Fishing in Wind – 5 Good Baits to Catch Bass

Fishing in wind can be extremely frustrating, so use these 5 good baits to catch bass in windy conditions. When you have a weekend to go fishing which appears to be spoiled by the wind, try these baits and tips to help you catch more fish. Include in this article is 5 top baits for windy conditions and how to fish them. In addition, on here you will find some video content illustrating fishing in wind to catch some bass. Don’t let a little wind spoil your next fishing trip. Enjoy the article!
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Gear Review: Spro RkCrawler 50

Spro RkCrawler 50

The RkCrawler 55’s little brother has arrived. Designed with a wide wobbling action and a giant lip, these baits are created for exactly what the name implies — banging around rock and sandy gravel in hopes of causing that deflection bite that bass can’t resist. Available in eight colors.

If you are in an area with a lot of hard rock and are targeting 5-9 feet, then that is what this bait was made for. Designed on Table Rock Lake, this bait is made for hitting things and wobbling while it does it, making a commotion under the water that will get the attention of the bass.



A slightly smaller size than the original RkCrawler is more than welcome for those who fish smaller waters. If you fish around boulders and hard cover then you know this type of crankbait is perfect for the occasion. Weighing 5/16 instead of 1/2 ounce of the 55, it’s the perfect profile for that smaller crankbait bite but maintains its toughness for all the rocks you are about to run into. Getting a bite off a deflection is one of the most fun ways you can catch a bass, so why not try out a bait that was built for it?

A Stuck Fly Rod (& 6 Things That Should Help)

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Let me be clear: I did virtually everything I should have done beforehand. The rod was stored disassembled, in it’s sock, in it’s tube, sealed. Nothing was applied to the male ferrule. No paraffin, no candle wax, and definitely no nose grease. I know that there are different sides to this debate, but rod makers I’ve personally talked with have advocated the position of “just keep it clean.”

Regardless of any proactive steps I did or didn’t take, the rod was still stuck. Time travel is, for better or for worse, off the table.

Of course, I just tried to pull it apart. Think of how often you break down your rod without any issue. A firm grip on either side of the joint usually does it – and does it unremarkably. I encountered resistance. And this is when I knew my rod was, in some way, stuck.

Step two was a more deliberate version of just pulling. I tucked the butt of the rod into my left armpit and grabbed below the ferrule with my left hand. My right hand grabbed above the ferrule joint, and I pulled hard and straight. Usually this method, with a bit more power and bracing, unsticks over-tightened ferrules. This didn’t make a difference.

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Steelhead Landed with What Attached to It? – Updates

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A broken heart, and the tail of a steelhead.

Last week, an angler out of Chicago landed this steelhead with a wedding ring attached to its tail and the story went viral. After some research eventually the original owner of the ring came forward and gave his story.

For the record, please DO NOT attach anything to any fish you catch, especially to the tail. you can already see in the featured image the damage to the tail that was done by the zip tie as the fish swam along. As these fish grow, so does the diameter of their body and this zip-tie would have seriously impacted the life of this fish, had it not been harvested.

From Chicago Sun-Times:

“Jim Nelligan and friends were fishing Lake Michigan Friday when they boated a steelhead and, mystery of mysteries, a wedding ring was strapped around the narrow part of the fish by the tail.

“So, we caught this steelhead today,” Nelligan emailed. “Someone attached their wedding ring to this fish and we caught it. Wonder if it was a divorce or death, but a crazy story!’’

For the nitty gritty of the ring, Nelligan emailed, “Had an inscription of SDH Steel on the ring.”

Nelligan was fishing on his boat, “Grey Lion II,” by the R4, the famous buoy east of Chicago’s north suburbs. They were fishing for lake trout with four colors of lead-core line with a Blue Dolphin spoon in 105 feet of water. Joe Penar caught the fish with John Massard netting it. Bob Nichols was another crew member.”


It appears the ring once belonged to a fishing guide who, after a divorce, decided to attach the ring to the fish for some reason.

“I really just didn’t want to cause any issues with my ex, she seems to find the story somewhat amusing and none of us can believe someone caught it!’’ Capt. Jason Rose messaged.

As a cathartic move, Rose tied his wedding band to a steelhead on May 4 and released it near the port of Whitehall, Michigan.”

If you value fish health, please don’t attach anything to any fish regardless of how much your ex messed with your fishing habits and head, something wrapped around the tail of a fish can be incredibly detrimental to their health, especially if attached to the most important part of their body, their tail.

Photos from Jim Nelligan and Capt. Jason Rose.

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