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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 Top to Bottom

Every angler has a favorite story or moment which sparked their passion for this great hobby and sport.  For many, those origins tie back to pond fishing as a young child.  Ponds are great places to learn how to fish, and try new techniques.  On this episode, host Wade Middleton takes a break at deer camp to escape to a farm pond for several hours.

This particular pond is loaded with a variety of vegetation along the surface of the water.  No one bait is better cut out for this situation than a SPRO Bronzeye Frog, in particular the Bronzeye Jr.  Paired with Sunline FX2 braided line, and a Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod, Wade begins to get bite, after bite, after bite.  It is important to break down the conditions you face with a given body of water.  This pond was loaded with vegetation along the surface, so Wade deducted that the only way to target these bass would be to use a SPRO frog.

Not all situations will dictate that a topwater be the main presentation you use.  Lakes with lower water levels will present a different set of circumstances.  In the next portion of this show, Wade is joined by good friend, and professional angler Jeff Reynolds.  The two head out onto a body of water that is in the middle of a winter draw down.  This means the lake level is well below normal, and all cover along the bank is out of the water.

Provided these conditions, the two decide to go in search of fish holding to offshore structure.  In this specific scenario, a bottom bait is a good selection.  On this episode we will focus on both the Ledge Shaker Jig Head, and MVP Football Jig from Secret Lures.  Both of these baits feature the pivot divot head design.  A very unique construction, the pivot divot head maintains great contact, and feel along the bottom.  It also allows the bait to stand up naturally.  This life-like appearance under the water triggers a lot of bites.

Having the right gear is key to a successful fishing trip.  But until you determine what portion of the water column the fish are located in, this gear is worthless.  So the next time you take to the water, start by locating the fish, then select the right bait, and then you can start catching some bass!

 

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

Yamaha –  Side-by-Side Vehicles

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline – FX2 Braided Line

SPRO – Bronzeye Jr. Frog

Secret Lures – Ledge Shaker Jig Head

Secret Lures – MVP Football Jig

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Americana Outdoors heads out in below zero conditions on an ice fishing adventure with several really hard core members of Team Garmin as they brave extreme conditions to fish cold frozen waters in Minnesota. While there they’ll showcase a variety of ways to ice fish with Garmin products such as the Ice Fishing Bundle, Live Scope and more.

We’ll see these die hard anglers in action as they target both crappie and perch while fishing from inside ice fishing wheel houses to drilling holes outdoors. They’ll share great insight and tips on using electronics for locating and catching fish, choosing fishing line, ice fishing strategies and just how fun it is to catch fish in Minnesota.

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

Kriet and Middleton Go Small

In this episode, it’s another great adventure with Jeff Kriet and Wade Middleton where they will both educate and entertain as they fish from a small bass boat on a body of water they grew up fishing.