Many anglers are creatures of comfort; they take the path of least resistance. Sometimes, however, this keeps them from being as efficient and successful on the water as they could be.
For instance, when the wind is blowing, many fishermen seek calm, quiet water where it’s easier to maneuver the boat, work lures and feel bites. However, by avoiding windy areas, they may also be staying away from zones where fish are feeding the most and where they can be caught the best.
Here’s why. Wind-blown wave action concentrates sportfish’s food source in predictable areas. Waves push minnows into the shoreline. Waves stir up the shallows and expose crawfish and other prey. The breeze moves insects into downwind areas. And fish know that wind-exposed banks and flats will offer a predictable feeding opportunity, so they show up with eating in mind.
So, don’t shy away from windy areas. Instead, when safe, seek them out and work them thoroughly with your choice of live or artificial baits. If wave action has caused the water to be dingy, use brighter-colored lures – chartreuse or chrome.
Also, lures with aggressive actions (wide-wobbling crankbaits, big-blade spinnerbaits, etc.) are easier for fish to find in dingy water.
Again, calm water may be easier to fish, but wind-blown water may be the best place to fish. Head to the down-wind side of the lake or pond you’re fishing, and see if this doesn’t prove to be true.