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This morning i was planning on taking my jon boat out to a 30 acre pond that i havnt fished before, but unexpectedly the wind came up to about 30 this morning and it would be impossible to control my boat so i had to cancel my trip. maybe this evening the wind will be down and i can hit some smaller ponds from the shore.

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Does anybody have any tips for fishing on a windy evening like 20-30 mph winds. if i head out tonight it will be from like 6 till dark (8:50 is sunset) and it is supposed to be 94 degrees at sunset. what would be good to use at this time. what techniques, setup and so on

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The wind beats me down too brother. But when I have no choice, I try hard with the heavy Traps and big double willow spinnerbaits.

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Fish the banks where the wind is hitting or any points that have wind blowing across them.The wind will push any baitfish in the area in that direction.Wind is a good thing.Sure,it's tough to control the boat sometimes but the bass aren't as spooky when the surface is broken up by the wind.Use crankbaits and spinnerbaits,baits you can feel at all times whether the wind is blowing or not.

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I fished Skiatook lake this morning the wind was from the south at about 15 mph.

We caught a few spotted bass that were breaking on shad up against a wind blown bank.

We caught  them on  3 different baits, top water popper, fluke , and chrome and blue rattle trap.

to deal with the wind I came around from the north end of the point and faced my boat into the wind.

Makes it a little easier to control the boat, also you can adjust the speed down low enough to stay fairly stationary.  

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I love to fish,but my limit is about 15 mph.It's just no fun fighting the wind instead of fishing.I can't imagine fishing in a jon boat in 30 mph winds.My advice would be to take a day off from it.

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I fished a tournament one time that had 30mph winds and 5ft waves. My trolling motor would not hold me any spots even on high. When you cranked up to move from spot to spot you where jumpin waves. You felt like you where on Mr. Toads wild ride. Fishing the main lake was next to impossible so we ducked into the coves that kept us out of the wind. We took 2nd in that tournament fishing crankbaits and missed 1st by ounces. With a large field of tournament fishermen 2 fish where caught. If you gotta fish then get yourself a drift sock. This will slow you down or anchor up on a spot. But if your in a boat that only has a trolling motor and no outboard and your trolling motor isn't fighting the wind very well I wouldn't go out.

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Chris beat me to it. A para drogue (drift sock) is well worth the $50 or less (for smaller craft) and lessens the affect of the waves from wind or other craft. You pitch and roll far less and drift at a nice crawl.  (Of course, I wouldn't be out in 30mph winds either unless I was in wind protected coves or lake ends.)

I used one for my 17' canoe two weeks ago (the same one I use for my 17' bass boat), in a 20mph wind and drifted parallel to the shore, making corrections with the trolling motor. Where the trolling motor goes, the drogue will follow, especially when the shoreline isn't straight.

Drogues store in a little space when folded and inflate easily with boat drift.  Better to attach them to the bow and drift backwards for less water splash.  

I was able to long-cast a fat tube into shallow weed beds on hard pack shelves and blasted bass from 2pm-6pm - not possible with just a regular anchor. The drift was less than 1 mph, giving me all the time in the world to make multiple casts to the same areas.

It's so nice not having to curse out jet skiers and ski boats anymore because of the small and large craft stability that comes with the drogue. Cabela's sells them in many sizes.

SS

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anchor down and fish poins with the wind, not against or you will be pickin so BIG birdsnsts.  but the points are the best.  make sure to anchor down both ends of your boat so it doesnt swing

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An anchored boat in 30 mile winds on open water will be a swamped boat in short order if it is of the class of bass boats.

Simple seamanship: if the wave height is greater than 25% of your waterline than you are flouting broaching, or worse yet pitch poling.

At 30 mph any recreational boating is very possibly dangerous on an open body of water.

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