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Wind…Friend or Enemy When Bass Fishing?

Mother Nature plays a very impactful role in determining the success or failure of a fishing trip.  Whether it’s safety concerns, level of comfort for the angler out on the water, or just how good the fish are biting, wind is a key element to factor into a fishing trip.  In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton and special guest Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Clark Wendlandt take to the water on a windy, early spring morning on Decker Lake near downtown Austin, TX.

You’ll see a lot of great rod bending bass fishing action on a day most would have stayed at home. But not this duo, as they cover water and catch big bass while sharing insight into why and how they’re fishing.

The first pro tip to note about fishing in the wind is: go with the wind, don’t fight it.  There is a great misconception out there about how to effectively fish in the wind.  Many people think it is important to fish into the wind, allowing you to present your bait in a more natural presentation going with the current, or downstream.  Though the logic makes sense, this is just not true.  An angler can fish with the wind and be just as effective.  Wade and Clark prove that exact fact in this episode.  Fishing with the wind also allows for easier boat control.  Having things easier on you, the angler, makes fishing in the wind a more enjoyable experience.

Picking out the right bait is another key element to having success in the wind.  Begin by only fishing moving baits.  This list includes crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and lipless crankbaits.  These lures are easier to cast, control, and fish in the wind.  Often times you will find that it is very difficult to maintain bottom contact with a soft plastic bait.  Moving baits are the best option in windy conditions.

The last item to look at when gearing up for fishing windy conditions is clothing.  Proper clothing can keep you warm and dry as the wind blows across the lake.   Guidewear from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is designed specifically for these conditions.  From a well designed hood, to a great cuff system on the sleeves, this system will keep you dry.  Clark believes this set is great to be worn in both cold and warm conditions.  The material used in Guidewear is durable and comfortable enough to be worn in any scenario.  When it comes time to gear up for a windy day, be sure to pack a set of Cabela’s Guidewear.

 

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Bass Pro Shops – Crankin’ Stick

Cabela’s – Guidewear Advance Parka

Cabela’s – Guidewear Advance Bibs

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline – FC Sniper

SPRO – Little John

Stike King – Rage Bug

Strike King – KVD 1.5 Squarebill

Bass Fishing from Lake Wilson, Alabama and Lake Bastrop in Texas

Americana Outdoors meets up with Pro Clark Wendlandt as he goes fishing with Power-Pole’s Curt Hill on Lake Wilson, Alabama. Then our own Jeff Reynolds take us out for fishing adventures on a bass fishing adventure on Lake Bastrop, Texas.

In this episode you’ll see how anglers use Power Poles Shallow Water Anchors to their benefit to help with boat positioning as Clark and Kurt pick apart the shallow grass on Lake Wilson outside of Florence, Alabama. Then we join Jeff Reynolds on the water at Lake Bastrop in Texas where he’s dealing with cold weather. While fishing Jeff shares information on how he deals with tough fishing conditions on any lake and how you can catch fish. While on the water he shares insight on using Secret Lures Ledge Shaker, crankbaits, and other products to trick fish into biting when others can’t get bites!

Some of the products you’ll see in this episode include:

Ranger Boats

Yamaha Outboards

Garmin Live Scope

Sunline FC Sniper

Strike King

Secret Lures Ledge Shaker

Big Bite Baits Finesse Worms

Power Pole Blades

Bass Pro Shops

Cabela’s Guide Wear

Bass Fishing Tip on Water Temperatures

 
Veteran Pro and three time FLW Angler of the Year, Clark Wendlandt offers advice on how water temperatures affect bass.

How to Find Fish – Patterning

 
Touring Pro, Clark Wendlandt, offers some expert advice on how to catch more bass

Must Have Fishing Line

 
In fishing, there are some things that are out of an angler’s control, having the right line tied on should never be one of those things!

Finding More Bass with Garmin Panoptix

 
Want the most effective fish finder on the market. Hands down, this is it!

Crankbait Royalty – Strike King 3XD

 
Do you like crankbait fishing? You’ll love this king of crankbaits!

Bass Fishing and Water Clarity

 
Host and pro angler, Clark Wendlandt, offers some advice on different fishing tactics as water clarity changes.

Bass Fishing Tip – Match The Hatch

 
Professional angler, Clark Wendlandt offers some expert advice on how to match the hatch when bass fishing.

Choosing the Right Hook for Bass Fishing

 
Long time professional angler, Clark Wendlandt, offers some expert advice on choosing the right hook for bass fishing.