Tackle & Techniques – Play the Wind

Tackle & Techniques – Play the Wind

May 10, 2013

The Wind is KVD’s Friend! Make It Yours!

By Mike Pehanich

I confess.

Once upon a time, I hid from the wind.

Hated it! Fled from it! Hunkered down in the hollow just to fish the flat water away from the waves and rumble!

No more!

I admit that fishing in the wind isn’t always pleasant. Big wind makes boat control tough, casting accuracy almost impossible, and monumental backlashes almost a certainty.

But, boy, you can catch fish in the wind, and often a bundle of them.

“Wind pushes plankton toward the bank and gets crawfish active and baitfish moving around,” Kevin VanDam remarked just before we began filming at Table Rock Lake. “Even in clear water, fish will come up shallower when it’s windy.”

Hear KVD explain why the wind is his friend in this exclusive video!


All of the productive areas we fished that day featured wind-blown flats. Smallmouth, largemouth, spotted bass…all three black bass species were rockin’ and rollin’ with the plankton and baitfish up on those windy flats!

The Two “S”s: Stealth and Simplicity

Wind offers other advantages, too.

Fish aren’t as hard to sneak up on either when it’s windy. Wind breaks up light penetration and helps to cover up visual and auditory signals that might betray the presence of you and your boat.

Finally, wind vastly simplifies lure selection and presentation decisions. Pick up a moving bait like a crankbait, spinnerbait, swimbait, or bladed jig, and start casting and cranking. More often than not, the bass will oblige!

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