Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3720 Sept 14-18 - Page 25

Sept 14 - 28, 2018 FRESHWATER VOL.37 • ISS. 20 25 BASS FISHING SPOTLIGHT By Randy Pringle The Wind Is Your Friend! M ost anglers start off their day by checking out weather reports or just looking outside; do I go or not? Just remember that when you look outside and your neighbor’s tree is blowing over, it might not be a bad thing at this time of the year. Wind in the winter, now that is a whole different ballgame. It just makes it unbearable to fish at times. However, wind in the summer can make the fishing red hot! You just have to believe in one thing, the wind is your friend. You can’t change Mother Nature, you’ve got to go with it. For example, if you are a weightless worm fisherman you are going to have to adjust. The key to how the wind effects the action is water temperature. At 70 degrees or higher fish need to eat a lot so even though the weather may not be to your liking, the fish are still eating. Speaking for myself, I want to feed them! Let’s talk about the different kinds of wind. Yes, different kinds! Let’s set the table for your day on the Delta. Water temperature is in the 70s, of course it is windy, but it is a cold wind and white caps? Most likely, throughout the night the water temperature dropped, so it will be hard to get a morning top water bite, not impossible, but tough. My selections in this case are subsurface baits with a couple of modifications. The first bait I’d turn to is a crankbait. A couple baits come to mind. I need baits with a big wobble, the more commotion, the better. Strike Kings 4S in a crawdad or bluegill pattern and Ima’s Shaker also in a crawdad or bluegill pattern. Cranking the bait down and ticking the structure with a stop and go retrieve is important; deflection, deflec- tion, deflection, giving the bait the look of an injured food source. Persuader’s E-Chip Spinner Bait in a half ounce size, chartreuse and white or black and red, bumping and ripping thought structure can be money in the bank or fish in the box when the wind blows and the fish refuse to come to the surface. If you love to flip or pitch, adjust your weight so you can feel the bottom. Keep your rod tip low so the wind won’t catch your line as you work the bait back. A quarter ounce Tru-Tungsten weight or larger would be my recommendation, teamed with a 5/0 Daiichi Offset Hook rigged with a ten inch Berkley Power Worm in a dark color. This bait will give you a big profile with a lot of water F7GW&&6R&VV&W"FB66WRbFfЦ6F3FvFW"&G26&RF&v6BvG&r'WBFR&BVVG2F7FFR7G&RRvW"FW7VFV&G2gW&&B2vVVFW72g&rvFrWF@W2&vR6FFR7W&f6R'WBv7FFR7G&RRrB&BFB&r&26( B&W67BF&6'2v&vVFR&pB2FRF&w&W76W2R6fPFƖvFW"6'27B'WBBV7BFW( 0&vR'WWB67&6R&r&FW2B2BbƖRvR&B'WBvF&G>( &V"BW2"F7GW"Ц&6RFR7W&f6RB6&Rf6V@FR7G&RR2r2RvBFVWBFW&R6rW"w&7B6'Fvv&BF6'&rWFR&vvW7@&72FR&VvFFR6R&626FF2'WBvFv&vG2FR&rFRfvp&G26&RFFVBFW"'6VW'7VFW.( 2FV&R'W&BFR`V6R6RvFRB6'G&WW6R"&6B&VBFRFV&R'W2FB&6W#B7&VFW2Bb6RBB`6FR7W&RFRGv&FW0F6V6FW"WfW'6gFVFFB&P6RFV( 2FV&RFB7v&@2&vRFv6vfW2BfW'&vPFV&vvVBvVVFW72vFF6( 0Wrr'WGBG&vvW"7v&B6B"&VVv6"F2&B2FVFǒrƗ7FVWFR6"bFRvFW F7FFW2FR6"6VV7FbW"W&W2f"VFGvFW"FB6'G&WW6R"ƗGFP&vRW"&G2vFW"6gB&G2vƗGFRF&W"BF2vVPFV7FBWBvVR&Rf6rPbF6RƖvBvGF2FV&G0"֖r6WfV66R2R`גF&G2ƖRF2&BVFW"ff6"6'G&WW6R&B6F2fW''FBFP7VVBbFR&Bv6vRFRvRv&R&RF&WG&WfRW"&B`RVVBFv&FR&B6rfpv7BFRvBvVWFR&@7FF'2Rv&FRG&ƖpF"f'v&Bv&W"&Bg&@bFR&BvVR&Rf6rf7Bfp&BvvFFRvBF2vpRF6fW"FRvFW"f7FW"FvWBFP7B7FfRf6F7G&RFWVFrFR&BR&RF&vrR66VPr&B6Fr6R"'&VvGFञ( fRfVBWW"F6R&vF6Rbג&V6VFF2@FVvG2vB2FW7FVCN( 06WFr2vW'2FBvRW7@FVvFF( BvƲvg&vBख7FVBVWBBVBF( BWB@v&^( gRv&FRvBV'W&( 2vf6F6RFfVGW&R67&VF&fW 6f6r6V֖"6WFV&W"#"td4D4R&W6VG>( `45$TD$dU 44TԔ 6GW&F6WFV&W"#&BcХ6WW'BBwVFRW''bDrF"Ч7'G2BwVFR6W'f6Rv6&R2WW'F6Rf"f6ЦrFR67&VF&fW"f"6vFf7W2FP67&VF&fW"WG&&VbRvBF6F6&P67&VF&fW"66RW2BF26V֖"6VVF'&Vg&W6VG2v&R6W'fVBvRfRTtR4TT5D`6F6Rf"&fW'2BFR6VࢃS3r3CB7FW'26W'BV'W&4vf6F6R6Ф6GW&F6WFV&W"#"vf6F6RV'W&6v&R7Fr7V667&ЦVF&fW"6f6r6V֖"'6FदW''bDrF'7'G2wVFR6W'f6R6FW''f6W2FRfVFW"67&VFBW&6&fW'2f"67FVVƆVB7G&W'0B&RW''ffW'2&FG&g@&BBWB&@G&2BR0G'VRfVFbf6pvVFvR`RvBF6F6&R6F0fF22W7@GFVBWfVBFRvf67Ffbv&fFP&Vg&W6VG2@b6W'6RFWfRFRF6PRVVBf f6rfW@fFvFW'2FR6V֖ 26FVBf gvf626FVBBCB7FW'26W'BV'W&f"&Rf&FvfRFV6@S3r3