heavy head I canmaintain bottom contact as long as I controlthe bow in my line. That’s a good fish. Anice schooling size fish and we will let hergo. Bye buddy.