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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

Why Are You Fishing at Choke Canyon and Fayette County

In this episode we hit the waters of Choke Canyon Reservoir with Wade Middleton as he visits the lake for his annual fishing trip to the lake. What he finds on this trip will surprise everyone who knows the history of the lake as he hits the water!

Then we’ll join Mike McClelland as he goes fishing on a spring afternoon on a new body of water he’s not visited before in an effort to share how he locates bass based on the conditions for that day.

While at Choke Canyon Wade will see a newly flooded lake that has risen over 15 feet in the past 6 months resulting in flooded brush and grass that basically gives the bass more places to hide than ever before. On Mikes fishing trip he spends time cranking rocks and off shore structure with crank baits and why he picks one bait over the other. He’s going to share how he sets up his sonar, choosing a bait for right situation when you’re fishing and how to target bass from shallow to deep.

You’ll see a variety of products features in this episode from

Spro Aruku Shad

Spro Rock Crawler

Sunline Sniper Florocarbon line

Garmin Sonar

Garmin Mapping

Garmin Live Scope

Big Bite Baits Trick Stick

Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye Spinnerbaits

Johnny Morris Platinum Series Fishing Reels and Rods

Ranger Boats

Yamaha Outboards

Power Pole

Catching Bass

From time to time, bass anglers can become very competitive.  Add in the fact that you’re fishing with a good buddy, and this competitiveness can kick up a few extra notches.  On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton heads out for a day of fishing with his good buddy Jeff Reynolds.  As soon as the boat is launched out onto the water, the wagering and trash talk begins.

Wade manages to land the first fish of the day.  He then goes on to catch numbers two, three, and four in just a short amount of time.  It becomes evident very quickly that he has cracked the code for the day.  Working a SPRO Little John crankbait along the top of submerged hydrilla, Wade was triggering violent reaction strikes from these healthy wintertime bass.  The magic color for the day is “Old Fire Tiger.”  An often overlooked bait in the tackle box, a Fire Tiger pattern hardbait can still catch fish with the best of them.

After witnessing Wade catch four giants, Jeff Reynolds finally breaks his stubborn streak and ties on the same bait his buddy is using.  After just a few casts with the SPRO crankbait, Jeff gets his first bite.  From that point on, things were pretty even for the day.  Both anglers discovered that magic cadence and worked one specific area while catching one fish after another.

It is not often that a fishing day turns out like this.  There is a reason why it is called fishing.  Anglers have to work hard to figure out the bite for that given day, and continue to change & adapt to the conditions in order to catch fish.  As Wade proves in this episode, when you’re able to crack the code and load the boat up with fish…you better take advantage of it.

 

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline – Crank FC

SPRO – Little John

Fishing Rods and Reels

Whether you’re fishing at a pond, or casting for largemouth out of a 21 ft. Ranger bass boat, you need a rod & reel to be able to present a lure to the fish. This is some of the most basic logic in fishing. From there, the combinations of gear, line, baits, and other elements are endless. In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we are keeping things simple: learn about choosing the right rod & reel combo to fit your needs.

Host Wade Middleton suggests starting with the fishing rod. The lineup that Wade depends on day in and day out is the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Rod. One of the most cutting edge rods on the market, the advanced RTX5 graphite blank provides sensitivity for hooksets, as well as brute strength for getting fish out of cover. In comparison to previous models, the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Rod is 15% lighter and 30% stronger. Other features in this Signature Series of rods include a Fuji exposed blank reel seat, a well-placed bait keeper, and Fuji guides. Available in seven different casting models, this rod will get fish in the boat.

Once you have identified the right fishing rod, the next step is to find a reel to pair with it. Bass Pro Shops makes a reel in the same Signature Series of product. That would be the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel. Constructed with the finest detailing, this reel is 100% built for performance. From the solid machined aluminum face, to an unbreakable titanium finish, capped off with a premium 11-bearing system, this reel caters to the hard core angler. It is available in both right and left handed models, as well as two different gear ratios. The Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel makes optimal performance almost second nature.

Following this, we take a look at one of the newest additions to the Bass Pro Shops Line of products, the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Spinning Reel. This episode is packed with information to help you purchase the right gear. Bass Pro Shops pro staff member Clark Wendlandt also joins the show to provide his input on the topic. Tune in and get ready to learn some great fishing knowledge!

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Spinning Reel

Bass Pro Shops – Signature Series Spinning Reel

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline

Bass Fishing with Electronics Made Easy Thanks to Garmin

No need to be intimidated as it’s all about using your electronics for locating fish in today’s episode. We’ll start hearing from Scott Martin as he shares insight in the new Live Scope from Garmin, then we’ll hear from Mike McClelland on how Live Scopes works before Jason Chrisite shows you what the fish are doing on the screen. Then we’ll go out on the water with Americana Outdoors’ Wade Middleton along with Pro Clark Wendlandt as they head to Fayette County Lake in Texas during the summer on a trip to use Garmin’s Live Scope for the very first tie. to check out the newest Garmin LiveScope for the first time! Then we spend time with Jason Christie on Lake Amistad where he shares insight on setting up his electronics before we go WAY north to Minnesota to meet up with Steve Pennaz and Danny Thompson for Wade’s first Ice fishing trip.

Products Seen in this episode include:

Garmin GPSMap 7616

Garmin 7612Map

Garmin Live Scope

Garmin Pan Optix

Johnny Morris Platinium Series Fishing Rod and Reels

Bass Pro Shops

Cabela’s

Ranger Boats

Yamaha SHO 250 Sunline Agasi Braided Line Sunline 6 Pound Test Sniper Big Bite Baits Yamaha Viking