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5 Ways to Make Fishing on a Windy Day More Manageable
Fishing on windy days can be a good experience or a bad one depending on how an angler chooses to deal with the weather. Personally, I don't mind fishing in the wind because over the years I've managed to pick up a few techniques that make it more manageable. Here they are:
1. Go Where the Wind Blows
I have found that one of the best things that you can do on a windy day is to change your casts when the wind blows and let Mother Nature work for you, not against you. For example, keep your sidearm below the tailwind gusts as you pull back and then raise your arm into the tailwind as you forward cast. The idea is to get the tailwind to help propel your line forward. You'll also want to position your boat to work with the wind as well.
2. Think Aerodynamics
When it comes to lure selection on a windy day, I've found it helpful to think about the aerodynamics of the lure itself. Heavy, streamline lures tend to cut through the wind gusts better than wide, flat lures. You might also want to use extra sinkers for weight and buzzbaits that can be heard over the howl of the wind.
3. Look for Natural Wind Breaks
If the wind is blowing you and your fishing line all over the place, you may want to look for natural windbreak areas and reposition yourself within them. Some things to look for in that regard are clusters of trees, bushes and large rocks.
4. Timing is Everything
Sometimes all it takes to combat the wind is proper timing. When I was little, my mother taught me to count from the time I saw a lightning strike to the time I heard the first rolls of the thunder. She said that you could tell how close or far away a storm was by doing that. The less time between the flash and the boom, the closer the storm was. Approach the wind gusts in a similar way. Count the time between the big gusts and try to cast during the lulls.
5. Come Prepared
During windy days, you'll want to channel your inner scout and go well prepared. By that, I mean making sure that all your gear is in order. One of the last things that you'll want to be doing in a wind storm is trying to re-thread a reel. In other words, prep as much as you can before you ever set foot outside. Furthermore, if you are going to be taking your boat with you, don't forget to pack a drift control sock with a harness and a buoy assembly. The drift control sock and buoy will help to keep your boat in position while you fish.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family and has traveled extensively.
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