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Fishing Articles by Mike Peluso
Wind and Jigs
By Mike Peluso
Whether you are fishing a river or a lake, you are going to run into wind. Wind plays a major role on the habits of feeding walleyes. We either need more wind or we don't have enough. In a river situation it is nice to have a slight breeze. On a lake, we need a little more wind to get the water moving and break up the sunlight. No matter how the wind blows, we still have to try and catch fish. So good or bad it is important to make adjustments to it.
When we are fishing jigs in windy conditions, this can present a problem. With jigs, you must keep good bottom contact and feel. Without good feel of your jig it is going to be tough to boat walleyes. The first thing that needs to be done is to survey the situation. Anytime we decide to make changes because of weather can effect the bite. The first thing I like to do when the wind really starts blowing is to slow down. Wind has a way to get into our heads and make us do all sorts of crazy things. If you are fishing a 1/4oz jig, stay with it and adjust the speed of the boat to remain in contact with the bottom. The first thing most anglers do is tie on a larger jig. Putting a heavier jig is going to change the presentation and if the fish are biting, this is not always a good move.
The next thing you will want to do is lower your rod tip. Placing the tip of the rod inches from the water will keep your line below the surface and out of the wind. If the wind grabs your line it is very difficult to feel bites and the bottom. Doing this is going to take more concentration on your part to detect bites. If you are fishing jigs the proper way, you are a line watcher. When the rod tip is this low to the water it almost eliminates this extra way of noticing strikes. So paying close attention to the tip of the rod will be more important now. I always place my index finger on the line to get more feel of the jig. This really pays off when you can't watch your line because it is under the water.
Some of your best day's walleye fishing are going to take place on windy
days. Try to use the wind to your advantage. Wind is a very important
factor in a walleyes life. It lets them move up in shallow water to ambush
prey. It also deflects the sunlight from there light sensitive eyes. When
the breeze seems to be getting the best of you, take a deep breath and try to
remain focused at your task of catching fish. Pretending the wind isn't
there is the best way to approach it. Also, be smart about fishing in the
wind. Know your limitations and stay safe. Remember that catching a walleye
is not a life and death situation. Keep your stick on the ice. Mike Peluso
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