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This time of the year can be really frustrating for Yak angling. Tomorrow is not much better, then storms forecasted through Thursday.

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I hate the term "breezy". The weather people seem to love using it anytime we have gale force winds though. It's windy, that's what it is, windy. My wife's flower pots blew over, the 200 acre lake on my drive home from work had white caps on it, and whole trees where rocking violently back and forth in the wind, nothing "breezy", about what was going on outside. 

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6 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I hate the term "breezy". The weather people seem to love using it anytime we have gale force winds though. It's windy, that's what it is, windy. My wife's flower pots blew over, the 200 acre lake on my drive home from work had white caps on it, and whole trees where rocking violently back and forth in the wind, nothing "breezy", about what was going on outside. 

I forgot, you're in tornado alley also.

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1 minute ago, Harold Scoggins said:

I forgot, you're in tornado alley also.

Wind is a way of life here. 15mph is a gentle breeze. I don't know what to do with myself when I get a day on the water and it's calm, and usually the fish don't seem to know what to do either. 

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2 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

15mph is a gentle breeze

I can handle up to 12mph, but anything more and it becomes a task to hold a kayak in place. I crossed a lake once in a 25mph wind while in my Trident 13. It handled it ok, but it still scared the beejesus  out of me. This is the time of year when I really pay attention to forecasts, even the wind down in Texas as it is usually a good indicator on what we'll get up here. Oh well, I'll stay home and mow the yard today, we have rain coming tonight. 

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Assuming you can get to these various sites safely, this is critically important, you can:

 

1) fish in coves on the side least affected by wind (best if the wind is coming in perpendicular to a cove's length;

2) fish on points/secondary points where there is usually one side much less affected by wind and waves;

3) same for rivers if the wind is blowing over the water perpendicular to it;

4) fish on the leeward side of any islands, even very small ones ( the waves cut around each side);

5) fish tucked up tightly to a dam sort of in the rip rap if the wind is coming from the direction over the dam;

6) some man-made structures provide relief: one side of a bridge over the other, or fish under the elevated roads that connect to bridges. One side is often dead still, the other getting beat to heck by wind and waves;

7) assuming the wind isn't too terribly bad, pulling up on top of a mass of floating vegetation works great. It "arrests" wave action; and, finally, getting to a destination like a gravel or sand bank or a shoreline unavailable to bank anglers, getting out of your kayak and fishing on your feet. Anyway, things I do at times here in windy Texas.  Brad

 

 

 

 

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Suppose to rock and roll around here next couple of days @Bluebasser86.

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8 minutes ago, Harold Scoggins said:

Suppose to rock and roll around here next couple of days @Bluebasser86.

It was here last night and still is this morning. The party is supposed to keep rocking through Wednesday too.

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3 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

The party is supposed to keep rocking through Wednesday too.

That's what I hear. I wanted to launch yesterday, but the wind was just too much for a kayak. This is the time of year where I almost miss the bass boat.

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