This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – how to cast into the wind and what baits work best.

Hi fellow AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: fishing vlog is about casting into the wind affectively and what baits help you fish in the wind.

Many people dislike fishing in the wind because it can cause lots of issues with line tangles, trouble casting to spots you want, limited(if any) boat or kayak control, lots of issues to deal with on windy days.

So how do you battle these issues? For starters use heavier baits, as the weight alone will be enough to power through that wind. Second use more streamlined heavy baits, leaner style crankbaits with less drag and weight to help torpedo them through the wind.


What to avoid bait wise? Larger lighter baits, bulkier baits like spinnerbaits that can cause a lot of drag getting through the wind due to their shape.

Crankbaits in general will cut through wind easier due to the aerodynamic shape of them, not much to cause drag especially if they are heavier baits. The two lipless crankbaits below have great weight to them and sleek curvy body designs, making them great choices for casting into the wind as they are streamline and the wind passes right over them causing very little to no drag on the bait.

If the fish are biting when you cast into the wind heavier baits should be the choice.  If the fish are striking when you cast with the wind any bait is a good choice, as the wind will carry it quite far no matter how bulky or how much drag it would get.

Example this larger spinnerbait below does have some good weight to it unfortunately due to it’s overall shape and bulkiness it creates drag during the cast, meaning the wind has a larger surface area to catch and actually slows the bait down. So on a very windy day casting into the wind I would probably avoid this bait until the wind calmed down or if the fish are hitting from the other direction by casting with the wind then you can use a bulky bait like this.

Windy days can create some great fishing days, so don’t avoid them find ways to utilize the wind to your advantage.

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – Observe the eyes of a fish you catch to learn about where it was holding in the water column – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers!  This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: fishing vlog is about learning fish feeding habits from looking at a fishes eyes once you have caught it.

What can a fishes eyes tell you? Well for any of your fellow AMFisHers who may not know a fishes eyes can actually tell you where they are located in the water column and why they hit a bait your were using.  When you catch a fish, hold it horizontally and take a close look at where it’s eyes are pointing and sitting. Fish in many cases will always keep an eye on where the schools of bait fish are, for example if a school of largemouth bass are two feet off the bottom of the lake in 10ft of water they are most likely looking up towards schools of bait fish hanging out in the same area.

So with the example above if you were to catch one of those bass and examine it’s eyes once you bring the fish in, the eyes should be pointing upwards. A fishes eyes will actually remain in that position for several minutes, as they were locked in on bait fish they wanted to keep and eye on.  How can this help you? Well let’s say you are using your favorite spinnerbait and fishing it in 8ft of water with the bait running about 3ft deep and a fish strikes, once you look at it’s eyes it will tell you where the fish came from. If the eyes are facing upwards the fish came up at the bait from below it, if the fishes are are towards the front of it’s head the fish was chasing the bait from behind it in the same water column and if a fishes eyes are facing downwards then the fish struck the bait from the top.

This is great information for us as it quickly confirms where the fish are holding, with the example above any fish that had eyes pointing upwards was in 3ft or deeper water, any fishes eyes that were pointing downwards was in 3ft or less down from the surface and any fishes eyes that were towards the front of the head was right in that 3ft deep water column.  With this information you can continue catching fish with that same bait presentation until it stops working, then you start with either deeper or shallower baits to find what part of the water column the fish have moved to.

Fish usually tells us a lot about how they want to be caught, we just need to focus on what they are telling us. If you have been using a bait all day with no bites there is a reason for that, so don’t stick with one bait too long if it has not caught any fish. I usually give a bait a good 10 to 15 minutes, if there was zero interest I switch things up and start again. Focus on what the fish are telling you and you will start to catch more fish. Add in examining a fishes eyes once you catch it and you will increase your odds even further.

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