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Most Effective Bait On Windy Days

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For me a spinner bait works well on windy days.

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Baits with high vibration. Chatters,spinners,lipless cranks

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Today was frustratingly windy here in VA. I used weighted weedless wacky jigs and had a pretty good time of it.

 

Just needed to get below the wavy surface with enough weight to take the bait down without blowing too much in the wind. Believe I was using a 3/16 oz wacky jig head.

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^^^^ see above great suggestions. 1/4oz grub bounced/dragged sometimes with a spinner if the waters stained or the suns down.

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I prefer a 5/8 oz Excaliber rattle bait colors depend on water color and temp . I use spinning gear with as light a line as i can get by with.Heavier line is bigger diameter and will catch the wind reducing your distance. Throw into the wind on wind blown bank after you have thrown towards the bank. Also short fat bodied crankbaits that dive shallow 3-5' bright colors they are a small bait with a lot of thump plus color to attract.  Good Luck

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When windy I use a spinnerbait and a Carolina rig fished fast. Or I`ll use a swim bait.

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The portion on te lake I've been targeting is very snaggy I've lost many lures the past few days basically anything on the bottom eventually hangs up in rocks. It's hard to feel my bait with the wind tugging my line

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If your using a jig, just fish it a little faster. Don`t let it sit on the bottom. Cast it out when you feel it hit the bottom, move the jig with your rod so it won`t get snagged. I was fishing today and that`s how I had to fish, fast Try it you`ll get use to it, and catch more bass then.

You can fish any rig this way, just try it.

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Hard to beat a swim bait 3/8 or heavier depending on depth

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Picture this: You are a bass, swimming along minding your own business and looking for an easy snack when you look up towards the sky.

 

What do you see? A silver canopy above you.

 

This canopy may be calm or have chop on it or big waves with white caps.

 

But you are safe, down below, but looking up.

 

When there is wind and chop on the water you do not see things above you as clearly as when the water surface is calm. But you can see something looking like nothing you ever saw before running along right under the surface and you decide to try your luck to eat it.

 

Choppy water caused by wind is a good time to throw a spinnerbait.

 

Of course, you can throw a spinnerbait at any time of the day in all conditions. Personal choice.

 

Just think like a bass.

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If you have the combination of smallmouth, rocky bottom, and stiff winds, I'd be dragging a tube or other 3.5" to 4" plastics on a football head.   The windier the better for reduced snagging, the bait skips off the rock tops rather than settle into them.

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Yea the football and small plastics is what I'm using its just very snaggy I have been trying just to tick the top of each rock and it has been producing but like I said I'm losing a lot of jigs. I'm going to was out there today so I will be trying tubes a spinnerbait or too and if those fail Texas rigged plastics. Weightless stick baits and the guarantee catch for me there is a 3/16 bitsy bug jig in green pumpkin w matching rage chunk

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