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Importance of wind direction ?

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If I'm smallie fishing on a lake and its got some big boulders on shore I'll try to find a spot the wind is blowing waves into them. Waves crashing into rocks seems to really draw them. Other than that I don't really pay attention.

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My wife is the only thing that is capable of deterring my from fishing  ;)

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Depends.

The body of water, the direction of the wind, and the wind's speed all play a role.

For example, on lakes wind can create white caps and turn a beautiful day into a dangerous nightmare.

On rivers, wind can turn a peaceful place into a disaster with white caps and difficulty controlling your boat.

Also, when you go to trailer your boat, wind at the ramp can make this a challenge.

So wind, within acceptable limits, is your friend, blowing baitfish towards the shore or warmer water into a cove, and creating some chop for spinnerbaits, etc.

And wind can be a dangerous enemy.

So it is not from which direction the wind blows as each body of water is different; it is the force of the wind during each of the four fshing seasons that concerns us all.  :)

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Good reply Sam! On my home lake a bit of wind, especially during the day is a good thing, Fishing always seems better on those days than on mirror glass days.

 Also since it is a trolling motor only lake, a good light wind can really help you save your batteries with a good drift speed

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Depends.

The body of water, the direction of the wind, and the wind's speed all play a role.

For example, on lakes wind can create white caps and turn a beautiful day into a dangerous nightmare.

On rivers, wind can turn a peaceful place into a disaster with white caps and difficulty controlling your boat.

Also, when you go to trailer your boat, wind at the ramp can make this a challenge.

So wind, within acceptable limits, is your friend, blowing baitfish towards the shore or warmer water into a cove, and creating some chop for spinnerbaits, etc.

And wind can be a dangerous enemy.

So it is not from which direction the wind blows as each body of water is different; it is the force of the wind during each of the four fshing seasons that concerns us all. :)

Excellent response.

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Sam is dead on on the dangers of the wind, but all in all, the wind can be indicative of fronts and pressure systems. There are plenty of little sayings about the wind, like wind from the west, fish bite the best, and wind from the east, fish bite the least. This comes from the idea that with a westerly wind you have stable conditions while an eastern wind shows a front or high pressure system. Same for northern and southern winds.

But should the wind deter you from fishing, most likely not. But it can give you a clue into what the fish are doing, and then you have a better chance to adapt to catch those fish.

Good Luck,

Peter

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Thanks guys. I guess I should have worded it different. Fishing with wind out of the north is not a waste of time? It's just an old wife's tale?

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Thanks guys. I guess I should have worded it different. Fishing with wind out of the north is not a waste of time? It's just an old wife's tale?

Wind from the west fish bite the best, wind from the east fish bite the least ------> BS.

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The only thing that deters me is lightning! Something about holding a 7 foot long graphite rod with a lot of electricity in the air turns me off a bit. I do like to fish while it is raining tho. Senko's seem to work the best when it is raining!

Like already stated, I think fishing is better when there is a bit of a chop on the water. I try to fish the windward shore line.

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Thats why I have a 50" shaft. No problem fishing even the choppiest rip rap or any other windy bank for that matter. I can hold tight over a peice of structure on Erie with no problem in 2-4 footers.

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No way! The wind is my friend. There is ALWAYS a way to take advantage of it IMO.

Right on. I like windy days, puts all the babies in the coves that have no fish.

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I like to fish the wind too....however.....if you are in Fl and the wind is coming from the north then.

a) its Dec-Jan

B) that wind is COLDDDDDDDDDD...particularly for us thin blooded types..

and c) the fish here do NOT bite in the cold...

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I don't care what direction the wind blows or how hard it blows. If it's too bad I put the seat in the front pedastile, throw out the drift sock, cast out a tube or a c-rig, and keep on catching fish.

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