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