Tips for bass fishing in heavy wind

If you fish anywhere in the country one of
the things you’re going to have to deal withregardless the body of water you’re on is
wind. There’s a fish! I’ve learned over theyears that I don’t run away from the wind
because as I’m about to show you it doesn’trun the fish off. What you have to do sometimes
if the wind gets up like today we’ve got a25 mph wind on Kentucky Lake. I was coming
out 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 run
a three-bank Minn Kota trolling motor. I’vegot the new 112 Fortrex. You need it to be
smooth and the head not be squirrelly becauseyou’re going to spend a good part of the day
actually standing on the trolling motor. I’llset my speed of my trolling motor to kind
of 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 little
difficult when you’re looking for new spots,but if you’ve already got a good spot and
you know they’re there, they’re not goingto leave just because it got windy. Especially
when you’re talking about offshore fishingaway from the bank. The key part of it is sometimes you’ve got
to turn and face in the general directionof the wind to keep your boat in control and
to keep from blowing off the spot. Which meansyou can be throwing at kind of an angle at
the back of your boat. A big key when you’re fishing wind can be
these more horizontal presentations: A crankbait,a spinnerbait, a Carolina rig with a big heavy
weight to maintain contact with the bottom,a football jig with a big heavy weight. I’m
going stay away from a Texas rigged worm witha little bitty weight, or jerking a spoon
around, or something like that which the windis going to really wreak havoc on not only
feeling that bait, but just casting it. But then conversely sometimes fish won’t be
as active in the shallow waters when it’sflat calm, sunny, and clear. A hard wind on
a place like a point or a little cut the windblowing in there can blow the bait in there
and really get the fish where they’re notas spooky. They’ll get up there and fed and
stay in that 1 or 2 foot of water. Whereaswhen it was clear and calm they wouldn’t get
up there. The big point I would make is don’t necessarily
run away from the wind if you’ve got the equipmentthat can handle it. A good strong trolling
motor, good strong batteries, and that youkeep a good charge on. That’s a big thing
that people don’t realize with trolling motors. I’m going to be standing in the wind all day
today and it’s going to drain my battery downto nothing. You do this for 8 hours and as
soon as I get home I plug up my batteriesand start charging them. Batteries are real
sensitive to being left without a charge. So if you run it down dead one day. Then you
let it sit there for four days without a chargeon it, that battery won’t hold its charge
as long anymore. That’s a key component tobeing able to handle and fish in the wind
is keeping your batteries strong all the time. Obviously you have an advantage with a three
bank trolling motor. I’ve got this 112 seton 50 right now and I’m fishing in a 25 mph
wind. There’s One!Good one, that’s a nice fish! But that’s what
I mean you can look out there and see howbad it’s white capping in here. I pulled over
here to a point
in the wind that’s taking the wind right inthe face here, and look at that. That’s a
great bass on the 6XD. Like I say I’m throwinga big crankbait, which is something I can
feel 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 a
crankbait, a spinnerbait, something I canmaintain bottom contact with a steady retrieve
and I need to throw and jig or a worm in thewind. I’m going to turn my boat usually facing
head into the wind because it’s easier tocontrol your boat if the bow of your boat
is 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 if
I try to fish perpendicular to the wind you’regoing to have this big huge bow in your line
and you’re going to have to try to feel yourbait with a big bow in your line. So when
you get a bite even if you can feel the bitewhich most times you can’t because that big
bow. If you can feel the bite, now you’vegot to reel up all that slack and figure out
when you’re at the fish before you set thehook. It just makes fishing a lot more cumbersome
with these bottom-bouncing baits in the wind. Like I’m fishing now I’ve got my boat faced
into the wind coming in here, my line is kindof straight back even with the boat, and I’ve
got my rod sideways but my line is straightback wind. It kind of eliminates that bow
for 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 bite
because 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 on
there! That’s a good fish right there, a 2and 3/4-pound bass. I’m throwing just a 3/4-ounce
Biffle Head and I had a Strike King MenaceGrub on there. With that heavy head I can
maintain bottom contact as long as I controlthe bow in my line. That’s a good fish. A
nice schooling size fish and we will let hergo. Bye buddy.

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